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Category: Politics, Media, Violence against Women

WMC Co-Founder Gloria Steinem Comments on DSK Case Dismissal

August 25, 2011

Longtime women's rights activist Gloria Steinem told NY1 on Wednesday that she understands why the sex assault case against former International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was dismissed.

She told "Inside City Hall" anchor Errol Louis that after reading the reasons for dismissal, she saw that the accuser, hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, would have been destroyed on the witness stand.

Steinem said she thinks Diallo's story is credible, especially since so many other women have come forward with stories of abuse by Strauss-Kahn.

Also, Steinem said she hopes the dismissal will not discourage women in the future from coming forward in similar situations.

"I think the important thing here is to remember the long-term. Something happened in the narrow-scope of the courtroom which was terrible and we need to learn from it. But it has certain parallels I think with the Anita Hill case, in which she was not found credible by senators, but because so many other women came forward, ultimately now, she is credible," said Steinem.

All charges against Strauss-Kahn were dismissed Tuesday after questions were raised about Diallo's credibility.

Watch the clip here and watch the full discussion here.