Blaming the Victim: A Grave Offense Indeed

Blaming the Victim: A Grave Offense Indeed

Abby Zimet

Horrific: Iman al-Obeidi, the Libyan woman who burst into a Tripoli hotel to tell Western reporters she'd been gang-raped by Gaddafi thugs, now faces criminal charges. Her family says she is a lawyer arrested for attending a demonstration. Gaddafi officials say, alternately, she is crazy, drunk, a prostitute. Chilling video, but protests grow.


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