lawyer Rachel-Flore Pardo denounces the “surprising” decision of the prosecution not to launch an investigation

“Today there is no investigation, but that does not mean that there will not be tomorrow,” warns the lawyer, founder of the feminist association Stop Fisha.

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“This decision by the prosecution not to open an investigation is surprising”, commented lawyer Rachel-Flore Pardo on Thursday May 26 on France Inter, while the justice system announced on Wednesday that it was not opening a preliminary investigation “as is” into the accusations of sexual violence against the new Minister of Solidarity Damien Abad. A decision justified by the absence “elements allowing the victim of the facts denounced to be identified”while the Observatory of gender-based and sexual violence in politics – to which one of the victims testified – claims not to have been contacted. “Today there is no investigation, but that does not mean that there will not be tomorrow”however nuanced Rachel-Flore Pardo.

The founder of Stop Fisha, a feminist association against cyber sexism, more broadly pointed out the limits, “failures”, justice in matters of gender-based and sexual violence. The complaint by Margaux, one of the two women accusing Damien Abad of rape, was dismissed in 2017. “If this decision had been understood, we would not have two clans opposing each other today. It contributes to nurturing a form of mistrust among the victims and it feeds the media court”she said, lamenting that “the large majority” of complaints are closed without action on the grounds “that the offense is not sufficiently characterized”. “Each flaw in justice is the triumph of the media court and that is why the urgency is to repair justice”insisted Rachel-Flore Pardo.

According to her, “it must be given the means to really take care of the victims”. “I hope, I expect, that this affair, this great malaise, will lead to the creation of an authority that can provide answers to these cases”, added the lawyer. According to her, it is necessary to hear the word of the victim while waiting for the legal response, to respect the presumption of innocence without falling into “presumed lie of the word of the victim”. “Why is it so complicated to be a victim today? It shouldn’t be”denounced Rachel-Flore Pardo.

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