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In March 2018, four Irish rugby players were acquitted of charges of rape (faced by Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding), exposure (Blane McIlroy) and perverting the course of justice (Rory Harrison). The jury’s decision has been the subject of heated controversy, in Ireland and abroad. In this series, two Keep Calm Talk Law writers examine some of the major talking points that emerge from this highly publicised saga.

Series Editor: Bláthnaid Breslin

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The Belfast Trial: What Relying on Rape Myths Means for Justice

A defence barrister in the Belfast Trial sought to harness a rape myth in order to discredit the complainant. It is regrettable that rape myths are commonly used in this way, and even more regrettable that they are often effective in securing acquittals. The law should intervene to prevent this.

11:00, 1st May 2018
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#MeToo, #IBelieveHer and the Belfast Trial: Drawing Distinctions

There are important limitations to a finding of legal guilt in rape and sexual assault cases. This was made clear by the controversial decision in the Belfast Trial. Movements like #MeToo and #IBelieveHer must be careful to distinguish legal guilt from morally and socially unacceptable conduct.

11:00, 27th April 2018
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