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Thread #163875   Message #3917528
Posted By: Jim Carroll
16-Apr-18 - 03:14 AM
Thread Name: BS: Irish Rugby players rape case
Subject: RE: BS: Irish Rugby players rape case
What has been ignored in all these arguments is that, in Ireland at least, this has moved on from an accusation and trial of rape to a mucxh, much wider issue
Whether the accused were guilty or not is immaterial - as far as I am concerned they were a bunch of overprinted thugs who took advantage of their position by boasting about their 'conquest' and denigrating the woman they had 'conquered'
The immediate reaction here was to get women out on the streets in their thousands to protest - not at the verdict but how women are treated in general, especially regarding rape
It became part of the larger movement which really started with Savile and co and has now become a world-wide campaign to recognise that the use of privilege to obtain sexual gratification is a major social problem
The Irish Government, to their credit, have agreed to examine the laws and practices regarding accusations of rape
This shouldn't be about defending or condemning a bunch of boorish celebrity louts - it needs to be put in a wider context
Jim Carroll