Sunday January 19, 2020

Victim-blaming in court won’t change before the law does

Barristers will say and do anything to get their clients acquitted - which is why we need legislation to change what is permitted in rape trials

18th November, 2018

The outpouring of anger over the contention that wearing a thong might be a sign of sexual consent shows women are still being let down by the criminal justice system.

The #MeToo movement may be a year old, but the law in Ireland has clearly not caught up.

In a recent rape trial, senior defence counsel Elizabeth O’Connell urged the jury to consider the attire worn by a 17-year-old girl on a night out. In...

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