We need, as a nation, to talk about consent

We need, as a nation, to talk about consent

Ireland has a problem with rape, a problem rooted in our history and in the religious and societal promotion of an ‘ascetic morality’ that made sexuality a malign force

Ireland has a problem with rape. It’s a historic problem and an ongoing problem. It’s a problem for our legal system, for our institutions and for our policy makers. Most of all, though, it’s a problem for our culture.

That problem may be rooted in an extraordinary set of statistics from the 1950s, themselves likely rooted in the experience of famine, a hundred years earlier. By mid last century, Ireland had become...

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