In 1990, an 18-year-old Katie Koestner was raped in her dorm room on the College of William and Mary campus in Virginia, USA.
A case in California is exposing the fault-lines of the way we perceive rape and sexual assault, writes Joyce Fegan
We need to remove the myth that a rape victim who has consumed alcohol is in any way responsible for the crime committed against them, says Cliona Saidlear, head of the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland (RCNI).
Last week, as the Stanford victim impact statement was read around the world, Irish male voices began to speak out about rape culture.
Approximately one in seven students at University College Cork say they have been a victim of rape or serious sexual assault.
Child and adolescent psychotherapist Joanna Fortune visits schools around Ireland, and many of the teenage girls she meets level blame on a rape victim if they have consumed alcohol.
Sexual assault is one of very few crimes where a human being’s natural inclination to sympathise with another is reversed and victim-blaming occurs.
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