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It's yet another thread on this forum which has flushed out some very disgusting attitudes - those of DE being prominent.
Politics.ie moderators should moderate instead.
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On another issue -it was suggested earlier in the thread that going to bed with some one was not necessarily an agreement to have sex. While this might be correct in a technical kind of way I believe that in reality this is not the case. I believe that if you go to bed with some one you are agreeing to have sex with them and it is entirely reasonable that people in a jury or anywhere else make that assumption. Now as against this -is it possible to be raped by the person that you've agreed to go to bed with-sure of course it is but this involves saying no when you've already said yes and usually the no is a verbal denial of permission which instantly disappears into the ether while you've already said yes in a manner which generally can't be denied afterwards so that any jury has virtually no choice except to find the case not proven and in this case it seems that the doubt about the complainant having been dragged into the muddy lane seems to have led to a similar conclusion. In other words the thinking seems to be that if she went into the lane with him voluntarily the sex was likely to have been consensual. Anyway -isn't it great that we don't know any names involved.
"A little lie goes a long way when you can't say quite for sure what's the truth" - Mark Oliver Everett
It was all the weirder as it resulted from a prosecution brought in Belfast, which, in other circumstances it would have received as much attention if it had been tried in Belgrade, given the usual indifference towards anything that happens north of the Carrickdale Hotel.