Allegations of sexual harassment at the Gate Theatre

darkhorse

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Seems like Gate Theatre has allowed its employees to raise their concerns about sexual harassment 'in confidence'
Which seems odd because I would have thought there would have been allowed a neutral authority to raise them with
Either way, we don't seem to be hearing much about it on the national airwaves - especially in the light of the Weinstein casting couch allegations doing the rounds..
How serious is this - who are the allegators, who are the perps and where is this even coming from ?
We don't seem to be hearing about this in the same way as abroad....

THE GATE THEATRE issued a statement this afternoon following claims from a number of people in recent days about sexual harassment and abuse of power within the industry in Ireland.It said it has set up a confidential process for employees and contractors to raise any concerns they may have. They have been asked to contact The Gate through an email address – confidential@gate-theatre.ie
Gate Theatre issues statement in wake of claims of abuse of power and harassment
 


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Seems like Gate Theatre has allowed its employees to raise their concerns about sexual harassment 'in confidence'
Which seems odd because I would have thought there would have been allowed a neutral authority to raise them with
Either way, we don't seem to be hearing much about it on the national airwaves - especially in the light of the Weinstein casting couch allegations doing the rounds..
How serious is this - who are the allegators, who are the perps and where is this even coming from ?
We don't seem to be hearing about this in the same way as abroad....



Gate Theatre issues statement in wake of claims of abuse of power and harassment
Unless I'm mistaken, RTE carried this last night, quoting the Taoiseach on it. Can't understand why the theatre just simply didn't advise anybody with a complaint to go straight to the gardaí.
 

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Allegators? Snappy!
 

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It will be harder to name names before someone is charged because our libel laws are much tougher here and the naming of suspects in sexual assault cases is based on reciprocation of disclosure/anonymity until they are convicted.
 

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It will be harder to name names before someone is charged because our libel laws are much tougher here and the naming of suspects in sexual assault cases is based on reciprocation of disclosure/anonymity until they are convicted.
Libel laws are fairly tough in the UK too but we are hearing a lot more about what has been going on there - prior to any court convictions
 

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There's one heck of a spectrum from these alligators. Seems like every ugly person who made a dodgy pass is in danger of being Weinstained at the mo. The details are crucial in distinguishing the predators from the rest. Hand on the knee of a family friend is not the same as hand down the pants of a young employee.
 

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Libel laws are fairly tough in the UK too but we are hearing a lot more about what has been going on there - prior to any court convictions
They don't have our rules on not disclosing names before charges. In fact I think under Irish laws, if the accusation is of a child sex offence, that the accused can only be named if convicted - and only then if the victim agrees to be named too. Not as sure what the rules are for people accused of sexual assault on an adult. But one thing I am fairly sure of is that unlike the UK, an accused who has not been charged is not supposed to be named by An Garda Siochana. I think thats one of the reasons there are fewer allegations against celebrities here. There's a cottage-industry of false accusations of sexual assault against celebrities in the UK and US because of the disclosure rules, and the motivation is money.
 

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How long before this thread is euthanised...
 

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Our traditions protect the guilty alright
They protect the falsely-accused. They don't protect the convicted person's reputation and nor should they. There is a problem with class-based soft sentencing though as we've seen in the Humphreys case.
 

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They protect the falsely-accused. They don't protect the convicted person's reputation and nor should they. There is a problem with class-based soft sentencing though as we've seen in the Humphreys case.
But it seems odd that we can discuss innocent 'knee rubs' 15 years ago among UK MP's
But we don't dare discuss even winks at girls in similar circumstances here in Ireland
The law here does seem to protect the accused
 

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But it seems odd that we can discuss innocent 'knee rubs' 15 years ago among UK MP's
But we don't dare discuss even winks at girls in similar circumstances here in Ireland
The law here does seem to protect the accused
I call it protecting the presumption of innocence both in practice and importantly in spirit. The UK media do not respect the spirit of the presumption of innocence in their reporting. The Sun is re-running a story on Chris Evans that the police have already investigated last year and it said there wasnt enough evidence. We have a tradition in Ireland that you are entitled to your good name unless and until you are convicted of something. The UK media tradition is the tradition of Richard Piggott who admitted forging the notorious "Parnellism and Crime" allegations in the London Times in the Parnell era.
 

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They don't have our rules on not disclosing names before charges. In fact I think under Irish laws, if the accusation is of a child sex offence, that the accused can only be named if convicted - and only then if the victim agrees to be named too. ......
Didn't the papers name Tom Humphries before he was convicted?


Sunday World Cover Story, 17 April 2011


REVEALED

Writer Humphries accused of underage sex with GAA girl (14)
THE Sunday World today names the top sports writer accused of having a sordid sexual relationship with a schoolgirl camogie player.
Irish Times journalist Tom Humphries is the man at the centre of the sex scandal which has rocked the GAA and the media.

The prominent writer and underage GAA coach is a friend and confidante to a string of top sports stars.

This weekend he is said to be under round-the-clock medical care as he faces claims that he started an 18-month affair with the camogie player when she was just 14.

Gardai plan to quiz the 48-year-old father-of-two about the allegations which surfaced when members of his family found a mobile phone said to contain naked photographs and explicit texts
 

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Didn't the papers name Tom Humphries before he was convicted?


Sunday World Cover Story, 17 April 2011


REVEALED

Writer Humphries accused of underage sex with GAA girl (14)
THE Sunday World today names the top sports writer accused of having a sordid sexual relationship with a schoolgirl camogie player.
Irish Times journalist Tom Humphries is the man at the centre of the sex scandal which has rocked the GAA and the media.

The prominent writer and underage GAA coach is a friend and confidante to a string of top sports stars.

This weekend he is said to be under round-the-clock medical care as he faces claims that he started an 18-month affair with the camogie player when she was just 14.

Gardai plan to quiz the 48-year-old father-of-two about the allegations which surfaced when members of his family found a mobile phone said to contain naked photographs and explicit texts
I think its a rule for the Gardai - not for the media. Of course if the media lies they can expect to be sued. The Sunday World was correct on this occasion.
 


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