Protest at the way sexual violence cases are conducted

Protest at the way sexual violence cases are conducted

The #thisisnotconsent gathering in solidarity with victims of sexual abuse and violence which took place at Cork Courthouse, Washington Street, on Saturday. Picture: Larry Cummins

A PROTEST was held in Cork on Saturday to highlight the anger and frustration surrounding how sex crime cases are conducted in Irish courts.

The rally was organised by two young French women, along with the head of Cork’s Sexual Violence Centre, Mary Crilly, and local councillor Fiona Ryan, who spoke to the crowd of 40 people at the event.

Ms Crilly spoke about the need to keep the conversation going around “victim blaming” in the Irish court system.

Organiser Meline Borde referenced a recent rape trial case in Cork where details of the underwear worn by the teenage girl were put into evidence.

The accused man was found not guilty but the references to underwear by the defence barrister has sparked a nationwide movement to overhaul how rape cases are conducted.

Ms Borde said: “Too many victims are not considered, too many victims don’t dare to speak. It is up to us to reverse the trend, all together.”

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