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Paddy Jackson, “innocence”, rape and redemption

June 8, 2018
Paddy Jackson Belfast rape rugby player

When Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison were acquitted, in March, of all charges in a rape trial that lasted nine weeks (while the jury’s deliberations lasted three hours and 40 minutes), we should have known that wouldn’t be the end of things. It was a verdict that sparked outrage and protests; we asked questions about consent and machismo; we talked about a culture that causes men to believe they are entitled to women’s bodies; we asked…

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