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WTF OTD – Rape Conviction Overturned Because Victim’s Sexual History Not Revealed

I’m sorry – what?

A Zimbabwean national was convicted of raping a woman in Ireland in 2008. It was recently discovered that the woman told prosecutors that, prior to being with her boyfriend, she had briefly dated a few of her boyfriend’s friends and engaged in intercourse with them. And because this fact wasn’t revealed at trial (that the woman had engaged in intercourse with her boyfriend’s friends while dating them), her rapist’s conviction was overturned and he is now able to seek damages.

W.T.F.

Since when is a survivor’s sexual history of ANY relevance to whether or not a given sexual encounter is consensual or not?

Again, W.T.F.

© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.

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