Monday 24 July 2017

Rapist's sentence reminds us there's no permission ever for sexual violence

Reporting sexual violence within an intimate relationship brings its own particular problems. There is the burden which it places on someone harmed by the rape or sexual abuse who is trying to rebuild their lives (Stock photo)
Reporting sexual violence within an intimate relationship brings its own particular problems. There is the burden which it places on someone harmed by the rape or sexual abuse who is trying to rebuild their lives (Stock photo)

Noeline Blackwell

'Deciding to make the statement on the rape was so difficult because it meant admitting to myself what had happened." These words are part of the victim impact statement made by the wife in the marital rape case where sentence was handed down in the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

That statement, as well as the 12-year sentence (with two years suspended) for rape are being widely reported.

It is necessary to remember that this is the first hearing of this case and the convicted defendant may well appeal either his conviction or his sentence. So this article is not an examination of the case.

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