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Tape fallout more insulting to rape victims than comments

Published 09/04/2011 | 05:00

Jerrie Anne Sullivan, one of the women at the centre of the garda 'rape tape' affair. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Jerrie Anne Sullivan, one of the women at the centre of the garda 'rape tape' affair. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

I find the garda 'rape tape' is getting boring. Of course, the remarks were extremely inappropriate, but it was what it was: inappropriate banter that just about everyone engages in at some time.

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I can confirm that I have threatened to kill several times. My cat got sick on my television. I threatened to kill him. My mechanic forgot to put a hose back in my car, and I said publicly that "I could kill him". I can confirm that the body count is zero, because we know it is not meant literally. There are a lot of opportunistic cynics -- politicians, CEOs, fundraisers -- furthering their own ends here, which is as big an insult to victims of rape as the comments themselves.

Anthony Halpin,
Bray, Co Wicklow

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