Opinion

Thursday 22 February 2018

Dearbhail McDonald: Is intimate partner violence less of a crime in law's eyes?

George Hook's comments on consent within relationships were clumsy, but voiced what many were thinking, says Dearbhail McDonald

George Hook
George Hook
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

The conviction and sentencing of rapist Magnus Meyer Hustveit was a truly exceptional case.

This is not just because the baby-faced Norwegian (25), with a penchant for watching porn, received a wholly suspended seven-year jail term for repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting his former girlfriend Niamh Ni Dhomhnaill in her sleep.

It's not just because he walked free having convinced himself, at the tender age of 22, that repeatedly raping a woman for short-term gratification in her sleep is "a victimless crime", one he justified because he "wasn't allowed to watch porn" or masturbate.

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