Let’s take a break from Coronavirus for a moment to examine one of the most inexplicable Irish Times headlines in recent times:
Two men jailed for raping ‘blind drunk’ student in Co Donegal https://t.co/d8p3v8bLmJ
— The Irish Times (@IrishTimes) March 23, 2020
If there’s one thing the Irish Times is good at, it’s lecturing the rest of us about what words to use and what you are, and are not, allowed to say. For example, if someone was ever misgendered in the Dáil, you can be relatively certain that the Irish Times would publish an article denouncing the speechcrime the very next day.
But these men raped a “blind drunk” woman?
It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway, that it doesn’t matter whether the poor woman in question was drunk, blind drunk, or mildly tipsy. She was raped, and that was a crime.
When you write, as the Times has here, about her inebriation, you’re sending a message that something she did contributed to the rape.
This is, not coincidentally, much worse than the same thing that got George Hook suspended from Newstalk. He made the mistake of saying that he would warn his daughters to be “careful” on a night out, and he was roundly condemned for it.
Anyway, here’s the story, for what it’s worth:
“Two men who raped a student after bringing her back to their flat have been jailed for nine years.
Ghanaian nationals Boakye Osei (30), of Tooban, Burnfoot, and Kelvin Opoku (33), of Cill Graine, Letterkenny, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the rape of the woman in a town in Co Donegal in February 2015.
The Central Criminal Court heard that the woman was out with her friend in a nightclub on the night of the incident and met Opoku and Osei while walking home. The victim got into their car believing the men had offered to bring her home.
The woman told the trial that on a scale of one to 10 in terms of drunkenness, she was a 10 and about to pass out. A video clip shown during the trial showed the woman staggering around an apartment and later falling on the bathroom floor before the two men picked her up.
The men took her into a bedroom where they raped her. The woman testified that she was “blind drunk” and could not and did not consent to any sexual activity.”
The two boyos more than deserve their nine years. Let’s hope they enjoy every minute of it.
But the woman being drunk had nothing to do with it. They raped her because they could, not because of anything she did. The Irish Times should be very embarrassed.
As should everyone in that newspaper who piled onto George Hook. Hypocrites.