These men are not rapists, but they are guilty of vile misogyny.Doesn't matter. That's not something you can be banged up for. No matter how much you harpies screech.
This was a high-profile trial in which the woman who had accused them of rape had her bloodied knickers passed around a courtroom, in which the taxi driver who took her home told of her sobbing, and her distressed texts were also read out.Otherwise known as 'presenting evidence in the case'. What, did you think all she'd have to do was make the accusation?
It turned out the evidence was pretty unpersuasive, too.
The jury unanimously acquitted these men of rape. Their friends Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison were unanimously found not guilty of indecent exposure and of perverting the course of justice. None of these men did anything illegal. Yet they are now fighting in a different court: the court of public opinion.No, it's the court of pressure groups and feminist whackjobs opinion. The vast majority of the public couldn't care one jot. The justice system has been used, and that's an end to it.
This week a full-page advertisement has been taken out in the Belfast Telegraph by supporters of Jackson and Olding, asking that their suspension from Ulster and Ireland rugby duties be lifted.And why not? They are not guilty. Their behaviour may be distasteful, but it does take two to tango.
Much as in the Chad Evans case, what did she think she was going back to their rooms for, tea and sandwiches with the crusts cut off, and a game of cribbage?
To bring Jackson and Olding back on to the rugby field now, as their supporters are demanding, would appear to endorse what looks like degrading behaviour. This would hardly be the first time such a thing has happened. But how do we teach the boys who admire and emulate sportsmen to respect women if this is how their role models conduct themselves? Talking after his acquittal about the risks of mixing alcohol and sex, Ched Evans said he had been “young” and “stupid” at the time.All participants in these cases can be said to be young and stupid. And often under the influence of various substances.
Why should that be a mitigating factor for the goose, but a damning one for the gander?