What is it about?

The Ulster Rugby Rape Trial triggered a nation-wide conversation in Northern Ireland surrounding rape culture. This paper examines how the media represented views towards rape culture in relation to this case and how these views were responded to on social media.

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Why is it important?

This work found that Northern Irish society is becoming increasingly intolerant of the perpetuation of rape culture, with such attitudes of resistance being a dominant representation within both the media and social media.


I hope this article will address the current silence on the issue of rape culture in Northern Ireland within academia. In addition, I hope this article will result in a higher awareness within the Northern Irish community and beyond regarding the continuation and impact of rape culture on societies.

Kim McFalone

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This page is a summary of: #IBelieveHer: Representations of rape culture in Northern Ireland’s media surrounding the 2018 Ulster Rugby Rape Trial, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, September 2021, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/macp_00053_1.
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