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#IBelieveHer has been trending on Twitter this afternoon following news of Paddy Jackson’s signing to the London Irish rugby club.

The public has taken to the social media platform to express their disgust and shock at the news of the sportsman’s signing.

Understandably, people are feeling frustrated, hurt and simply distraught by the news, proving that accusations made against Jackson didn’t ‘ruin his life’ as many claimed following the non-guilty verdict.

One Twitter user wrote: “This is how rape culture manifests. This is how we protect rapists over survivors. This is why people don’t come forward. When asking how to protect women, start by looking in the f**king mirror.”

“Shocked and disappointed by this news. This is a player who should never work again after the way that poor woman was treated. Acquitted of rape, but what came out of that trial shows he is an appalling example of humanity,” said another.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I Believe Her trended following the harrowing Belfast rape trial in 2018, proving that the major consensus disagreed with the result.

It was Ireland’s #MeToo moment and a sign that times were changing. Women and men across the Emerald Isle rallied together to fight for victims who many failed to respect, help and believe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jackson and Olding may not have been found guilty, but that won’t silence the #IBelieveHer movement. It won’t stop us from supporting victims, offering them the support they so crucially need and believing them when they share stories of their trauma.

We believe her.

 

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I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan since my early teens so when I found out I was going to her Dublin show on the Reputation tour I was overjoyed. I couldn’t help but shed a few happy tears.

I know she isn’t everyone's cup of tea, some people find her fake, others think her music is cringey, but one thing you must applaud her for is how she opened up about being a victim of sexual assault.

August 14 marked the one year anniversary of the day the jury sided in the singer’s favour in her case against former radio host David Mueller.

 

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As she looked out at a crowd of loving fans, Taylor opened up about the trial: “A year ago I was not playing in a stadium in Tampa, I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado. This is the day the jury sided in my favor and said that they believed me.”

The Delicate singer welled up as she spoke about all of the victims who were ignored and pushed aside. The ones who weren’t taken seriously. The ones who weren’t listened to.

 

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“I just think about all the people that weren’t believed and the people who haven’t been believed, and the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed,” Taylor said.

“I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who ever wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if somebody didn’t believe me when I said something had happened to me.”

The You Belong With Me continued: "I just wanted to say we have so much further to go, and I’m so grateful to you guys for being there for me for what was really a horrible part of my life.”

Taylor thanked her fans for seeing her through all the good times- the number one songs, the sold out tours and the awards- and the bad times- the breakups, the online abuse and the groping trial.

She addressed the crowd: “I wanted to say that I’m so happy to see you and to have you and know you through the ups and the downs in my life.”

The singer struggled to hold back her tears during the moving speech: “Sorry I just haven’t really talked about it, and so I’m just not composed at all.”

Following the Look What You Made Me Do singer's tear-jerking speech, fans held up $1 notes to support Taylor and survivors of sexual abuse. 

Reasons like this remind me of why I have adored the Call It What You Want singer since I was a teenager. Sure, you may not enjoy her music, but her courage is something we should all appreciate.

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Protests were organised across the country last week in the wake of the not-guilty verdict handed out by the jury to Paddy Jackson and his teammate Stuart Olding.

Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison were also found not guilty of perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

The trial sparked a wider discussion around consent, and there was a huge public outpouring of support and solidarity for the victims of sexual assault and rape. 

Now, the solidarity I Believe Her movement is garnering international attention, with a march organised in New York City, USA this evening.

'We are holding this rally in response to the outcome of the recent Belfast rape trial,' states the event description. 

'This is a chance for everyone who feels the same upset and anger at the result of this trial to show their support for the victim.'

'The criminal justice system continually fails women in this regard and enough is enough.' 

The protest will begin at Dag Hammarskjold Park at 7pm (or midnight Irish time) and march towards the Irish embassy. 

You can find all the details via the Facebook event here.

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Today, thousands of marchers took to the streets of Dublin in solidarity with victims of rape and sexual assault in the We Stand With Her rally. 

Holding banners proclaiming 'I Belive Her' and chanting 'sue me Paddy,' the march served as a reminder that while the Belfast rape trial may now be closed, with not guilty verdicts handed out, the discussion about sexual violence, rape and consent is just beginning. 

The SHEmazing team was at the March, you can check out our live coverage and pictures over on Instagram – @shemazing.ie.

Here's the march through the eyes and ears on the ground: 

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In the wake of the not guilty verdict from the rape trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, a huge movement has cropped up online sharing their support for the anonymous women who pressed charges against the two men.

The solidarity movement, which uses the hashtag #IBelieveHer with flourish, is responsible for a number of marches which have gone on in the country this week, and has become a national phrase to express disgust at the way victims and alleged victims of sexual assault are treated. 

In response to the trial result, and using the phrase, a stunning piece of street art has been erected in Arklow. 

 

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One of the artists took to Instagram to share her feelings regarding the mural.

'I’m disgusted but in no way surprised at today’s verdict in Belfast,' she penned in an Instagram post on Wednesday. 

'Big thank you to Dara for helping me paint this because I don’t know what else to do.' 

 

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The mural is being shared across social media as a representation of public opinion. 

The debate is continuing to rage online, but hopefully the physical representation of the words will bring some solace to those who have been impacted by the trial.

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Protests have been organised across the country today in the wake of the not-guilty verdict handed out by the jury to Paddy Jackson and his teammate Stuart Olding.

Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison were also found not guilty of perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Public opinion clearly shows an opposing view to the verdict, with the #IBelieveHer trending in Ireland, and now rallies have been organised in opposition to the verdict.

Rallies have been organised outside the high court in Belfast tomorrow, with solidarity rallies being held in Limerick and Dublin at 12.30pm

‘This event is for those who cannot make the rally at Belfast High Court. Brings signs and placards to show your support,’ reads the Dublin rally Facebook event.

‘There is a lot of anger and upset among women who have observed the treatment of the victim in this case and found it harrowing and re-traumatising.’

‘Let’s show our solidarity to this woman and all women who have been mistreated by the justice system and the way it deals with sexual crimes.’

More information regarding the rallies is available via Facebook.

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In the wake of the not guilty verdict given by the jury in the Belfast rape trial of Paddy Jackson and his teammate Stuart Olding, people have been taking to Twitter to express their support for the victim.

Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison were also found not guilty of perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Public opinion clearly shows an opposing view to the verdict, with the #IBelieveHer trending in Ireland minutes after the verdict was read:

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