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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.



A march will take place in Dublin today in further solidarity with the Belfast Rape Trial victim. 

As well as supporting the victim in that specific case, the protest acts to serve as a reminder to all victims and survivors of sexual assault that they will be supported and believed despite the not-guilty verdicts administered in the Belfast trial this week. 

Today's march is a follow-up rally, after thousands took to the streets of Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork on Thursday of this week.

The rally will begin at 2pm at Dublin's City Hall on Dame Street.

The I Stand With Her march has been organised by TD Ruth Coppinger.

It is expected that bus and Luas routes within the city centre will be somewhat disrupted due to the march. 

Over 2,000 individuals have clicked attending on a Facebook event set up about the rally. 

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