In the Belfast rape trial, I’m haunted by the man who couldn’t stand up to his friends


Helen Lewis

Publication date: 

8th Apr 2018

How the trial of four rugby players exposed a deep seam of misogyny. Sometimes, a cold recital of the facts has more force than yards of the most thunderous polemic. After a night in which a group of rugby players had a sexual encounter with a woman at a party, one of the men sent a volley of messages to the friend who took her home.