Updated: 27/09/17 : 15:37:17
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Rape survivors ask Boyd Barrett to condemn Trinity PBP theft of posters

Rape survivors say they are appalled and upset by the actions of Trinity People Before Profit who have boasted on Facebook that they have torn down posters which were advertising a meeting to be addressed by women who became pregnant after rape.

The women have asked the three People Before Profit TDs, Richard Boyd Barrett, Bríd Smith and Gino Kenny, to condemn the poster removal, and acknowledge the right of raped women to talk about their experiences in the debate on the abortion issue.

The Trinity People Before Profit Facebook page boasted that they had illegally removed the posters and said 'fuck the anti-choice brigade' in a reference to Unbroken Ireland, a group representing women who have become pregnant after rape, or have been conceived in rape themselves.

Laura Ní Chonghaile said that the actions were both thuggish and appalling, and that it was disgusting that abortion campaigners were trying to silence women who have been raped, simply because women were seeking a more compassionate and progressive answer than abortion.

"We are tired of being silenced, and we will no longer accept attempts to silence us, or to make us feel ashamed," said Ms Ní Chonghaile. "Is this the 19th century where aggressive men feel they can tear down our message and abuse us for sharing our experiences and having a point of view?"

"We need the People Before Profit TDs to condemn these actions immediately, and we want our posters put back up today. There is no place in a democratic debate for this extremism, and for shouting down women who have been raped," she said.

“The women who are speaking know at first-hand the trauma of rape and the needs of women who become pregnant from rape. We also understand the stigma attached to children who are conceived in this way. Women like us have been silenced by the stigma and shame we are made to feel, when it is only the rapist, who is a criminal, who should feel this stigma,” said Ms Ní Chonghaile.
“Whatever your views on abortion, I think most fair-minded, decent people would say that we have a right to speak and to share our experiences of pregnancy from rape, and it is appalling and upsetting that abortion campaigners want to silence us,” the Unbroken Ireland spokeswoman said.