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Trinity magazine apologises after publishing 'humorous' rape story

The Ball Guide has been recalled from campus and deleted online.

AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED in Trinity College’s Ball Guide has been sharply criticised after it appeared to outline the raping of a student.

The anonymous piece documents two men dressing up as paramedics and raping a female student placed in their care.

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Trinity College Miscellany Magazine apologised for publishing the article, saying it was an “editorial oversight”. This article was intended to be humorous and, according to Miscellany, “clearly untrue”.

Copies have been recalled from the TCD campus, and the online edition has been removed.


In a Facebook post, Miscellany pointed out that the Ball Guide is “not officially linked with MCD, and Trinity Ents have no official association or oversight of the publication”.

They encouraged anyone affected by issues raised to contact Ian Mooney (TCDSU Welfare) at 086 159 5178 or the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre at 1800 77 88 88.

Several people have complained about the inclusion of the piece, saying it normalises rape.

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