A well known Irish sports star allegedly used a sexual assault trend known as stealthing on a woman three years ago.

The brave victim has broken her silence after she claimed the sportsman turned an intimate sexual experience into an alleged assault.

It is alleged that the pair began having consensual sex following a night out before Christmas in 2017, but things turned nasty as he used the act of stealthing while mid-intercourse.

Stealthing is the act of removing a condom or leaving it deliberately damaged when the partner only consents to sexual intercourse which is protected by a condom.

The woman told her story after only recently discovering that the act was in fact assault.

She shared her experience on social media as part of the #IBelieverHer movement under an alias, which led to others sharing their experiences.

After returning to her home with the sportsman, the woman told Dublin Live of her experience: "We were in a position where I was faced away from him and it was only when we were finished, I noticed he wasn't wearing a condom and I thought at first it might have broken but then I saw it on the floor.

"People have always asked me since, 'are you sure you asked him to use a condom?' and I did - it was one of the main deal breakers.

"I said, 'what the f*** did you do that for?' I didn't even have the vocabulary to express my anger and upset.

"He just shrugged his shoulders and said 'it feels better' and then he literally rolled over and fell asleep.

The woman has kept her identity private while telling the story (stock image)

"He genuinely couldn't understand why I was so angry. I don't know if it was ignorance or stupidity.

"I started thinking, 'Well this is your own fault now, you shouldn't be bringing random guy's home' but anyway eventually I got to sleep."

"Following morning, I went to the bathroom and in the two minutes I'm gone, he vanished.

"I thought 'charming'. He left behind his passport, car keys and wallet so I took a picture of his passport so I could give him a search on social media later that night."

The sportsman returned later in the day to collect his belongings.

She said: "Before he had time to say 'I...', I just threw the things at him and slammed the door. I was so embarrassed and mortified and I didn't know which was worse, the sex aspect or him leaving while I was in the bathroom."

The woman did not report the alleged assault to the police in Ireland as she initially assumed that the night was just a bad sexual experience, rather than any level of assault.

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She was later blocked on social media by the sports star, who had a girlfriend, after the pair exchanged messages.

However, as the #IBelieverHer movement picked up steam, and the woman's claims were seen by thousands of people, she was unblocked again.

"I'm not sure if I'll be messaged with an apology, a warning, a threat, or a lawsuit. I don't know what's coming next," she said.

"But it's important to tell my story. First of all, it's important to educate people about the right words. I didn't know what stealthing was until recently, never mind that it was an assault.

"Also, hopefully my retelling of events will help create legislation to help combat this in the future and also help other victims speak out and know that they will be heard."