Why Women In Ireland Are Posting Photos Of Underwear To Social Media
Women in Ireland have mounted a campaign after a teenage girl's underwear was used as evidence in rape trial.
A 27-year-old man was acquitted of the rape of a 17-year-old girl after the underwear she was wearing at the time of the attack was used as a piece of evidence in the trial.
In her closing remarks to the court, defense barrister Elizabeth O'Connell asked the jury to consider the underwear the teenager was wearing and suggested her "thong with a lace front" could have provoked her attacker.
According to the Irish Examiner, O'Connell also asked the jury to consider how she was dressed and the possibility the 17-year-old was open to meeting someone and being with someone based on how she was dressed.
A jury in the criminal court in the city of Cork took just an hour-and-a-half to find the 27-year-old not guilty of rape on November 6.
The verdict prompted widespread backlash, where using a thong as evidence was considered to be victim blaming.
Women have posted photos of underwear on social media with the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent saying what women wear isn't an invitation for another person to rape them.
Rallies were also held in the nation's capital, Dublin, and Cork city on Wednesday where people marched with signs and underwear to protest the use of the thong as evidence.
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