|Outrage After Girl’s Panties Was Used As Evidence To Prove The Innocence Of A Man Who Allegedly Raped Her (Photos)|
Women are sharing pictures of their underwear on social media
in protest after a teenage girl’s thong was used as evidence against
her in a rape case.
The hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent trended on Twitter after the
27-year-old suspect was acquitted of rape by an Irish court last week.
The 17-year-old girl’s “thong with a lace front” was presented as
part of the defence’s closing address. In her closing address to the
jury, Elizabeth O’Connell SC told jurors they should consider the
underwear the girl wore on the night of the alleged rape, the Irish
She told the Central Criminal Court in Cork: “Does the evidence
out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was
open to meeting someone and being with someone?
“You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong
with a lace front.” Noeline Blackwell, the head of Dublin Rape Crisis
Centre, said she was not surprised that the teenager’s underwear was the
focus for the defence.
She told The Independent: “The reference to the girl’s underwear and
the assumption and inference that the jury was being invited to draw –
that because she was dressed like that she was asking for sex does not
“We accompany people to court and the whole time we see rape
stereotypes used to discredit complainants and to enforce elements of
the defendant’s case.”
The barrister’s comments sparked a furious backlash on social media.
Under the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent, women shared pictures of their own
underwear in support of the girl and protest at ‘victim blaming’.
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