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Women protest as girl’s panties is used as evidence to clear man of rape

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There’s been an outrage on social media by women, as a girl’s panties was reportedly used to clear a man of rape in an Irish court last week.

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The hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent trended on Twitter after the teenage girl’s panties with a lace front,  was presented as part of the defence’s closing address. It was gathered that the counsel to the accused Elizabeth O’Connell SC, told the  jurors to consider the underwear the girl wore on the night of the alleged rape, the Irish Examiner reported.

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” She told the Central Criminal Court in Cork.

With this, the 27-year-old rape suspect was acquitted of rape by the Irish court last week.  Speaking to The Independent, 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.

“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 surprise us.

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” she said.

The defence counsel’s argument in court, led to a furious backlash on social media as women accused them of victim blaming. The protesting women also clearly stated that what a woman wears does not equal consent hence the hashtag #ThisIsNot consent.

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