A declaration by a jury on November 6, in a rape trial in Ireland’s Cork City, has taken the internet by protests and disapproval from people especially women. Recently in Ireland, a 27-year-old man was acquitted in a rape trial of a teenager in which he provided her thong as evidence, as per reports from the CNN.
This was taken as a victim-blaming on part of the barrister who was also a woman. The women took to social media and started posting pictures of their underwear with the hashtag #ThisisNotConsent, as a protest against argument posed by the barrister.
“You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front,”
said the barrister Elizabeth O’Connell. This argument led to a major stir among the people as well as the Irish Parliament. One of the Irish MP’s, Ruth Coppinger, produced the blue lacy thong in House to highlight the victim-blaming.
Coppinger also took to her twitter handle urging everyone to join the protests in Dublin against the controversial verdict by the court. People went out on the streets while others lashed out on Twitter. People have also ridiculed the idea that clothes could mean consent, not this time around but always citing this not about a matter of consent anymore but Rape culture.
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