In a rape trial of a 17 year old in Ireland, the defense counsel was quoted saying –
“You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” ; this , as they presented the underwear that the girl was wearing at the time of the event.
Following this outrageous trial , where lo and behold! the 27 year old man in question was acquitted, there raised a hell storm in the Irish public space.
this took the form of online threads and protests as also the outcry in the parliament where Irish MP Ruth Coppinger protested by holding up lacy underwear in parliament.
The accused maintained that the sexual contact between him and the girl, which took place in a laneway in Cork, had been consensual.
Senior Defense counsel Elizabeth O’connel was quoted saying :
“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.”
The day after publication of that court report in The Daily Examiner , the head of Dublin’s Rape Crisis Centre criticised those remarks without questioning the judgment.
The #Thisisnotconsent thread has gone viral in Ireland now, with people posting their knickers and lingerie with the hashtag.