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On Nov. 6, a jury in Cork, Ireland, found a 27-year-old man was found not guilty of raping a 17-year-old. Defense lawyer Elizabeth O’Connell’s final statement where she said the teenager may have been “attracted to the defendant” and “open to meeting someone” did not sit well with women.
“You have to look at the way she was dressed,” O’Connell said, according to the Irish Examiner. “She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”
People on Twitter were enraged at the claim that the teen gave implied consent with her choice of underwear. Women around the world started posting pictures of their own underwear on Twitter with hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent to point out wearing a thong doesn’t equate to consensual sex.
“This kind of victim blaming is archaic and had no place in our court system,” Dillon added.
Counsel for man acquitted of rape suggested jurors should reflect on underwear worn by the 17yo complainant. Following this wholly unacceptable comment, we are calling on our followers to post a picture of their thongs/knickers to support her with the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent pic.twitter.com/ZkVU0GVAIN— I Believe Her - Ireland (@ibelieveher_ire) November 10, 2018
People also participated in real-life protests in Dublin, shouting “clothes are not consent” and holding up signs to show solidarity.
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H/T BuzzFeed News
Sunny Kim studies journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She's an editorial intern with the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Daily Texan and Popular Mechanics.