Protests held over comments made at rape trial

Protests held over comments made at rape trial

Protests held over comments made at rape trial

But the reason I'm doing it: how do you think a... woman feels at the incongruous setting of her underwear being shown in a court?

She said the fact she was wearing a lace thong suggested she was open to being with someone - the accused man was unanimously found not guilty.

An Irish MP held up a pair of knickers in parliament to highlight the "routine victim blaming" of rape and sexual assault victims.

Noeline Blackwell, the head of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, told the Irish 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 surprise us".

The verdict has incited much anger online with many woman taking to social media sites to share the hashtag '#ThisIsNotConsent' along side photos of their own underwear.

"Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone", asked Elizabeth O'Connell SC.

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"She is quite clear she did not consent", Creed said in court.

"It prompted a mass movement on Twitter where people posted pictures of their underpants with the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent".

Demonstrations will be held across the country today after a barrister defending a man accused of rape appealed to the jury to consider "the way [the woman] was dressed".

Meanwhile, a series of protests are to take place tomorrow over the barrister's controversial comments.

After producing lacy underwear in Ireland's national parliament, Ms Coppinger told one supporter that compulsory training should be introduced for both judges and jurors.

Today's protest organised by ROSA Cork saw some 400 people march from Patrick Street to the Anglesea Street Court Complex, where dozens of thongs were hung from railings and laid on the courthouse steps.

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