By: Steve Dellar | 11-18-2018 | News
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Ireland - ‘Thong Protests’ At Shock Rape Trial Verdict Spreading (Video)

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Ireland’s ‘thong protests,’ gathered under social media with the hashtag #thisisnotconsent is spreading from social media to the streets. According to protesters, it once again highlights the need for the island’s politicians and it’s judiciary to enter the 21st century.

It all started with the acquittal of a young man (27) accused of the rape of a 17-year-old girl in the city of Cork last week. The man’s defense lawyer, a woman no less, had argued that the girl was ‘asking for it’ given that she had gone out to the pub wearing a ‘thong’ with a lace front.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A man was cleared of rape charges after his lawyer told the jury to consider that the victim was wearing a “thong with a lace front.” Women around the globe are making underwear art, saying <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/THISISNOTCONSENT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#THISISNOTCONSENT</a>. <a href="https://t.co/RoUKNbZNM4">pic.twitter.com/RoUKNbZNM4</a></p>&mdash; AJ+ (@ajplus) <a href="https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/1063577693181091840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"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 lawyer Ms. Elizabeth O'Connell.

"You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThisIsNotConsent?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThisIsNotConsent</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZkVU0GVAIN">pic.twitter.com/ZkVU0GVAIN</a></p>&mdash; I Believe Her - Ireland (@ibelieveher_ire) <a href="https://twitter.com/ibelieveher_ire/status/1061326556428226560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The jury of eight men and four women then took just 90 minutes of deliberation to reach their unanimous not-guilty verdict last week.

Ever since outrage about the outcome of the trial has been pouring out over social media and spread into the streets of all of Ireland’s cities.

The most famous act of protest was performed the day after the verdict, in the Irish parliament in Dublin where one Irish MP to hold up a lace thong in parliament to highlight "routine victim-blaming."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WATCH: TD <a href="https://twitter.com/RuthCoppingerTD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RuthCoppingerTD</a> held up a thong in the Dáil earlier protesting the use of the same tactics in a courtroom during a rape case in Cork <a href="https://t.co/bfGAegWpkO">pic.twitter.com/bfGAegWpkO</a></p>&mdash; Sean Defoe (@SeanDefoe) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanDefoe/status/1062362750763053056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ms Ruth Coppinger produced the blue lacy underwear in the Dáil (Irish parliament) from her sleeve last Tuesday and said: "It might seem embarrassing to show a pair of thongs here… how do you think a rape victim or a woman feels at the incongruous setting of her underwear being shown in a court?"

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hundreds march through <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cork?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cork</a> city to the courthouse where a 17-year old’s underwear was used by the defence barrister when addressing the jury in a rape trial <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/thisisnotconsent?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#thisisnotconsent</a> <a href="https://t.co/4yqGcW6XPG">pic.twitter.com/4yqGcW6XPG</a></p>&mdash; Fiona Corcoran (@fiona96fmnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/fiona96fmnews/status/1062701576643584000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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As soon as the female MP showed the piece of underwear though, the parliament’s cameras cut away from her and the Dail (the Irish parliament) agreed that only the Prime Minister should handle this matter (once again highlighting the fact that Ireland’s politicians are not ready to discuss anything the island’s ‘younger’ generation is concerned about).

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/ciarakellydoc?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ciarakellydoc</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/LunchtimeLiveNT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LunchtimeLiveNT</a> is heading to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThisIsNotConsent?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThisIsNotConsent</a> protest to support ending victim blaming in the courts at the Spire in Dublin from 1pm <a href="https://twitter.com/NewstalkFM?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NewstalkFM</a> <a href="https://t.co/NsrARIW5IM">pic.twitter.com/NsrARIW5IM</a></p>&mdash; Lunchtime Live (@LunchtimeLiveNT) <a href="https://twitter.com/LunchtimeLiveNT/status/1062684620012052480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Irish PM Mr. Leo Varadkar responded that it’s never the victim’s fault but the female population in Ireland feels that the court’s verdict should be overturned and that the courts should ‘grow up.’

Ever since the events of last week, young girls have routinely taken pictures of themselves wearing thongs or presenting their thongs on social media in order to show the Irish population that everyone has this type of underwear and wearing it does not equal ‘asking for it.’

Source:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/court-evidence-rules-reviewed-amid-underwear-controversy-37540191.html

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7 Comment/s
Rage No. 42744 2018-11-19 : 08:11

Although it is not smart to go to a pub in your underwear. The girl is an idiot. In saying that, theres no excuse for rape. Question is, was she promiscuous? Did she want it then change her mind? Or was it actual rape?

Anonymous No. 42754 2018-11-19 : 10:58

Dressing to get a good hump is totally different that getting raped against your will by an ugly reject-able piece of trash

StevO No. 42755 2018-11-19 : 11:15

Since women constantly crap on men … I give no care what happens to them. You wanted islam … U got it

Anonymous No. 42765 2018-11-19 : 13:19

I thought this article was about Ireland? Whats with the asian chick in the first photo?

HEY! No. 42797 2018-11-19 : 20:11

That lawyer must of learned from hrc.

The morality of some holds them back from nothing.

brendan ryan No. 42865 2018-11-20 : 17:24

Any female walking into a pub with as little on this female had, is only telling every male she's available. What kind of female would ever walk into a pub with her underwear on and not expect an incident to happen? Where were her parents? Did no one suggest to her she was setting herself up for failure? She's a lunatic. No, rape is never right but given the situation, some men might have felt her clothing, or lack thereof, was an invitation to attack her.

Gracie No. 42909 2018-11-21 : 13:55

If the girl was only wearing underwear & a see through top business owners should be allowed to kick them out & told to come back when she's dressed properly. This is why businesses should have dress codes…because lately it seems no young woman acts or dresses like a real lady.

As for men, there should be dress codes too. And they should also act like gentlemen.

Societies are degrading, it's a shame!

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