A man representing a man who raped a teenage girl was acquitted and suggested that the jury should consider the type of underwear she wears, triggering the anger of the activists.
On behalf of a 27-year-old man, Elizabeth O’Connell was accused of raping a 17-year-old boy from Cork, Ireland. He advised the jurors that they should consider the lace thong she wore in her closing remarks.
According to the Irish examiner, she said: “Is the evidence beyond the possibility of being attracted to the defendant and willing to meet someone and be with someone?
“You have to look at how she is wearing. She is wearing a thong with lace.
In the Central Criminal Court, eight men and four women’s juries were tried for one and a half hours. He was acquitted and was acquitted.
Noeline Blackwell, head of the Dublin Rape Crisis Center, told the Independent that she was not surprised by the advice focused on girls’ underwear.
She said: “The underwear and the assumptions and inferences that the jury was invited to paint – because she dresses like she asks to make love – does not surprise us,” she said.
“We accompany people to the courts, and we have been seeing rape stereotypes used to discredit the complainant and enforce the content of the accused case.”
The decision also sparked anger on the Internet, a user on social media said: “The scary thing is that women think that women’s choice of underwear indicates a desire to have sex.
‘Why are those shorts? Maybe she likes them / they are selling / her mother is making a twist for them… instead of asking her to wear a lace knit we should ask him why he doesn’t insist on enthusiasm.
The Cork Sexual Violence Center responded to this article by saying that “rape underwear” has now become a “thing” in our criminal justice system.
The charity also shared a video with the charity Rape Crisis Scotland.
Another social media user said: “Another shameful and disgusting example of victim ideology is accused in Cork’s rape trial.”
The case was dominated by the consent issue. After the controversial incident, the complainant said: “You just raped me.” The defendant said: ‘No, we just have sex.