Women are tweeting pictures of their underwear after rape case

Ruth Coppinger said women were getting weary at 'routine victim-blaming in Irish courts'

"Does the evidence out rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone?"

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

The use of underwear as evidence sparked a backlash across the country. "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".

"It's absolutely appalling", she said.

"This is really a demand for systemic change for people, particularly women, but every victim of sexual violence, to get a fair hearing". As a result, jurors must weigh the value of such items as evidence.

A series of protests over sexual consent have been taking place in Ireland, a week after a man was acquitted of raping a 17-year-old. "It is an act of violence and it is nothing to do with sex".


"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".

She stood up, took a lacy blue thong from her sleeve and said: "It might seem embarrassing to show a pair of thongs in the incongruous setting of the Dáil, but the reason I'm doing it - how do you think a rape victim or a woman feels at the incongruous setting of her underwear being shown in the courts?".

According to The Independent, the Law Reform Commission is conducting an examination of Ireland's legislation in the area of rape.

The feminist and pro-choice activist group ROSA has been organizing protests throughout Ireland in opposition to courtroom tactics that blame the alleged victim.

Women have been saying the defence used by the barrister amounts to victim blaming.

"The global solidarity that's been extended to these very bad cases when they're exposed will go a long way towards pushing for genuine legal change, and unfortunately that comes from above, but we're going to push from below to ensure it happens now".

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