According to a report defense barrister, Elizabeth O’Connell asked the judges to shed light on the underwear the teenager was wearing at that time. She said: You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front,”
Many considered using a thong as evidence was for blaming and slut shaming. They then started posting pictures of their underwear using the #ThisIsNotConsent hashtag.
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
I hear cameras cut away from me when I displayed this underwear in #Dáil. In courts victims can have their underwear passed around as evidence and it's within the rules, hence need to display in Dáil. Join protests tomorrow. In Dublin it's at Spire, 1pm.#dubw #ThisIsNotConsent pic.twitter.com/DvtaJL61qR— Ruth Coppinger TD (@RuthCoppingerTD) November 13, 2018
Some protested on the streets and some women’s chose social media to express their anger.
Check out the tweets below:
I’m not going to post a picture of my underwear, but I am disgusted by this trial. I cannot believe that the defendant has been acquitted, because the victim was wearing a thong. #ThisIsNotConsent— Sarsaparilla (@SignorinaDani) November 15, 2018
#ThisIsNotConsent Underwear I wear every day. It doesn't mean I'm 'up for it'. It doesn't mean I'm 'asking for it'. My clothing or lack of does not, and never will, indicate consent. Stop victim blaming. pic.twitter.com/WfKf4fnbM1— Eimear McKeown (@TheRetroBlog) November 14, 2018
We choose which style of underwear is most comfortable for us to wear. It doesn’t matter which style, size or colour they are #ThisIsNotConsent. Silence #ThisIsNotConsent. Consent is only 1 thing & that is the word YES. #NoMeansNo #ThisIsNotConsent pic.twitter.com/8Eo7JviMJG— Aliceee. (@inwonderland93) November 15, 2018
#ThisIsNotConsent I buy cute underwear because I think it looks cute not because I'm asking for it. I wear makeup because I like it and it's art, not to please men. It is never the victims fault. No means no, yes means yes, and nothing means no and if you don't hear a yes, stop.— ? Gnarly ? (@therealgnarlyyy) November 15, 2018
I think everyone should have this on our wall.— Jamie Crowley (@Jamie23cork) November 14, 2018
Regardless of the outcome in court, a thong on a girl does not give consent and it should not be used as evidence in court as a way of victim shaming.#ThisIsNotConsent pic.twitter.com/uR0p7TmmKu
Jurors in Cork were asked to consider the underwear a SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL was wearing when she was raped by a 27-year-old man.— Courtney Peterson (@_courtneymaria) November 13, 2018
Join the cause in solidarity, can’t believe this girl was subjected to these comments after such a traumatic event.#ThisIsNotConsent #Ibelieveher pic.twitter.com/PfkYERulgY