Irish rape trial sparks social media outrage A jury in the criminal court in the city of Cork took an hour and a half deliberating on November 6 to declare the defendant not guilty of raping a year-old in a lane at night. In her final address, defense barrister Elizabeth O'Connell asked the jurors to take into account the underwear the teenager was wearing. You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front," she said, according to the Irish Examiner. Using a thong as evidence of implied consent was considered victim-blaming by many women on social media, who started publishing pictures of their underwear using the ThisIsNotConsent hashtag.
Women tweeting #ThisIsNotConsent after underwear used as evidence in rape trial
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Women in Ireland and across the world have shared images of their underwear on Twitter, with the hashtag ThisIsNotConsent, following a case in Cork in which a senior defence counsel used an alleged rape victim's choice of underwear - in this case a thong - to argue that she consented to sex. The case has some parallels with a trial in Scotland in , when a year-old boy was found guilty of raping Lindsay Armstrong Lindsay took her own life two weeks after the trial ended. During the trial, the year-old was asked to hold up her thong, and read the slogan on the front which said 'Little Devil'.
Women Tweet Pics Of Underwear After Teen's Thong Used As Evidence She Consented To Sex
Beyond that, however, lies a notion even more exciting: The Times cites a 7 percent drop in the sale of thongs over the past year, compared to a 17 percent increase in sales of full-bottomed underwear. The real takeaway is that women, no matter their shape or size, should wear whatever underwear they like -- be it thong, brief or otherwise, as long as they feel comfortable in it. The rising popularity of plus-size models and increasing market for fashionable, affordable clothing in extended sizes all point toward a more inclusive, body-positive society.
There is something absurd about a pre-pubertal girl wearing thong underwear—but I see it all the time. So why do moms let their daughters wear adult-styled underwear? Our daughters are trying to look like grown-ups before they have grown-up bodies. Tweens wearing sexy underwear is just another example of all the other adult trends that have worked their way into childhood.