Why Women Around The World Are Sharing Underwear Pics
Women across the world have been sharing pictures of their underwear on social media with the hashtag ‘#ThisIsNotConsent’, in an expression of their outrage over a 27-year-old man in Ireland being acquitted of rape charges based on the teen survivor’s thong.
The Irish Examiner reports that on November 6, the criminal court in the city of Cork declared the defendant “not guilty”of raping a 17-year-old. During the rape trial, a defence lawyer held up the teenager’s underwear in court and told the jury: “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”
A jury of eight men and four women let the accused man off. The case sparked public anger in Ireland, where many women objected to the idea of using underwear to imply consent.
“We had hoped that as a society we had moved on from these archaic, victim-blaming rape myths,” said Susan Dillon to CNN. Ms Dillon founded up the “I Believe Her – Ireland” Twitter page that came up with the ‘This is not consent’ hashtag.
Women are posting pictures of their thongs online in support of an underage teen whose underwear was used as evidence in a rape trial to suggest she had consented to sex. #ThisIsNotConsent pic.twitter.com/6snfRSdIOD
— DW News (@dwnews) November 15, 2018