#ThisIsNotConsent Protest Took Over Ireland After Teen’s Underwear Used as Evidence in Rape Trial

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Women around the world are posting pictures of their underwear on Twitter after a 27-year-old man was acquitted in a rape trial in Ireland during which a teenager’s thong was used as evidence.

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Female activists in Ireland and all over the globe demonstrate their protest posting photos of their underwear after a barrister in a rape trial drew attention to a female complainant’s thong.

The 27-year-old man was found not guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl shortly afterwards.

Details of the closing argument presented by man’s senior counsel Elizabeth O’Connell attracted widespread attention and prompted a series of online protest movements.

“Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone?” she asked, according to the Examiner’s report.

“You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

Dozens of woman reacted to the trial’s decision with pictures of the underwear and #ThisIsNotConsent hashtag that went .

Another Twitter user said: “Just because my panties are cute doesn’t mean I’m saying yes.”

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Other women from across the world joined the #ThisIsNotConsent.

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“I’m a feminist and human rights supporter who is frustrated that this argument is being used in a 21st century Irish court of law,” Michelle Sullivan, who is based in Canada, told CNN.

Protests organized by socialist feminist group Rosa took place on Wednesday in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Waterford, the BBC reports.

In Cork, where the trial took place, some 200 people are believed to have marched to the courthouse to scatter their panties all over its steps as part of the #ThisIsNotConsent protest.

Meanwhile, in the capital under the Spire of Dublin monument, a ‘washing line’ of underwear was hung from one lamppost to the other.

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