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Fury after teenager’s G-string was used as evidence in a rape trial

15 November 2018

But the reason I'm doing it: how do you think a... woman feels at the incongruous setting of her underwear being shown in a court? In courts victims can have their underwear passed around as evidence and it's within the rules, hence need to display in Dáil.

A 27-year-old man was found not guilty of raping the teenager in Cork.

Elizabeth O'Connell used the girl's underwear as evidence in her closing statement. That the complainant was "open to meeting someone" because she was "wearing a thong with a lace front".

Many others have taken to social media to protest victim-blaming in the courts, using the hashtag #ThisIsNotContent and posting photographs of their underwear.

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Niall Carson - PA Images via Getty Images People gather in Dublin for a protest in support of victims of sexual violence. As a result, jurors must weigh the value of such items as evidence.

"But this week another young woman has suffered humiliation in a Cork rape trial", Coppinger said.

Noeline Blackwell, head of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, told The Independent: "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".

The defense tactic became a subject of contention at the Irish parliament chamber on Tuesday, The Irish Times reported.

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Protest organiser and Cork City Councillor Fiona Ryan of Solidarity-People Before Profit said people would no longer allow comments such as these to pass.

A unique protest is now underway in Ireland.

"We made a decision to call this rally not just specifically about this case, but ... for an end to victim blaming in court", ROSA spokeswoman Fiona Ryan told The Independent.

"The worldwide solidarity that's been extended to these 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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Fury after teenager’s G-string was used as evidence in a rape trial