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HER UNDERWEAR GAVE THE CONSENT… 27-YEAR-OLD MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF RAPE

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A series of protests over sexual consent have been taking place in Ireland, a week after a man was acquitted of raping a 17-year-old.

The 27-year-old man was found not guilty of rape just after the defence lawyer told the jury: “You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

Ruth Coppinger produced the blue lacy underwear in the Dáil (Irish parliament) from her sleeve on Tuesday.

“It might seem embarrassing to show a pair of thongs here… how do you think a rape victim or a woman feels at the incongruous setting of her underwear being shown in a court?”

The accused maintained that the sexual contact between him and the girl, which took place in a laneway in Cork, had been consensual.

Details of the closing argument presented by his senior counsel Elizabeth O’Connell, however, 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.”

 

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