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# ThisIsNotConsent protesters wave underwear after Ireland rape try sparks rage

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By Saphora Smith

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1; Women with lacy lingerie trains the streets of Ireland this week after a man was acquitted of rape in a trial that contained a 17th century troop defense team.

The demonstrations organized during the #thisNotConsent and #EndVictimBlaming hash tags were launched after the 27-year-old did not owe it on November 6th.

“Does the evidence prove the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone?” Responded defense attorney Elizabeth O’Connell attorneys in the southern city of Cork, according to the Irish investigator.

Irish team champion Ruth Coppinger holds a tongue during a protest in Dublin. Niall Carson / PA / AP

Protests were held in Dublin, Limerick and Cork on Wednesday, and another was slated for the city of Waterford on Friday.

On Tuesday, Ruth Coppinger held a blue lacy tongue in the Irish Parliament, known as Dáil, to protest against government’s passivity on the issue of sexual consent.

“It seems embarrassing to show a few heroes here in this unequal attitude of Dáil,” she told other legislators. “But the reason I do, is how do you think that one rape victim or a woman feel at the unequal attitude of her underwear shown in court. “

Cops later tweeted that in Ireland victims can get their underwear passed around so M evidence in court and invited people to join the protests.

Pictures of the protests in Cork published on social Media showed a sea of ​​lacy thongs killed along the court steps as activists held plates in protest against the victim’s blame.

A sign read: “Why does the Irish court have their knickers in a twist over ours?”

In video of the Dublin protests, women’s rights activist Rita Harrold told people to use a teenager’s underwear as an indication of her intention “Contemptive.”

“This culture that says we must stay safe, we have to wear conservative clothes, we can not go to some places is a culture that tolerates rape and blame victims,” ​​she said. “We will not take the longer. “

As Irish women and men took the streets, social media users worldwide posted pictures of their underwear under hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent. Several said they did it in solidarity with their Irish sisters.

The protests over the court’s handling of the case follow the release of two high-profile Irish rugby players accused of rape in Northern Ireland earlier this year.

In the trial – which detained populations on both sides of the Irish border and triggered great and angry demonstrations – the complainant’s underwear was shown to the court and express text messages were used as part of the evidence.

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