“You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” These words, uttered by a female defence lawyer at a rape trial in Ireland, were used to argue that the sexual contact between the accused and a 17-year-old girl was, in fact, consensual.

The 27-year-old man was acquitted of rape soon after. The use of the girl's underwear as evidence against her has sparked furious protests in Ireland and beyond, with people in disbelief that this kind of 'victim blaming' still occurs within the legal system of a developed European country.

In the city of Cork, where the trial took place, women took to the streets to lay underwear outside the courthouse, seeking 'the end of victim blaming in the courts.' The protests soon spread to other cities and online, where women have been posting photos of their own underwear on social media under the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent.

The issues of sexual harassment and what constitutes consent have been major talking points since the #MeToo campaign, which began to question the archaic social norms that have been accepted for far too long. These protests highlight what really should be obvious by now: there is no such thing as an item of clothing that implies consent, no matter how 'cute' or 'sexy' it may appear.

Scroll down below to check out the campaign for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Hendra Lim 7 months ago

shoot him in the dick. he was asking for it, he doesn't wear bulletproof underpants

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Char Char 7 months ago

Exactly.

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BusLady 7 months ago

So did the jury get to examine the guy's underwear? What kind was he wearing?

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BusLady 7 months ago

A wedding ring. A lot of people don't get that a woman can be raped by her husband.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Oh, let's see: today I'm going to wear my lace thong because I feel like getting raped.

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BusLady 7 months ago

It's just appalling that men who commit this crime do not view it as a crime.

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Binxyminxem 7 months ago

My thoughts exactly! It's not like she was walking around with her knickers on and nothing else for crying out loud. I'm sure she wouldn't have consented to being undressed either.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Eeny meeny miny moe. None of them should.

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Hendra Lim 7 months ago

they want to make rules "every woman that use thong can be raped legally", this is just an excuse

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BusLady 7 months ago

You shouldn't have to write it on the front of your underwear.

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BusLady 7 months ago

So only women who wear lace thongs are getting raped?

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BusLady 7 months ago

It starts with little boys. Teach them to see woman as people, not objects. We are not toys for them to play with.

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Daria B 7 months ago (edited)

Additionally, note that "flirting" is, in most cases, an illusion. Being polite can seem as flirting to the homoerectus looking for a target.

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Char Char 7 months ago

Yes it does. Brilliantly!

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BusLady 7 months ago

Rapists cause rape. No truer words spoken.

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BusLady 7 months ago

A rape victim is never "asking for it." How hard is that to understand?

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BusLady 7 months ago

I can't imagine what the jurors were thinking when they acquitted him.

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BusLady 7 months ago

I applaud these ladies. It takes courage to display your underwear in public. Lol But for a good cause.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Women should never have to endure that kind of treatment at work or anywhere else.

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Well Hello There 7 months ago

"It's still rape" No truer words spoken.

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Binxyminxem 7 months ago

I know, if it was her or someone she knows I bet she'd blame the actual criminal! But no-one should be raped anyway, she needs to get her act together.

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BusLady 7 months ago

I hope a lot of supporters showed up.

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BusLady 7 months ago

It's like being victimized all over again.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Women wearing granny panties have been raped.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Just curious: Was this deliberately intended to resemble a uterus and fallopian tubes? Or just coincidence?

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Stephen Hutchison 7 months ago

There is no "allegedly" here. She was outright SAYING that the girl asked to be raped because she had lacy underthings that the rapist didn't even see until he dragged her by the throat into a dark alley to attack her.

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Char Char 7 months ago

Got that fucking right.

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Billy Thomas 5 months ago

Underwear is just that its under something, so how could a girl be asking for it as it wasn't seen till he had gone to far. Rape is Rape a girl could be naked it doesn't mean she wants someone to have sex with her. Consent is from two people not just one. This 27yr old needs to be on the other side and see how he would like it.

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Martine Borge 7 months ago

The sign reads: "Men think women dress for them. Dude, please. We dress according to our waxing schedules, periods, mood swings, location, season, matching shoes, marching bags, matching lipstick, availability of suitable underwear. You're not even on that list. So chill"

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Billy Thomas 5 months ago

Underwear is just that its under something, so how could a girl be asking for it as it wasn't seen till he had gone to far. Rape is Rape a girl could be naked it doesn't mean she wants someone to have sex with her. Consent is from two people not just one. This 27yr old needs to be on the other side and see how he would like it.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Sorry, not sorry.

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BusLady 7 months ago

They do make ugly underwear, though. Lol

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Billy Thomas 5 months ago

Underwear is just that its under something, so how could a girl be asking for it as it wasn't seen till he had gone to far. Rape is Rape a girl could be naked it doesn't mean she wants someone to have sex with her. Consent is from two people not just one. This 27yr old needs to be on the other side and see how he would like it.

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Jessica Hepler 7 months ago

This is making me both ragingly furious and wanting to ask many of these women where they got their underwear because they are so cute

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BusLady 7 months ago

Well, they wouldn't be able to pass your underwear around for the jury to examine.

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BusLady 7 months ago

A lot of people are angry.

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BusLady 7 months ago

I can't imagine how humiliating that would be for the victim.

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BusLady 7 months ago

No one needs to even know what type she's wearing. That's her business.

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BusLady 7 months ago

"Whatever you wear may be used against you in a court of law."

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BusLady 7 months ago

No still means no. Period.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Unless you're in the mood to "ask for it."

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Anne 7 months ago

Oh they are the best! Still no consent.

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BusLady 7 months ago

We were not created for the enjoyment of men. Some of them just think so.

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Analyn Lahr 7 months ago

If this happened in the US, which I'm sure it has, I would not be surprised considering who our dictator is.

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BusLady 7 months ago

It's not like he stopped to ask her what kind of underwear she was wearing. Granny panties? Oh well, I guess I won't rape you then.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Crystal clear.

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BusLady 7 months ago

It's likely that this man will victimize other women, since he now knows that he can get by with it.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Even if she were attracted to him, it does not mean that she wanted to have sex.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Well, a lot of women don't wear them, TBH.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Disgraceful that a female attorney would say this. She only cared about winning her case. If you look in her panty drawer, you might just find a lace thong.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Sexual assault and harassment have little to do with what a guy finds sexy. It has to do with power, humiliation and degradation.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Yes, that makes sense.

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