Irish politician holds up thong in parliament in protest

Women are tweeting pictures of their underwear after rape case

Women are tweeting pictures of their underwear after rape case

The accused in the case who denied raping the woman was acquitted by the jury of eight men and four women at the Central Criminal Court.

It is all related to a rape case in the city of Cork in south-west Ireland in which the accused person's lawyer told the jury that the complainant, a 17-year-old, was wearing a thong.

In a tweet, Coppinger explained her point further - and put the word out for a lunchtime protest tomorrow (14 November): "I hear cameras cut away from me when I displayed this underwear in #Dáil. It doesn't matter where you went, who you went with or what you took, whether it was drugs or alcohol", the Taoiseach said.

"She was wearing a thong with a lace front", the barrister said when arguing that the sexual intercourse had been consensual.

The controversy led one Irish MP to hold up a lace thong in parliament to highlight "routine victim-blaming".

"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.

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Ms Coppinger said women were getting tired at "routine victim-blaming in Irish courts".

Leo Varadkar has said that the government must examine how alleged rape victims are treated in the courts.

The chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre also criticized the use of underwear as evidence in the trial, saying there must be reforms and clearer directions at the trial level around issues such as clothing.

Women are now sharing pictures of their own underwear on social media with the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent. "So anything the defendant can do to suggest there was consent will be used", she said.

After producing lacy underwear in Ireland's national parliament, Ms Coppinger told one supporter that compulsory training should be introduced for both judges and jurors.

Protests are to be held in Galway, Limerick, Dublin, Belfast and Cork throughout the week due to the support for the social media campaign.

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