Hundreds of people protested in Ireland over underwear comments made in a rape trial involving a teenage girl.
A rally was held in Cork city centre with crowds outraged that a 17-year-old’s thong had been used as evidence against her.
The barrister, who was representing a 27-year-old man acquitted of raping a teenager, suggested the jury in the case should have regard on the underwear worn by girl.
The man was found not guilty by the jury of eight men and four women at the Central Criminal Court after he denied raping the young woman in a lane in Cork.
Senior counsel Elizabeth O’Connell told the jury they should reflect on the fact the woman was wearing a thong with a lace front, reports the The Irish Examiner.
She said: “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone?
“You have to look at the way she was dressed.
“She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”
Women’s rights group ROSA (reproductive rights, against oppression, sexism and austerity) held a protest today to voice their anger at the reference to the teenager’s underwear.
Almost 300 women marched to Cork Courthouse where underwear was put on the court steps in protest over comments made at the rape trial.
ROSA, which has organised multiple rallies, said the reference to underwear was a “disgrace” and called for an end to “victim blaming in the courts”.