A gaggle of girls have been marching within the streets of Dublin carrying nothing however underwear to demand rape trial reform in Eire.

The protest follows a current rape trial in Cork, throughout which a 17-year-old woman’s underwear was used towards her as proof in court docket.

Through the trial, senior counsel Elizabeth O’Connell advised the jury that they need to take into account the underwear that the teenage woman was carrying in the course of the alleged rape.

“Does the proof out-rule the likelihood that she was interested in the defendant and was open to assembly somebody and being with somebody?” she mentioned, based on The Irish Examiner.

“You must take a look at the best way she was dressed. She was carrying a thong with a lace entrance.”

Noeline Blackwell, head of the Dublin Rape Disaster Centre, commented on the case, stating: “The reference to the woman’s underwear and the idea and inference that the jury was being invited to attract – that as a result of she was dressed like that she was asking for intercourse – doesn’t shock us.”

Many have condemned the best way wherein the rape trial was performed, with critics accusing the barrister of sufferer blaming.

Following the trial, 26-year-old campaigner Stacie Ellen Murphy launched a protest in an effort to reform the best way wherein rape trials are performed by strolling by way of the streets of Dublin in her underwear.

The Dubliner has vowed to proceed doing so till she will get 50 extra individuals to affix her.

On Thursday 22 November, Murphy, Alanna Cassidy and Lena Seale braved the chilly Dublin climate carrying underwear with the phrase “this isn’t consent” written on their pores and skin.

“I’m not going to be stopping till I get a change,” Murphy mentioned, based on Press Affiliation.

“Till it’s talked about within the Dail. Till I get to the Dail. Till modifications are made.

“I’m not going to cease till I’ve bought a crowd of 50 individuals strolling towards me each single day doing this stroll, till there’s a change within the judicial system about underwear being introduced up in a case or court docket trial.”

On Monday 19 November Murphy headed to the courts of Dublin in her underwear.

As she stood on the steps exterior, Murphy hugged a rape survivor whose attacker had simply been sentenced to jail in court docket.

Over the weekend, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar advised RTÉ 1’s This Week In Politics present that he had requested an “eminent particular person” to research the best way wherein proof is assessed in court docket.

“Whether or not you’re a man or a girl, if you’re a sufferer of rape or sexual assault, you’re by no means guilty for it,” he mentioned.

“It does not matter what you put on, the place you go, who you go together with or whether or not you might have taken alcohol or medication – nobody asks to be raped.”

In response to the trial of alleged rape in Cork, girls in Eire have been posting pictures of their underwear on social media with the hashtag “#ThisIsNotConsent”.

Earlier this month, a protest was held in Cork metropolis centre over the usage of the teenage woman’s underwear as proof in court docket.

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