Women Are Sharing Pics Of Underwear With #ThisIsNotConsent To Protest Against Rape Trial

Although it took almost a year, the #MeToo movement has finally reached India and it’s making some significant changes. Women are being able to voice their stories openly, big names like M.J. Akbar and Anu Malik are being sacked, and reforms are being done to deal with workplace sexual harassment. However, if you go through each of these stories, you’ll find at least one person discrediting all that by saying “but what was she wearing?”. Well, it turns out that this level of stupidity isn’t limited to our country.

According to News 18, a 27-year-old man was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Ireland. While defending the alleged rapist, his lawyer, Elizabeth O’Connell, held up a pair of underwear in the court and said,

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“You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

If you’re fuming after hearing this, you’ll be even angrier after knowing what happened next. Apparently, the Irish court acquitted the rape accused of his crimes earlier this month. And that led to questions being raised on the fact that rape trials over there keep focusing on the alleged victim’s clothing, rather than the crime itself.

This judgement by the Irish court caused massive outrage among women and they came out in droves to protest this decision.

Additionally women put up pics of underwear to say that #ThisIsNotConset

It’s 2018 and people, especially men, should get it through their heads that nothing other than “yes” means consent. Not laced thongs or underwear. Not short skirts. Not red lip-stick. Not lose t-shirts. None of that. No means no, and only yes means yes.