Activists and campaigners in Ireland are beyond outraged after a teenage rape victim’s underwear was used as evidence to acquit the man accused of rape. In the trial, the defence lawyer told the jury: “You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”
The 27-year-old man found not guilty of rape shortly afterwards.
In her closing argument following the rape trial in Cork, Ireland, earlier this month, defence lawyer Elizabeth O’Connell urged the jury to take into account the underwear the teenager was wearing on the night she said she was raped in a laneway.
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