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Rape case pledge after Ruth Coppinger thong protest

Rape case pledge after Ruth Coppinger thong protest

"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 the court. But the reason I'm doing it: how do you think a... woman feels at the incongruous setting of her underwear being shown in a court?

The question to the Irish leader comes just days after a social media campaign was sparked by the case in which a female solicitor referenced the alleged victim's underwear to the jury.

On Nov. 6, a 27-year-old man, who denied raping the 17-year-old, was found not guilty by a jury in Cork, which is 250 kilometres southwest of Dublin. "She said she never had sexual intercourse before".

"But this week another young woman has suffered humiliation in a Cork rape trial", Coppinger said.

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

"The women of this country are getting a little tired at the routine victim-blaming going on in Irish courts, and the failure of lawmakers in this House to do anything about it", said Coppinger, who illustrated her point by holding up a black thong.

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"It's absolutely appalling", she said.

Lunchtime protests calling for an end to "victim-blaming in the courts" took place in a number of Irish cities on Wednesday, organised by Socialist feminist group Rosa.

Coppinger, who is a Solidarity TD for Dublin West, has frequently been vocal on the issue of consent, and the need for Ireland's court system to improve its handling of sex crimes.

Ms Coppinger also posted a photo of the underwear she showed in parliament after she learned the camera quickly cut away from her on the day.

In Cork, where the trial took place, some 200 people are believed to have marched to the courthouse to scatter their panties all over its steps as part of the #ThisIsNotConsent protest.