Thong underwear cited in rape trial, this is a disgraceful.
Have we not come further than victim blaming in courts? Well it needs to end now!
Respect, equality, honesty and knowing right from wrong seem to be personality traits that run very scares in todays society. When it is a successful, well educated woman in power that shows of personality traits and they are arrogant, careless, cruel, disrespectful, obnoxious and rude it becomes very scary to be a woman of the 21st century.
Defense barrister Elizabeth O’Connell shame on you!
Whilst doing her job as a defense barrister for a man being accused of rape Elizabeth O’Connell opted to use the victims underwear as evidence. She asked the jurors in a rape trial in my home town Cork, Ireland to take into account the underwear the seventeen year old victim was wearing during the alleged rape.
”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,” she said, according to the Irish Examiner
Using a thong as evidence of implied consent is in my mind with out a doubt victim-blaming and is wrong in every sense. Mind blowing stupidity to say the least.
Wearing defense spray, avoiding to walk alone a dark evening, taking a defense class is sadly a necessity for me as a woman in todays society.
Three men stole my sense of security as a woman when they unprovoked decided to attack and brutally assault me and my friends. (You can read about that night in my previous post here!)
And with woman like Elizabeth O’Connell in the courts I don’t feel any safer.
The key to our sense of security as woman is based on respect, empathy and human decency.
Traits that I do not believe Defense barrister Elizabeth O’Connell possesses.
Consent means two people deciding together to do the same thing, at the same time, in the same way, with each other.
No matter how short of a skirt I decide to wear or what underwear is hidden underneath.
This is not consent!
To think that a young girl that has lived through a horrendous trauma had to sit and listen to an older professional woman imply that she’s to blame due to her choice of underwear is absolutely appalling.
I also got your back, I stand with the survivors.
We should be able to wear whatever we like without having to think before leaving the safety of our homes.
If I get attacked, I should be able to rely on the the judiciary system not wonder if they will say I asked for it based on my clothes regardless of me giving consent or not?
#Thisisnotconsent / Claudia Crowley Sörensson