The internet is fuming with rage, and it is for all the right reasons.

Thousands of women took to Twitter to post pictures of their underwear using the hashtag  #ThisIsNotConsent. Unfortunately, this isn’t a part of some bizarre challenge or trend on the internet.

According to Irish Examiner, on November 6, the criminal court in the city of Cork proclaimed the defendant, a 27-year-old man ‘not guilty’ of raping a 17-year-old. This trial was headed by eight men and four women who finally came to this unanimous decision.

In the closing statement, defense barrister Elizabeth O’Connell commented on the 17-year old’s choice of underwear to question her consent, or lack thereof. “You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front,” she said in court while holding up the underwear. 

Women have reacted to the barrister’s remarks by protesting on the streets of Ireland and by posting pictures of their underwear on social media. They caption the posts with the tag #ThisIsNotConsent to prove, that owning lace underwear does not mean that it is any kind of indicator of sexual consent.

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