Does wearing a thong mean that the woman agrees to sex?
This is how a Cork defender in Ireland suggested a 27-year-old man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl.
Irish Examiner said that Senior Counsel, Elizabeth O & # 39; Connell, said in her last speech about the rape process earlier this month: "Is the evidence beyond the possibility that she was brought to the accused 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 showed the thong, a piece of underwear with a strip of cloth at the back that exposes the buttocks, a sworn eight men and four women.
The jurors wondered for 90 minutes before they would acquit the accused unanimously.
Mrs. O & # 39; Connell's argument and acquittal sparked indignation in Ireland when hundreds of people took to the streets in protest.
It also led to the global movement of women posting photos of their thongs in social media with the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent.
In Singapore, the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) condemned the practice of blaming victims in cases of sexual assault.
After contacting The New Paper, head of advocacy and Aware research, Ms. Shailey Hingorani, she said that Singapore is not free of "this dangerous belief" about blaming the victims.
She noticed that many survivors in the Aware sexual care center were not seeking or reporting sexual offenses against them because of the negative reactions they received from friends, family and even professionals.
"Consent does not come in the form of a piece of cloth or dress, it must be voluntarily and voluntarily given by each person involved," said Hingorani.
"Those who survived were attacked in clothes from pajamas to school uniforms, and sexual assault does not apply to women's clothing.
"It is a choice that the offender commits to ignore someone's agreement and autonomy in relation to his own body."
Mrs Claire McFarlane, foundress of Footsteps To Inspire – a global campaign to raise awareness of victims of sexual assault – regretted the fact that blaming victims is commonplace.
Rescued from the rape, said TNP: "We must stop looking for excuses to justify rape, and instead to ask the rapist why they chose to force another person into a sexual act, why they hurt another person.
"Rape and sexual violence are abuse of power, they have nothing to do with sex, and when a sexual act is imposed on another person and they do not want it, it is rape, it's so simple."
Mrs. McFarlane, who in March last year was in Singapore to support sexually abused people, added: "The world needs specialized courts dealing with sexual violence, and the rights of victims must be protected during the trial."
In condemning Mrs. Connell's remarks as inappropriate, copywriter Chloe Tong, 25, said: "Women, including me, wear thongs for many reasons, except for attracting a sexual partner." Thongs are very discreet under clothing and are easy to wash and dry."
A student who wanted to be known as Ms Ting believes that it is difficult to change the way of thinking in a conservative society such as Singapore.
"Dressing in a scant way can cause negative comments from people and undesirable attention, and can put someone in an undesirable situation," she said.
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