Nothing justifies rape. The Irish court has acquitted a 27-year-old man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl after her lawyer convinced the jury that the latter also had responsibilities in her own assault because she was wearing a thong that day . First of all, in order to find out that she had a thong the assault had already gone to far. Second of all, she’s a minor and he’s an adult. She therefore cannot consent and he is automatically a rapist. Third of all, clothing does not justifies rape. This acquittal is disgusting and horrifying. Once again, we are blaming the victim instead of punishing the criminal.
Nothing justifies rape. A naked person, regardless of the context, has no more reasons to be a victim of sexual assault than a person dressed from head to toe.
With or without clothing, regardless of body position, location, and type of relationship, nothing justifies rape. Even if she was willing a few minutes earlier.
A consent, it gives itself and it withdraws. Nothing should be taken for granted.
Everyone has a meaningful role to play in promoting gender equality and the right of all women & children to lead healthy lives free of gender discrimination and sexual harassment.