The statue of Edward Carson is seen outside Parliament Buildings at Stormont in Belfast Northern Ireland, January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Protests have flared across Ireland this week triggering a viral campaign online after a defense lawyer showed a 17-year-old girl's thong or G-string in court as alleged proof of her consent in a rape case.Protests have now taken place in the cities of Dublin and Cork as well as Belfast in Northern Ireland with women appearing brandishing pairs of underwear and placards emblazoned with the phrase "This is not consent". Protesters are calling for a reform in Irish rape prosecution laws to deny the defense practice which they say reflects a culture of victim-blaming.These latest protests follow demonstrations in Ireland and Northern Ireland after the so-called "Belfast rugby rape trial," when Ireland players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of raping a woman in 2016 .
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