Last week, a defence attorney told the court and the press that a rape victim must have wanted sexual intercourse on some level, because that morning she put on lace underwear. She was raped in a lane by a man ten years her senior.
This morning, news broke that a seventeen year old girl killed herself after the defence attorney made her show the underwear she wore the day she was raped to a room full of strangers. .
Anyone who has ever been assaulted knows that recounting the attack is the most heartbreaking, painful thing you can do. To have a stranger tell you that you actually wanted to be attacked down that lane or at that party because you wore something with lace or a thong under your clothes is soul destroying .
I wear petty much exclusively lace thongs. I could wear absolutely nothing if I felt like it. No person would still have the right to attack me and violate me. When I get dressed in the morning, I do not do it with the prospect of being sexually assaulted in mind. .
A young, precious, innocent life has been wasted because of the mindless behaviour of someone that should have known better, but countless more are permanently scarred every day by similar comments. Underwear should not be admissible evidence in a court of law. Fuck anyone that thinks blaming a victim is acceptable.