Judges dismiss rape case because red underwear indicates “prepared or willing to have sex”
There has been a national outcry in #Peru after a court declared that a woman who wore #redunderwear to a party could not have been raped because the garment signaled she intended to have sex.
The judges said the #victim is not shy and reserved as she claimed, and acquitted the accused #rapist.
‘This type of women’s #underwear is normally used on special occasions leading to moments of intimacy, which gives the impression that the woman [is] prepared or willing to have sexual relations with the accused,’ the judges’ statement read.
The young #woman claims she fell unconscious after she was taken to a #party under false pretenses by the defendant. She says she woke the following day naked in his bed.
The accused maintains that the allegations are an act of ‘revenge’ against him by the victim.
Crowds of #women gathered in protest at the judges’ ruling and held up banners with messages such as: ‘Listen up, judges. Don’t use my underwear to justify rape,’ and ‘Lace is just lace, it’s not an insinuation.’
Peru’s Public Ministry issued a statement on October 30 – a day after the court’s decision – saying they had requested that it be nullified and that a new trial take place in a different court.