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Old 16 November 2018, 10:39 PM
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ASL, I nearly added to my post that I couldn't tell from the article what the other evidence was. And if other evidence makes it seem likely that the charge was false, or even that it's impossible to tell whether it was or not, then you've got a good point.

It does, however, read as if the accused wasn't claiming that whatever specific act he was accused of hadn't occurred, but that it had occurred but was consensual: and the evidence being brought for its being consensual was the underwear. If there was other good reason to think that it was consensual, why bring out the underwear? And, if the defendant actually thinks that wearing thong underwear means consent, that raises for me a strong implication that the defendant has no idea what consent actually is, and therefore is likely to ignore the lack of it.
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