“Skin-tight jeans cannot be taken off without consent”, said a Sydney court and acquitted a man charged for sexually assaulting a woman. “Can a woman wearing skinny jeans be raped? Or are they so tight they can be taken off only with her consent,” the jury (comprising six men and six women) asked before acquitting Nicholas Eugenio Gonzalez, who was accused of raping a 24-year-old.
“I doubt those kind of jeans can be removed without any sort of collaboration,” the jury said during the trial. Veronica Wensing, chairwoman of the National Association of Services Against Sexual Assault, said a woman’s outfit should not be an issue in alleged rapes. “Any piece of clothing can be removed with force,” she said.