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# Sexual Assault
Plan to combat domestic violence will 'make Ireland a safer place for women and men'
There’ll be extra training for gardaí and a nationwide awareness campaign.
# women and war
'Prostitution happens a lot, but what can you do? You have to eat'
A new report identifies that women and girls with disabilities are “a particularly at risk group for sexual violence” during humanitarian crises.
# sexual violence
To my attacker: 'I want you to see I'm not defeated'
There are calls for victims to be able to meet offenders in the aftermath of sexual crimes.
Voices
In Ireland, a man can actually confess to rape and still serve no time in prison
Yesterday Magnus Meyer Hustveit walked free from court after admitting that he had repeatedly raped his former girlfriend when she was unconscious.
# Counselling
There were 25 calls seeking help after a rape every day last year
Over 9,000 contacts were received in 2014.
# Your Say
Poll: Does the Irish system for reporting sexual offences need to change?
Two out of every three sexual assaults in Ireland last year were never reported to any authority.
# sexual violence
Two out of every three victims of rape won't report it to the authorities - why?
“There’s no grey area in the law.”
# sexual violence
Tusla defends its decision to withdraw funding from the Rape Crisis Network
It says, “The decision is dictated by the need to achieve the best use of limited available resources.”
This hard-hitting video could challenge people's views on rape
“Most people who are raped already know the person who raped them,” said Rape Crisis Midwest.
# Central African Republic
French soldiers accused of 'stomach-turning' rape of children fleeing war
Reports claim children as young as nine were raped in exchange for food.
Voices
How the language we choose can help combat violence against women
Language matters – none of us are perfect human beings and we all fall prey to our unconscious prejudices that we absorb from our environment.
Voices
Graham Dwyer highlights the danger of thinking a 'type' of person commits sexual crimes
Until we accept that we have inaccurate perceptions about what kind of person perpetrates sexual violence, it will continue.
Voices
We need to talk more about relationships, consent and sexual violence
A recent survey in UCC found that many students have worrying gaps in knowledge about sexual violence.
Voices
Column: Healing broken souls and bodies – how sexual violence is shattering lives in CAR
“Sophie was on a bus going to the market in Boguila in northwest Central African Republic when it was stopped by a group of armed men.”
# driven out
This city has just banned Uber after claims a driver raped a passenger
The 26-year-old woman had fallen asleep during the trip home.
# language in the law
Calls for new law to 'call child pornography what it is' - child abuse
“It’s time to get tough with these people.”
Voices
Opinion: Young Travellers experiencing domestic violence can feel extremely isolated
Relationships between minorities and the police can involve fear and mistrust – creating additional obstacles for women seeking to leave a violent situation.
# Milestone
New law means electronic tagging for some sex offenders
There has been a wide welcome for new offences against child grooming and buying sex.
# rape crisis centres
Direct Provision 'increases distress and vulnerability' of sexually-abused migrants
The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland has said that the DP system needs to be overhauled to protect refugees.
# Report
Lawmakers told that prostitution is sexual violence and that domestic violence is a crime
Today’s report by the Oireachtas Justice Committee on Sexual and Domestic Violence suggests changes to the way prostitution is legislated for.
# Hong Kong
Protesters being targeted by Triad violence and sexual assaults - Amnesty
Police are being accused of ‘standing by’ as protesters were attacked.
# Horrific
Three Italian nuns found brutally murdered at Burundi convent
Pope Francis has offered his condolences after the horrific murders.
# Support
'Coming forward as a victim of rape is very difficult as it triggers shame and blame'
What services does the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre offer and who avails of them?
# Helpline
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre reports 'disturbing increase' of sexual violence
The organisation said that 48% of clients were victims of childhood sexual abuse.
Voices
Opinion: It's a false economy to cut back funding to rape crisis centres
We need to gain a true picture of the prevalence most heinous crimes in our society in order to inform national policy.
# Rape
Two teen sisters gang raped and hung from a tree in India
Two of the four men arrested so far in relation to the girl’s deaths are police officers.
# sexual violence
One in Four welcomes today's audits but says church must never become complacent again
Counselling services are available to support people impacted by today’s child protection reports.
# North Korea
UN declares North Korea's crimes on par with Nazism, apartheid and Khmer Rouge
The head of a UN inquiry has condemned North Korea’s extensive human rights abuses – including extermination, enslavement and sexual violence.
# fear
EU wide survey on violence against women shows startling statistics
The Rape Crisis Network is asking for funding to be protected in light of the findings.
# Domestic Violence
One in three European women have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 15
This is the largest European study on violence against women, including interviews with 42,000 women across Europe.
# Sexual Assault
Study finds sexual violence against women "endemic" in some countries
The study revealed that an estimated one in 14 women worldwide have been sexually assaulted by someone other than their partner.
# India
India to hold vigils to mark anniversary of gang-rape victim's death
The 23-year-old physiotherapy student died this day last year, nearly two weeks after being attacked by a gang of men on a moving bus in Dehli.
Voices
Column: Women in Colombia are fighting back against the use of rape as a weapon of war
Sexual violence is perpetrated by security forces, guerrilla groups and paramilitaries in Colombia – with journalists and human rights defenders targeted alongside civilians. But despite considerable personal risks, women are fighting back.
# Europe
One quarter of women experience physical or sexual violence from a partner
5.2 per cent of women experience sexual violence from someone who isn’t their partner, the study by the World Health Organisation found.
Voices
Column: I was raped by my ex-boyfriend but I've taken back control of my life
Despite the dark road I travelled after being assaulted, I realised that I’m a young, intelligent woman with everything to live for – and I won’t let my attacker ruin my life for one second longer.
# Child Abuse
'Urgent action' needed to regulate access to the counselling notes of child sex abuse survivors
The RCNI has called for an end to the current system which allows a child’s intimate counselling notes, discussing their sexual abuse, to be used during a court trial.
# war zone
Angelina Jolie calls on UN Security Council to act on war rapes
The actress asked the UN Security Council to make dealing with war zone rape a top priority.
# Domestic Abuse
Over 3,000 domestic abuse victims helped by support commission last year
The Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime helped more than 15,000 people last year.
# Abuse
Over 3,000 disclosures of child abuse to Women's Aid last year, up 55 per cent
Women’s Aid has said that the more severe the domestic violence against a mother, the more likely as child is to be abused in the home.
# Asia
Victims demand apology from Japanese mayor over wartime sex slaves remark
Up to 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly drafted into brothels catering to the Japanese military in territories occupied by Japan during WWII.