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Tuesday 26 September 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# sexual violence

This year
66% of young adults who disclosed an experience of sexual violence told a friend first
The survey found that 36% of women who did not disclose any experience of sexual violence did so because they felt ashamed or embarrassed.
One in four Irish women faced sexual violence with a partner, CSO figures suggest
For sexual violence as an adult with a non-partner, the most prevalent location was in a pub/club/disco.
Sexual and domestic abuse victims can feel 'belittled' by social workers, report finds
Victims interviewed by the National Women’s Council said that feeling blamed by professionals made them want to abandon court proceedings.
Harris launches guide for third level institutions to end sexual violence and harassment
Institutions will be instructed to record statistics on harassment, assault, and rape and report them to the Higher Education Authority.
Half of women in Ireland have experienced sexual violence, according to major CSO survey
The CSO has released the results of a major survey into the prevalence of sexual violence in Ireland.
Rape Crisis Network calls for independent authority on domestic, sexual, gender based violence
This post would independently monitor and scrutinise the coordination and implementation of policy and practice.
Last year
Majority of Irish people agree that pornography is harming society, Women's Aid report finds
Women were more likely than men to believe that pornography was detrimental to young people.
11 French bishops accused of sexual violence, senior church group says
All of the accused will face either prosecution or church disciplinary procedures.
Over half of the murders in the State last year were related to domestic abuse
The figures were published following an analysis of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence crimes.
Secondary school curriculum to be updated to address issues like domestic violence and consent
Education Minister Norma Foley said that education has a “very significant” role to play in the new Zero Tolerance strategy.
Irish Prison Service to launch major review of how psychologists deal with sex offenders
The Irish Prison Service has said that the work of its psychologists would be expanded to deal with people serving sentences for sexual violence.
Minister to explore offering sex crime victims photo of offender on jail release
Helen McEntee made her comments at the Justice Committee.
Evidence of rape by Russian soldiers in Ukraine mounts as ICC investigates war crimes
A report by
Lauren Boland
A growing number of women have shared testimony of being sexually assaulted during the war.
Evidence of rape by Russian soldiers is mounting in Ukraine, Lauren Boland reports.
A growing number of women have shared testimony of being sexually assaulted during the war.
The International Criminal Court is investigating suspected war crimes.
Joe Biden accuses Putin's forces of 'genocide' in Ukraine for the first time
Analysis: Under international law, is Putin criminally liable for his invasion of Ukraine?
Investigative platform Noteworthy wins prestigious Mary Raftery Prize
Reporter Peter McGuire won for his investigation that found sexual violence victims were fighting roadblocks to justice.
All time
New tool allows higher education students to anonymously report sexual harassment and violence
The Speak Out tool will be launched across 18 universities this academic year.
Protests following alleged rape and murder of nine-year-old girl in Indian capital
The nine-year-old girl was allegedly killed in a crematorium in south-west New Delhi – four men have been arrested.
Victims and offenders in 20% of sexual violence cases aged under 18 - CSO
Almost all offenders in cases of sexual violence reported in 2019 were men, Central Statistics Office data showed.
'It felt safe': Why do people turn to social media to share their experiences of sexual assault?
Post-MeToo, more people are disclosing their sexual violence experiences online – but what issues might this bring up for them and society at large?
Opinion: 'They are distraught when their images are shared by a former partner'
Noeline Blackwell of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says the law around image-based sexual abuse is useless as it pre-dates the internet and new legislation can’t come quickly enough.
Judges, lawyers, and gardaí to get specialist training to better support victims of sexual violence
A review into the legal protections offered to complainants in sexual assault cases was carried out following the high-profile Belfast rape trial in 2018.
Speak or Survive: Does Ireland write off survivors of sexual violence?
Part two of Noteworthy series on victims of sexual crimes who speak out focuses on the poor mental health supports and outcomes for survivors.
Speak or Survive: Sexual violence victims still fighting roadblocks to justice
Survivors of sexual crimes tell Noteworthy investigation what needs to change to give victims a chance to find a voice, justice – and peace.
3 in 10 female third-level students have experienced non-consensual penetration, survey finds
That’s according to a new national survey published by NUI Galway’s Active Consent Programme.
Children suspected in 1 out of every 5 cases of criminal sexual violence
New figures on serious crime published today by the Central Statistics Office.
'It could be anyone - your sister, mother, niece or aunt - rape happens'
Lavinia Kerwick, the first rape survivor in Ireland to waive her anonymity, has called for more supports to be made available to fellow survivors.
'He did not do one day': Six in 10 domestic violence offenders get suspended sentence
The vast majority of victims are women and over half are abused in their own home.
Domestic and sexual violence groups to get €1.5 million more in funding
The total amount of funding for 2019 has increased to €23.8 million.
Opinion: 'I'm not a victim, I am a survivor ... I don’t flinch when someone touches me'
Aicha Dounia was abused by her biological father from the age of four but she refuses to live a life ‘consumed by hatred’.
Our systems are not working to prevent child sexual violence, even after it is reported
Of all reported cases of child sexual violence only 2% end in a conviction. Children whose disclosures don’t result in a criminal conviction still need protection, writes Dr Clíona Saidléar.
CSO to carry out new national survey on sexual violence ... says it may take five years
It’s been 16 years since the Savi – Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland – report, was published.
Lynn Ruane on sexual assault: 'I carried a shame that wasn’t mine for years before I told anyone'
It’s been 16 years since the Savi – Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland – report, and it’s high time Ireland has another one, writes Lynn Ruane.
Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have won the Nobel peace prize for 2018
The Congolese doctor and Iraqi human rights activist have been honored with the world-renowned humanitarian prize this morning.
Lily Allen's account of sexual assault reveals we still have a long way to go to tackle how rape is reported
Lily Allen was able to run away to stop her sexual assault becoming rape, but some women can’t.
'My first thought when I was raped was whether or not I was pregnant - that shouldn't be the case'
The Together For Yes campaign launched a position paper on the proposed legislation.
When consent is contested, both sides are fighting for a 'win'
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, while accepting the verdict of the Belfast jury, is concerned about how all parties are treated in such cases and how it can deter reporting sexual violence.
New national survey to examine sexual harassment in workplace
The last SAVI report, which was commissioned 16 years ago, is to be updated.
Taoiseach asks ministers to examine if Irish statistics on sexual violence need updating
There have been calls for the SAVI report, commissioned 15 years ago, to be updated.
'I don’t trust anyone any more, they all failed me' - The sexual victims of Bosnia's war
Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland says the report shows that the women are being forgotten.
Almost 1,500 calls were made to a sexual violence centre in Cork last year
Nine in 10 victims that availed of the centre’s services were female.
Man convicted of kidnapping ex-partner, jury fails to reach verdict on rape charge
The man allegedly beat and threatened the mother of his children throughout their five-year relationship.