Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald: much vaunted Burglary of Dwellings Bill.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

From November 16th, victims of crime will for the first time have legally enforceable rights. State agencies such as the Office of the Director of Pub(...)

Teenagers are becoming sexualised by unrestricted exposure to explicit content online which in some cases leads to sexual abuse of younger family members, according to One in Four executive director Maeve Lewis. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dangerous individuals who can sexually abuse children over time exist in “every community” and now tend to be younger than before, survivors’ organisa(...)

 Executive director of One in Four Maeve Lewis. The agency, which helps survivors of child sexual abuse, has appealed for donations.    File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

One in Four, the agency which helps people who suffered sexual abuse as children, has appealed for donations. For the past eight weeks the agency has (...)

Photograph: Yuri Arcurs/Hemera/Getty

Most families unconsciously protect a sex offender living in their homes because they are terrified of society’s response, according to Eileen Finnega(...)

Maeve Lewis: “It is not acceptable in a democracy that so many victims of serious sexual crime . . .  are so terrified of the criminal trial system that they choose not to make a complaint in the first place.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is not acceptable in a democracy that so many victims of serious sexual crime do not have access to a legal remedy or are so terrified of the crimi(...)