By insisting that rape and sexual assault be dealt with in much the same way as a car robbery, the criminal justice system fails to recognise the singular sensitivities involved in cases such as these.  Photograph: Frank Miller

A criminal justice system that deters victims from reporting crime is failing at the most fundamental level. Yet the rape trial that concluded in Belf(...)

“The reduction in sentence makes a very significant difference in the maturity of a young child and their ability to deal with the challenges of the release of their father from prison.” File photograph: Getty Images

Victim’s letter: Dear Justice Edwards, Justice Birmingham and Justice Mahon Your judgment in February to reduce the sentence by 2 years for marital (...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher: If as a society we are sincere about our compassion for women we need to be sincere in respecting and trusting the decisions women make. This is why I believe we should repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Abortion is a very uncomfortable subject for anyone to discuss in great detail and there is no unanimous position on it. Some say abortion is a human(...)

The case of the 12-year-old has been notified to the Child and Family Agency, Tusla. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The circumstances that led to an 12-year-old girl getting an abortion in Britain in the past year are being investigated by the gardaí. It is underst(...)

Harassment orders: sex offenders can be banned from contacting victims for a year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The largest rape-crisis centre in the State has welcomed a new power allowing courts to prohibit sex offenders from contacting or approaching their vi(...)

Tom O’Malley: legislating for abortion in rape cases “legally complex and therefore open to legal challenge”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment has been advised that if a woman is granted an abortion because of an alleged rape, this may h(...)

Tom Humphries: the former Irish Times journalist pleaded guilty to two counts of defilement of a child and four counts of inviting a child to participate in a sexually explicit, obscene or indecent act.  Photograph: Courtpix

Campaigners against sex abuse have condemned what they described as the leniency of the 2½ year prison sentence given to Tom Humphries and the judge’s(...)

France is considering police warnings for ‘everyday sexist’ acts such as whistles and comments about appearance

Can you outlaw low-level everyday sexual harassment on the street, such as wolf whistles? France is considering such a move, in the wake of widespread(...)

There were more than 6,000 new callers to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s helpline last year. Image: iStock

The number of calls to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre helpline relating to adult rape has increased 24 per cent over the past year, according to figure(...)

“One of the things that causes that deep-rooted shame is this societal idea that men are more able to defend themselves.” Photograph: iStock

“I don’t think it’s ever easy to come forward to speak about rape, but I think there is an added layer of shame when it’s attached to men,” says Anne-(...)

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