People gather for a vigil at Leinster House, Dublin, for the murdered Ashling Murphy. Thousands of people attended vigils and memorials for the school teacher and musician over the weekend. Photograph: PA

In the wake of the killing of Ashling Murphy, in Tullamore, Co Offaly, vigils across the country heard calls for the young teacher’s death to be a wat(...)

The number of people reporting experiences of rape and child sex abuse increased sharply during the first four months of the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The number of people reporting experiences of rape and child sex abuse increased sharply during the first four months of the coronavirus pandemic, fig(...)

Maeve Lewis,  executive director of One In Four: ‘It places our clients in physical danger and in danger of harassment.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Therapy services are no longer asking child sex abuse victims to disclose their abusers’ names due to a Tusla policy mandating that alleged abusers mu(...)

The committee heard from legal experts and children’s rights advocates. File photograph: Getty Images

The State is not in compliance with its constitutional obligation to ensure that the voices of children are heard in court cases concerning them, the (...)

Sex offenders being ‘driven underground’ post release from prison was a ‘serious issue’ the Probation Service faced, the committee heard. Photograph: iStock

Concerns have been expressed that disclosures of the location of convicted sex offenders after their release from prison will drive offenders “under t(...)

Messages left on the railings at the site of a former Magdalene laundry on Dublin’s Sean McDermott street. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Charities that support victims of abuse have said the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland has triggered a sharp increase in the number of abuse survivors(...)

There is something seriously wrong when only 10 per cent of rape victims report the crime to the gardaí and just 8 per cent of those cases result in court convictions. Photograph: Frank Miller

There is something seriously wrong when only 10 per cent of rape victims report the crime to the Garda and just eight per cent of those cases result i(...)

The Rape Crisis Network is worried inexpert use of  data may result in the accidental identification of survivors. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Concerns have been expressed that Tusla’s handling of information from rape crisis centres may result in the accidental identification of survivors s(...)

The Rape Crisis Network Ireland has called for evidence given by survivors of sexual violence to be pre-recorded. Photograph: Robert Daly/Getty Images

Evidence given in court by survivors of rape and sexual violence, including their cross-examinations, should be pre-recorded so that they no longer ha(...)

Former senator Averil Power takes a self-defence class with Krav Maga instructor Patrick Cumiskey  in his training gym at Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The number of assaults and incidents of sexual violence reported to An Garda Síochána has increased, according to the latest crime statistics. Report(...)

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