A signed plea of guilty is the quickest way an abuser can accept responsibility for their crimes.

Only six serious sexual offenders dealt with by the Central Criminal Court in the past seven years entered signed pleas of guilty, an analysis by The (...)

Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of rape “but their names are mud,” NUI Galway law lecturer Dr Conor Hanly said. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The law on the anonymity of defendants and complainants in rape trials in the Republic works well and should be retained, according to a leading acade(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said victims of sex offences should come forward and can be confident of a professional approach from gardaí. File photograph: Collins

The number of sexual crimes being reported to the Garda has surged to a record high and is well on course to pass a worrying new benchmark by year end(...)

Lavinia Kerwick: 'He committed a heinous crime next to murder. There’s no forgiveness for that.' Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“My name is Lavinia.” More than 25 years after finding herself invisible and voiceless as a teenage rape victim in the legal system, Lavinia Kerwick s(...)

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said: ‘We welcome the fact that more and more victims of recent sexual violence are coming forward to seek counselling in the immediate aftermath of the trauma.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The number of people being raped at house parties and by multiple perpetrators is increasing, according to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC). In i(...)

Staffing problems come at a time when  sexual assault units have seen a 20 per cent increase in the number of people attending them since 2015. Photograph: iStock

Staffing levels at the country’s six sexual assault treatment units are “scandalous” the CEO of Dublin’s Rape Crisis Centre has said. Noeline Blackwe(...)

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council said  up to date data on sexual violence is urgently needed. File photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Serious concerns were raised on Wednesday that the first report in almost two decades on the extent of sexual violence in Ireland will take five years(...)

Leona O’Callaghan (37) speaks to the media outside the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

The director of Dublin’s Rape Crisis Centre, Noeline Blackwell, says there needs to be a change in legislation and in public attitudes towards rape. (...)

Eoin Berkley had been barred from Dublin city centre before raping a Spanish teenager. File photograph: Collins Courts

One of the most senior officers in the Garda has been asked to investigate a failure by the force to enforce bail conditions on a man sentenced to 14 (...)

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has called for a sentencing database. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Information on how judges decide on sentences in rape and sex abuse cases must be published to ensure survivors understand the process and are not dis(...)

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