There are fears that the prospect of being asked very  personal questions in a court is discouraging some victims of sexual abuse from coming forward. File photograph: Getty Images

Large numbers of rape victims are being questioned about their sexual history in court, even when it has nothing to do with their allegations, figures(...)

Dr Noelle Higgins from Maynooth University - International Human Rights Law and Fatal Foetal Abnormalities speaking at the second meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Approximately one woman in 20 who is raped will go on to become pregnant, the Citizens’ Assembly has been told. Dr Maeve Eogan, the medical director(...)

“The legislation will clarify that consent cannot be given in particular cases, including where a person is asleep or is intoxicated, and it will also clarify that consent can be withdrawn at any time before or during the act”

Proposed legislative changes, which will define sexual consent in law for the first time, will protect the human rights of both men and women, accordi(...)

Sexual harassment: “He went over and put his hand up her skirt. Three of the lads intervened, pulled him outside. She was afraid of what her husband would think.” Illustration: Daniel Mackie/Ikon/Getty

Laura had been working at a financial institution in Dublin for 20 years when a colleague sexually harassed her at an office party. It was 2008, and L(...)

Mr Justice Peter Charleton  said every jury was “entrusted . . .  to judge what the accused claims as to his mistaken belief against their view of what an ordinary or reasonable man would have realised in the circumstances”. Photograph: iStock

The law on rape allows as a defence that the accused had an honest belief the alleged victim had given consent, though the jury in any trial should co(...)

Half of all Irish women will experience sexual harassment at some point in their lives,  according to a new report from Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Half of all Irish women will experience sexual harassment at some point in their lives, while one-quarter will be subjected to physical violence, acco(...)

“Angela” (not her real name) spoke at the publication of the 2015 annual report from the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, describing herself as a “victor over rape”. Photograph: File

A woman who was raped by her husband has urged other women in her situation not to wash themselves after an assault, as vital evidence is lost in the(...)

The number of first-time callers to the national helpline for victims of rape and sexual assault was more than 50 per cent higher last year than the number in 2013, new figures show.

The number of first-time callers to the national helpline for victims of rape and sexual assault was more than 50 per cent higher last year than the n(...)

The man sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for raping his wife is just the second individual convicted of the crime since marital rape was made illegal in 1990. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The man sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for raping his wife is just the second individual convicted of the crime since marital rape was made(...)

Olivia Walker has been a volunteer with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre  for five years. Working with victims of sexual violence appealed to her as  a useful and important service. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rape victims’ experience of the criminal justice system can be “horrific”, according to victim accompaniment volunteer Olivia Walker. From making a (...)

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