The report, Knowledge or Belief Concerning Consent in Rape Law, was sought by the Attorney General after the Supreme Court confirmed in 2016  an ‘honest, though unreasonable mistake that the woman was consenting, is a defence in rape’

Men should no longer be able to use the claim that they “honestly believed” a woman had consented to sex as a defence in rape trials, the Law Reform C(...)

Lavinia Kerwick: ‘When we support each other, we grow stronger. When we hear each other, we all learn.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The first rape victim to waive her anonymity after the man convicted of raping her walked free has called for more supports for survivors, especially (...)

Dara Quigley who died on April 12th, 2017

The family of journalist and activist Dara Quigley, who died by suicide in April 2017 after intimate images of her were widely shared online, say they(...)

Linda Hayden has called for more protections for sexual assault victims. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

A woman who was drugged and raped nearly two decades ago in a Waterford hotel has called for more protections for sexual assault victims. Writing on(...)

Tom Humphries attending his 2017 trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Convicted child abuser and former Irish Times writer Tom Humphries has been released from prison having served 22 months of a 2½-year sentence. The f(...)

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Noeline Blackwell said the e-health initiative was a reflection of the organisation’s determination to ‘come up with new solutions’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An online therapeutic support service for victims of sexual violence will be the first alternative treatment of its kind in the world, the Dublin Rape(...)

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: ‘People told us of their upset about the cruelty of the court system and inappropriate social media messages.’ Photograph: James Forde

Public outrage resulting from last year’s Belfast rape trial led to an “unexpected but very welcome surge in income” for the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre(...)

Sexual offences: the first quarter saw a 10 per cent rise from 2,938 to 3,231. Photograph: iStock

More detailed and consistent information is needed to help better understand and respond to rising rates of sexual crime in the State, the Dublin Rape(...)

The Bill provides for new offences dealing with non-consensual distribution of intimate images with intent to cause harm or distress, more commonly known as “revenge pornography”.  Photograph: Getty Images

A victim of revenge porn is calling for perpetrators to be put on an offenders list. The woman, known as Jane, told RTÉ radio’s Today with Sean O’Rou(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said the funding ‘will offer protection to people fleeing emotional, physical or sexual abuse’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government has pledged an extra €1.5 million in funding to tackle a rise in domestic and sexual violence. The additional money will go towards fr(...)

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