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(...)

Lavinia Kerwick at the  launch of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre annual report. Photograph: Rollingnews.ie

Rape survivor Lavinia Kerwick has called on the gardaí, judiciary and politicians to be as brave as she was 25 years ago when she waived her right to (...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Overall, nine of 14 categories of crime reported to the Garda increased during the 12-month period. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) has said an increase in reported sex crimes in Ireland highlighted the need for more specialist Garda units that (...)

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said  there is large-scale under-reporting of sexual offences. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Again, and again, the same issues arise for those who deal with sexual assault allegations involving third-level students: alcohol, a fear of reportin(...)

What is being billed as Ireland’s “first ever national yoga festival”, called NOURISH #YogaFSTVL, is scheduled for September 17th-23rd. Yoga studios, workshops and retreats all over Ireland will be opening their doors to welcome locals of all ages and abilities. For more information check out fstvlr.ie. Pictured is Jeanie Jyanti of Anam Solas Yoga.

1) The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is seeking volunteers to train as Telephone Counsellors to staff its 24-hour national freephone helpline outside offi(...)

Noeline Blackwell: ‘It should not be the case that a man can ‘walk out of court’ with his honest but unreasonable belief’  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has said the “honest belief” defence for persons accused of rape is “not acceptable” and puts individual rape victims an(...)

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