Update 1.25pm: The Dublin Rape Crisis centre says reforming our rape laws will give victims more confidence to report the crime.
Currently, somebody accused of rape can use the defence that he honestly believed that a woman was consenting to sex.
The Law Reform Commission has published a number of options in relation to consent - with the public urged to have its say.
As part of this review - the Commission suggests that the words 'reasonable belief' could be added to the definition of rape.
CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Noeleen Blackwell thinks its a good move.
Earlier: Issue of consent the main focus of review of Irish rape laws
The issue of consent is the main focus of a review of Irish rape laws.
The Law Reform Commission has published a paper looking at options for reform in the area - including whether someone should be charged if they did not make sure their partner consented.
Irish law on rape says an accused is only guilty when a sexual act occurred and they knew there was no consent.
The LRC is asking for the public's view on the issue and is appealing for submissions.
CEO Of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Noeleen Blackwell says a review of our rape laws is essential.
She said: "A person will be acquitted of rape if they reasonably believe that the other person was consenting. Currently, no matter how strange the belief is if someone really believes it they will be acquitted.
Tom O'Malley, a senior law lecturer at NUI Galway and a member of Law Reform Commission said:
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