ALISON O'CONNOR: 2002 report on sexual violence in Ireland is hopelessly outdated

Technology has changed, particularly through the ubiquitousness of the mobile phone but the need for research has not diminished, writes Alison O’Connor

IN 2002, the notion that a digital device, held in your hand, could be a child’s first introduction to sex, contribute to addictions to hardcore pornography, or even used to blackmail someone for a sexual act caught on camera, would have seemed unimaginable.

Yet this is exactly what has occurred in the intervening years, through the ubiquitousness of the mobile phone. The mobile has revolutionised sex in a digital manner. This is just one of the many reasons why a report into sexual abuse and violence in Ireland published 17 years ago is so hopelessly outdated.

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