Dublin Rape Crisis Centre calls for more state funding to deal with sexual violence ‘epidemic’

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s latest annual report found an increase in the number of victims of sexual violence.

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Ireland ‘in grip of sexual violence crisis’; Rape Crisis Centre sees demand for services soar

Ireland is in the grip of a sexual violence epidemic, according to the chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC).

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Rape cases increased by almost 80% since 2014

The number of rape court-cases in Ireland has increased by nearly 80% in recent years.

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Taxi driver case prompts concerns over enforceability of bail conditions in sexual offence cases

The chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has expressed concern about the enforceability of bail conditions in sexual offence cases.

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Justice Minister launches 'No Excuses' campaign highlighting sexual harassment attitudes

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has launched a new media campaign questioning people's attitudes to sexual harassment.

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Victim of rape urges mass demonstration on International Women’s Day

Leona O’Callaghan has been critical of the way the judicial system deals with victims of rape and sexual assault.

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175 people on Dublin Rape Crisis Centre waiting list

A heightened awareness of consent is one of a number of reasons why there has been an increase in young people seeking help from rape crisis centres.

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Gardaí release EvoFit of sexual assault suspect

Gardaí investigating an alleged sexual assault on a woman in a taxi after she left a Christmas party at the weekend before last have released an EvoFit of a suspect and an image of a white cab.

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Gardaí investigating sexual assault in Dublin on Sunday appeal to public for information

Gardai in Irishtown are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a woman in the early hours of Sunday morning that they say took place between 12.45am and 3.44am.

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Gardaí investigating sexual assault in Dublin

Gardai in Dublin are investigating allegations of a sexual assault on a woman.

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“I have my life back now. This is my time”: Rape victim welcomes end of nightmare

“I have my life back now. This is my time.” Those were the words of rape victim Stephan Hickey who waived her anonymity on Monday when the man who abused her was sentenced to 10 years for the sexual abuse and rape of her, her sister and a third woman over the course of 12 years.

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'Between the justice system and the rapist, they both tore my life to shreds': Lavinia Kerwick

Rape survivor Lavinia Kerwick, who made legal history as a teenager in 1992 when she waived her anonymity to speak publicly about her rape ordeal and appalling experience in court, made an emotional address a gathering at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre today.

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'I will never forgive that judge for what he put me through': Rape survivor Lavinia Kerwick

A woman who waived her right to anonymity after when she was raped as a teenager in the early 90s has spoken out about the need for criminal justice reform for victims.

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Update: Rights of rape victims 'not well understood' in the courts, says Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

The total was outlined in the centre’s annual report for 2017, which was published today.

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Woman takes to streets of Dublin in just lingerie to demand rape trial reform

Stacie Ellen Murphy wants to lead a march on the Dail to force changes to the law after a controversial case in Co Cork.

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Justice Minister calls for 'full-blooded' tactics in rape trials to be re-examined

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has called for strict limits on how alleged rape and sexual assault victims are treated in court after a public backlash over aggressive legal tactics in high-profile cases.

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Rise in reports of rape ‘reflects prevalence’ of sexual violence

A leading campaigner for victims of sexual violence has welcomed a 48% increase in the number of reported rapes in Cork City since the start of the year as a sign that people are becoming more willing to come forward.

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Greater legal protection from 'sexual stereotypes' needed during rape trials: Ivana Bacik

Labour senator Ivana Bacik said the reforms are needed as a result of the Belfast rugby players rape trial and the recent case of a young woman's underwear being raised as evidence during a recent trial in the Republic.

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'Time to put manners on the system', says Rape Crisis Network

The director of the Rape Crisis Network Ireland, Cliona Saidlear has said that there is space in the Irish legal system for protocols for the behaviour of lawyers in rape cases.

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Noeline Blackwell: Change needed in laws and public attitudes towards rape

The director of Dublin’s Rape Crisis Centre, Noeline Blackwell says there needs to be a change in legislation and in public attitudes towards rape.

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Rape trial underwear evidence - Under scrutiny

It is hard to imagine an item of female underwear becoming a global flag of protest.

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Rally to be held in Cork following lacy thong comments in rape case

A rally to protest against victim blaming is to take place in Cork city centre on Wednesday following a recent case in the Central Criminal Court where a barrister representing a man in a rape trial said that the jury should reflect on the underwear worn by a teenage girl.

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Rape crisis centre head unsurprised rape jury asked to consider underwear worn by complainant

The head of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Noeline Blackwell has hit out at the use of 'rape stereotypes' in rape trials.

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Complainants in rape cases should have access to legal advice, says judge

A high court judge has said he “completely” agrees that complainants in rape cases should have access to legal advice during trials.

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Commonwealth Games swimmer accused of rape tells jury woman was 'flirtatious'

A Commonwealth Games swimmer accused of raping a girl after his fellow swimmer had sex with her has told a jury she was "flirtatious" with him before they had consensual sex.

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Defence barristers can not be allowed re-victimise rape trial witnesses - Victims Rights Alliance

Defence barristers can not be allowed to re-victimise rape trial witnesses.

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Father of rape victim decries system which leads to 'silence and shame for survivors'

Sharing his own experiences, and writing anonymously, the father of a raped teenager decries an environment that reduces rape to a court verdict and so induces silence, hiding and shame amongst survivors.

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Irish justice system failing abuse victims, warns Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has warned that the Irish justice system is failing victims of abuse.

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'I honestly still love dad': Cork woman Amy Barrett speaks about life after abusive father's conviction

One of the two daughters of a Cork man sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for sexually abusing them over a number of years has told RTÉ Radio One's Today with Sean O'Rourke programme that she still loves her father.

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Teen accused of rape sent for trial at Central Criminal Court

A 17-year-old accused of raping a teenage girl in Dublin has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

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