Broadcaster Bibi Baskin and journalist Fiona Looney have spoken publically for the first time about their personal experiences of sexual assault.
Ms Looney and Ms Baskin were among a panel of women on TV3 show 'Midday' today, which was discussing
Ms Baskin, who was appearing on the show for the first time, spoke about a time she was groped while visiting India.
"I haven't said this before. An incident happened to me in India a couple of years ago," she said.
"It was dark and maybe 8 o’clock in the evening. I was not in Indian dress because I was with a mate from Ireland I dressed in western dress. So I'm walking along this part of the city where street light is dim and this man just grabbed my boob.
"My immediate reaction was, I shouldn't have dressed like this. I think that's the wrong reaction but I have to admit it was my reaction in that moment.”
Ms Looney spoke about her surprise at how people reacted when she told them about her encounter with sexual violence.
"I've never spoken about this. I was sexually assaulted about 25/30 years ago," she said.
"I had been drinking. I was drunk. My guard was down. I was wearing a short skirt. It was awful.
"At the time it was the worst thing that ever happened to me. It was dreadful.
"But afterwards, the amount of people, and I hate to say this, mainly women, who said: ‘Yeah but your skirt was really short and you were quite drunk’.
"I'm sorry, how is that my fault that a man forced me down and pulled my legs apart? How is that my fault because of what I was wearing?
"I was quite dismayed at how many people said ‘well, what did you expect?’ and maybe that’s why I didn't report it actually."
During the show, they also spoke to Ellen O’ Malley Dunlop from the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre who said that she would urge “anyone who was a victim of an assault to ring the helpline and get the support and help to get through it.”
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Helpline can be contacted on 1800 77 88 88.
'Midday' airs weekdays from 11:30am to 12:30pm on TV3.