Sexual Offences

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The Irish public is gaining a better understanding of sexual consent but further engagement is needed with certain groups, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) has said. The charity today launched its third tranche of research focused on public understanding of sexual consent, as part of the organisatio

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A man who sent unsolicited photos of his erect penis to a 15-year-old girl and a woman has become the first person in England and Wales to be convicted and jailed for cyber-flashing. Cyber-flashing became a specific criminal offence in England and Wales on 31 January 2024. Similar legislation took e

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The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has welcomed a Pakistani legal reform that strengthens women's rights in marriage and criminalises unconsented sexual acts. The change in law has led to the first conviction for marital rape in the province of Sindh, where a K

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A pilot scheme providing free independent legal advice to complainants in serious sexual offence cases in Northern Ireland has been extended for a further year until March 2025. The Department of Justice launched the pilot scheme in April 2021, less than a year before the collapse of the Northern Ir

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A proposed EU directive on combating violence against women will not address rape after member states failed to reach a consensus on its legal definition. The European Council took the decision to exclude rape from the forthcoming Directive on Combatting Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence

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Researchers north and south of the border have launched a new network to connect those working on sexual violence across the island of Ireland. The All-Ireland Network on Sexual Violence Research (AINSVR) is a collaboration between Queen's University Belfast and the University of Limerick, led by Dr

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Lawyers are being sought for research into the legal framework governing previous sexual history evidence in serious sexual offences trials. Dr Sinéad Ring of Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology is in the recruitment phase of the research and looking for lawyer participants.

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The Irish government should campaign to have a consent-based definition of rape included in a new EU directive on violence against women, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) has said. Frances Fitzgerald, the former justice minister and current Fine Gael MEP, said last year that some EU member states ar

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A new public awareness campaign is drawing attention to Northern Ireland's new bans on so-called up-skirting, down-blousing and cyber-flashing. The Department of Justice launched the "Don't do it. Don't tolerate it" campaign to raise awareness of the new offences in the Justice (Sexual Offences and

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New criminal offences of up-skirting, down-blousing and cyber-flashing have come into effect in Northern Ireland. The Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 is now fully in force, following the earlier commencement of provisions on the privacy and anonymity of

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Justice minister Helen McEntee and James Browne, minister of state with responsibility for law reform have welcomed the passing through the Oireachtas of legislation which will establish a statutory agency under the remit of the Department of Justice dedicated to tackling and reducing domestic,

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