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Reporting of sexual offences hits record in wake of #MeToo

A total of 820 rapes and 175 cases of child sexual abuse were reported to gardaí over the year. Stock photo: PA Archive/PA Images

Ian Begley

  • Reporting of sexual offences hits record in wake of #MeToo

    Independent.ie

    A record 3,286 sexual offences were reported to gardaí over a 12-month period, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

    https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/reporting-of-sexual-offences-hits-record-in-wake-of-metoo-38542007.html

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A record 3,286 sexual offences were reported to gardaí over a 12-month period, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The level of reported offences reveals a rise of 9.2pc in the period up to June this year, compared to the previous 12-month period.

A total of 820 rapes and 175 cases of child sexual abuse were reported to gardaí over the year.

It has been claimed in recent times that the MeToo movement could be behind the increase in the number of sex crimes being reported.

In 2018, there was also a 10pc rise, with many crediting the numerous high-profile arrests, such as Harvey Weinstein, for the increase in complainants coming forward.

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik told the Irish Independent she believes the #MeToo movement is still having a positive impact in Irish society.

“It’s evident that the movement has encouraged more victims to speak out,” she said.

“I’m glad that it’s still having an effect, but these statistics do not show the actual scale of sexual offences in this country. In reality, there could be many more victims still afraid to report these crimes to gardaí.”

Noeline Blackwell, CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, agreed that the number of sexual offences are substantially higher than yesterday’s figures.

“We believe sexual offences are one of the most under reported areas of crime,” she said.

“Last year, our national help-line received over 7,000 first-time callers which is more than twice as many cases reported to gardaí.

“But we also think that more people are confident to speak out and are able to recognise when a sexual assault happens to them or someone they know.”

Offences

The number of fraud offences recorded by gardaí also rose, by 34.4pc, in the year to June 2019, from 5,405 to 7,265, while drug offences increased by 16.5pc from 17,304 to 20,153.

Meanwhile, the number of burglary and related offences decreased by 9.8pc in the year to June, from 18,416 to 16,617.

Drug offences increased by 16.5pc from 17,304 to 20,153, showing a significant increase.

Meanwhile, the number of incidents of kidnapping and related offences which were recorded rose by 24 cases, according to the statistics.

Irish Independent

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