Monday 5 December 2016

Rape Crisis Network reveals that 25pc of sex attacks occur at home

Published 21/11/2011 | 05:00

ONE in four rapes or sexual attacks last year took place in the family home, new figures have revealed.

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The latest statistics from the Rape Crisis Network also showed that one in three sexual attacks was carried out by a family member or relative.

Most worryingly, almost half of sexual attacks on children were carried out by a family member.

Director Fiona Neary said that most people are at greater risk of rape or sexual violence within their "circle of trust" than they were among strangers.

"Coming into this Christmas season, women in particular will be warned to stay safe when they are out for the festivities. But the reality is that people are at far greater danger from those they already know."

Meanwhile, three in 10 sexual attacks against adults were carried out by partners or ex-partners.

"When we talk about sexual violence, it is time to switch the focus to the actions of the perpetrator.

"Therefore it is essential that we look at our relationships within our circles of trust."

Irish Independent

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