Friday 22 September 2017

Offenders' testimonies difficult to absorb - but they offer critical insights

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

THE only thing more frightening than the prevalence of sexual violence in Ireland is the near blanket impunity for those who perpetrate it.

The landmark Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland Report (SAVI) showed that 42pc of Irish women and 28pc of Irish men reported some form of sexual abuse or assault in their lifetime.

Almost a third of Irish women and more than one in five men experiences sexual abuse in their childhood, with more than a quarter of women and more than one in 10 men experiencing sexual abuse in adulthood.

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