Friday 2 December 2016

Rape law needs to be based on clear definition of consent

Dr Susan Leahy

Published 18/09/2015 | 02:30

Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Since consent is the central issue in most rape trials, the lack of clarity surrounding the concept is no doubt a factor in the prosecution difficulties of proof in rape trials and potentially contributes to the low conviction rate for this offence.

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It is thus unsurprising that organisations such as Rape Crisis Centres, along with the Law Reform Commission and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice Defence and Equality, have all called for the introduction of a legislative definition of consent.

At a basic level, the definition of rape is simple: sex without consent is a criminal offence.

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