Thursday 21 September 2017

Rape sentences must encourage victims to break their silence

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

Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop

Intimate partner sexual violence is possibly the most difficult crime to prosecute, particularly when you have only one person's word against another's.

It is one person making the very serious accusation of having been raped and one person denying the accusation.

There are no visible scars, no black eyes. However, we know that most violent sexual crimes are perpetrated by someone known to the victim.

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