Sex assaults jump by 25pc in six years
The number of reported sexual assaults in Ireland has jumped by 25pc in the past six years, according to new statistics.
The figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) compared the number of sexual assaults recorded in Ireland between 2011 and 2016.
It found that some 2,549 sexual assaults were recorded last year alone, compared with 2,014 in 2011.
Noeline Blackwell, of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC), said it was hard to analyse what the rise in numbers meant.
"It is quite hard to tell whether it is a good thing or a bad thing," Ms Blackwell said.
"We know sexual violence is widespread, obviously, but is it getting worse?
"If it is a case that more people are reporting sexual offences then it's a good thing, but if there are more sexual assaults taking place then it's obviously a bad thing."
The DRCC hotline has also seen an upsurge in calls year on year.