Wednesday 17 January 2018

Two-thirds of rapes not reported

LESS than one-third of rapes are reported to gardai and just one in 20 are tried in court, according to new figures, writes Breda Heffernan.

In a survey of 289 clients at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) in 2009, just 81 had reported the attack to gardai. Adult victims of rape and sexual assault were more likely to report it, with just over 44pc of them going to the authorities.

However, child sexual abuse is still less likely to be reported with only 14.5pc of victims going to gardai.

Of five cases tried in court, four resulted in convictions and one accused was acquitted.

DRCC chief executive Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop said victims must report assaults.

She said: "Unfortunately there is a high attrition rate between reporting and getting to court, that's why the conviction rate is so terribly small overall."

Victims can contact the DRCC on its 24-hour helpline, 1800 778888.

Irish Independent

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