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RCNI at Oireachtas Justice Committee – State’s justice response to sexual violence crime can serve victims better February 2014

Rape Crisis Network welcomes Judicial Education in sexual violence cases as reassuring for victims of rape

Fiona Neary, RCNI Executive Director today said: “We very much welcome that the judiciary in Ireland have ongoing judicial education which includes both legal and personal issues around rape and sexual assault. The information today from the Courts Service is reassuring for any victim of sexual violence considering whether or not to report.” “Uneven sentencing […]

Role of Alcohol in Sexual Violence

This table featured in Dr. Antonia Abbey‘s presentation for the launch of ‘Young People, Alcohol and Sex: What’s consent got to do with it?’. It compares how alcohol affects victims and perpetrators before, during and after a sexual assault.

Young people and sexual violence: Government failing to prevent rape and sexual violence while alcohol gets offenders off the hook.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald this morning (28th Jan 2014) launches new Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) research on Young People, Alcohol and Sex, undertaken by Pádraig MacNeela and his research team in NUI Galway. Fiona Neary, RCNI Executive Director said, ‘This report tells us that without Government action rapes that can […]

We could do worse than listen to what Beyonce has to say about sexuality

TIME to stop being coy in this age about the age of consent? Beyoncé’s new ‘visual’ album is, it has to be said, filthy. In a year that saw many public discussions on culture, sexually objectifying imagery, and sexual violence, it is fitting that the year ended with the release of this album. In the […]

RCNI welcome strong sentence for rapist Liam Adams

RCNI today welcomed the strong 16 year sentence and additional 2 years probation that was handed down to Liam Adams today in Laganside Crown court following his conviction for 10 counts of rape and indecent assault on his daughter. Fiona Neary RCNI Director said, “Áine Adams has spent decades holding firm to the truth about […]

RCNI commend USI decision to break links with alcohol industry’s Drinkaware promotion as announced today

RCNI commend USI decision to break links with alcohol industry’s Drinkaware promotion as announced today. Fiona Neary, RCNI Director said, ‘The promotion of alcohol consumption by drinkaware was rightly recognised by the Union of Students in Ireland as a normalising influence which strongly targets young people. USI’s leadership in this area is vital given the […]

Column: Why is only sexual abuse involving physical violence deemed ‘real’?

Former newspaper tycoon Eddy Shah’s has claimed some underage girls are to blame for their own sexual abuse, highlighting the persistence of the ‘she was asking for it’ narrative, writes Clíona Saidléar. CHILDREN WILL BE children, especially teenagers it seems, and what is an older, powerful man to do if they will throw themselves at […]