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Republic of Ireland Statistics

The Scale of the problem

In Childhood

Girls: One in five (20.4%) of women report sexual contact in childhood with a further one in ten (10%) reporting non-contact sexual abuse.

In over a quarter of cases of contact sexual abuse (i.e. 5.6% of all girls) the abuse involved penetration, either vaginal, anal or oral sex.

Boys: One in six men (16.2%) reported experiencing contact sexual abuse in childhood with a further one in fourteen (7.4%) reporting non-contact sexual abuse. In one in every six cases of contact sexual abuse (i.e. 2.7% of all boys) the abuse involved penetrative sex either anal or oral sex.

Summary:

27 % of all Irish children, one in four, have experienced sexual abuse before the age of 17.

4.15% of all Irish children, almost one in 20, have been raped as children.

In Adulthood

Women: One in five women (20.4%) reported experiencing contact sexual assault as adults with a further one in twenty (5.1%) reporting unwanted non-contact abuse in adulthood. Over a quarter of cases of contact sexual assault (i.e. 6.1 % of all women) involved penetrative sex.

Men: One in ten men (9.7%) reported experiencing sexual assaults as adults with a further 2.7% reporting unwanted non-contact sexual experiences. One in ten cases of contact abuse in adulthood (i.e. 0.9% of all men) involved penetrative sex.

Summary:

21.25% of all Irish adults, one in five, reported sexual assaults as adults.

3.5% of all Irish adults one in 28 have been raped as adults.

Lifetime Experience:

35% of all Irish women and men, one in three, have experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.

13% of all Irish women and men, one in eight, have been raped at some point in their lifetime.

19.5% of all women and men, one in five, have been subject to an attempted rape at some point in their lifetime.

Disclosure

47% of those who disclosed experiences of sexual violence as past or the SAVI research had never told anyone about their experiences of abuse.

60% of all young men, i.e. under age 30, had not previously disclosed the sexual abuse they experienced in childhood.

Only 1% of all men and 7.8% of all women who have experienced sexual violence as adults have reported such abuse to the Gardai. This means that 95.7% of all sexual assaults of adults go unreported to the Gardai.

Only 8% of all cases of sexual abuse in childhood are reported to the Gardai.

Reasons for non-disclosure:

Over 30% of men and 25 5 of women stated that they felt too ashamed or embarrassed to report sexual abuse in childhood.

All statistics sourced from The SAVI Report, Dublin Rape Crisis and The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2002.

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