The Central Statistics Office in Ireland released statistics and data on recorded crime figures for the first time in around three years. These figures relate to the 2018 reporting year. The figures released show that only 1 in 10 reported sexual offences actually lead to a criminal charge being made.
New definitions as to certain issues such as detection have lead to the figures being hard to cross reference against earlier years.
The difficulties in investigating historic matters even when there are records available was highlighted when the Ryan Commission (the Commission of Inquiry created to investigate historic abuse in Irish residential institutions) accepted that the figures they quoted in its final report were inaccurate. .
The Ryan Commission had previously reported that around 170,000 children had been placed in the institutions investigated by it. In a statement on the commission’s website on 25 November 2019, Mr Justice Séan Ryan, the Chair of the Commission, confirmed that the report published in 2009 contained erroneous information on the numbers cited.
We have already reviewed the contents and emerging themes of IICSA’s, recently published, interim report. One particular point it made in relation to professional and political issues was the improvement that could be made by leaders in government and other institutions working with children in relation to protecting children, preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. Continue reading