Deirdre Clune
Senator Deirdre Clune

Podcast: Ireland’s action against “plague” of child sexual abuse

Legislation to strengthen the fight against sexual violence and abuse of children has been outlined today by Irish Senator Deirdre Clune.

She promised laws by the end of this year to ensure “the plague of sexual abuse of children is routed out.”

The Cork senator, who is also a member of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, added: “We have had a lot of reports into instances of the institutional abuse of children and they have been very difficult for our society.

“We want to ensure that our children are protected. Guidelines don’t work, so we intend to introduce legislation to put them on a legal footing, so that everybody will be obliged to report suspicion or knowledge of the sexual abuse of children.”

Five minutes with Senator Deirdre Clune

Senator Clune’s comments followed her participation in a debate on the impact of the Council of Europe’s ‘One In Five’ campaign – a Europe-wide movement against the sexual abuse of children.

The campaign takes its name from statistical evidence that some 20 per cent of children are victims of some form of sexual violence.

In July 2010, the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention) entered into force. It is the first international treaty to treat sexual abuse of children as a crime irrespective of where or by whom it is committed.

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