Sexual assault involves engaging in sexual contact without consent, or with coercion. Sexual assault can take many forms and affect people of all ages and genders. A sexual assault may be violent or coercive, a single discrete event or part of an ongoing campaign of harassment.
If you have been sexually assaulted, it wasn’t your fault. Sexual assault is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens.
In the immediate aftermath of an assault, victims can visit a Sexual Assault Treatment Unit for a forensic exam and additional healthcare. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The Gardaí operate a dedicated phone line for purpose of reporting child sexual abuse: 1800 555 22.
Being a victim of sexual assault is highly traumatizing and there are many supports available to help you or your loved one through the aftermath. You can visit our Support Services page to find a service near you or ring the Crime Victims Helpline at 116 006 for assistance in finding the right service for you.
The Crime Victims Helpline is a listening and support service for victims of crime in Ireland. We provide time and space for victims to talk about their experiences. We also answer questions about the criminal justice system and help victims understand their rights.
If you or a friend or family member has been impacted by crime, there are a number of organisation in Ireland who can help.