Sexual offences in the Republic of Ireland 2003-2018

In 2018 the number of sexual offences in the Republic of Ireland reached approximately 3.2 thousand, an increase of almost three hundred when compared with the previous year. Between 2003 and 2018, period the number of sexual offences has increased from just under 1.6 thousand offences remained below 2 thousand prior to 2010 before rising in the subsequent years.

Number of police recorded sexual offences in the Republic of Ireland from 2003 to 2018

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2003 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "In 2015, the CSO published a Review of the Quality of Crime Statistics. The CSO then recommenced publishing recorded crime statistics but included caveats in relation to the quality of the underlying data. The new classification statistics Under Reservation has been applied to reflect the fact that there are data quality issues in the underlying sources used to compile these statistics. The statistics Under Reservation categorisation will remain in place until such time as the CSO is satisfied that the level of accuracy and completeness of the underlying data is of sufficient quality."

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