Submission to the Review of Part IV of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017
Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Part IV of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 and the Equality Model it has introduced to Ireland recognises prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation as a form of violence against women. Although NWC believes there has not been sufficient time since the operationalisation of Part IV to assess whether it has fully met its intended aims, it brings Ireland into alignment with progressive social and political values and supports our commitments under the Istanbul Convention and the EU Victim’s Right Directive. Part IV manifests a clear victim-survivor centred position on behalf the State. Based on the best available evidence and the extensive input from specialist frontline NGO experiences, NWC believes Part IV remains fundamental to the protection of women and girls from sexual exploitation and in holding perpetrators of this form of gender-based violence to account.