People need to be taught that non-consensual sex is always rape. That's according to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, which is warning that sex assaults are becoming more violent.
The Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says sexual assault is unacceptable, and added there needs to be more education at every level about consent.
Noeleen Blackwell, CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said they're getting worrying feedback from their therapists. "Young people are lost, they don't know what to do. It is true that the young people we talk to aren't that clear on the boundaries around sexual activity", she said.
The DRCC received more than 13,000 contacts last year, 6000 of those being first time contacts. About 41 per cent was related to rape, and another 41 per cent was about child sexual abuse.
The annual report also shows that of the 293 people who attended therapy in the Rape Crisis Centre, just over one in four reported their case to the gardaí.