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ga - What is sexual crime?

Sexual Crime includes rape; aggravated sexual assault; sexual assault; defilement of a child; the production, distribution and possession of child pornography; the sexual exploitation of a child; child trafficking and taking a child for purposes of sexual exploitation; soliciting, importuning or meeting a child for the purpose of sexual exploitation; incest; indecent exposure; and attempts to commit any of the foregoing offences. (This definition is provided for guidance but should not be interpreted as being fully exhaustive.)

Sexual crime may be committed by male and female adults and children aged 10 years or more. In the case of a child under 14 years of age who is charged with an offence, no further prosecutions may take place without the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions. It is not necessary that such offences are committed by strangers but it is often more common that they are committed by persons known to the victim, including family members, friends, associates, partners and persons in authority. Children can be particularly vulnerable to such crime and the protection and future welfare of children is of paramount importance in the work of An Garda Síochána.

Sexual crime may occur within heterosexual, lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender relationships. It crosses class, gender, race and religious belief.