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System blasted as 'not fit for purpose' as gardai 'overstated sex crime reports by up to 26%'

An Garda Siochana has overstated the number of sex crimes reported in recent years by as much as 26%, it has been reported.

Figures obtained by the Irish Times today show that the true rate of allegations is much lower than previously thought, with figures overestimated in 12 out of 14 years since 2003.

The force has recently come under fire after it was shown to have classified homicides incorrectly.

Another review also found that gardai mistakenly logged the movements of dead people on their Pulse computer system.

The Garda was last year also found to have inaccurately recorded 6.4 million breath tests at one stage.

Today the Irish Times reports that CSO figures, examined and revised like the homicide statistics, show that 1,573 people came forward to report a sexual offence in 2003. The Garda's figure for this period was 1,986.

Overall, the force overestimated reporting by 6%.

Part of the reason for this, according to the CSO, is because the Garda counted repeat allegations against a person on the same accuser as separate cases.

Gardai told the paper that this should be counted as one crime and that they were reforming how they investigate sex crimes.

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today told of its concern over the report.

The organisation said that data collection and analysis around domestic and sexual violence is at a "crisis point" in Ireland.

Orla O’Connor, Director of NWCI, said: "The figures today showing how Gardai have been overstating the number of sex crimes reported by as much as 26% in some years are just the latest in a long line of headlines which show that data collection and analysis around domestic and sexual violence is at crisis point in Ireland.

"NWCI has huge concerns that the number of w omen reporting rape, which was already thought to be as low as 10%, is even lower than previously believed.

"Our criminal justice system is failing to support women, and failing to hold perpetrators to account, because we do not collect or analyse data in an effective manner.

"While the recent headlines surrounding An Garda Siochana and sexual violence and domestic homicide statistics highlights the gaps we have in our knowledge, this is not limited to the Gardai. It is a system wide issue that involves all State services that interact with victims and perpetrators.

"We need our authorities to properly record data, from the police, to the court services and the health services.

"We urgently need our State services - An Garda Siochana, Tusla, the HSE, the Courts Services and the CS - to come together to record data accurately, and importantly to share the data and subsequent analysis.

"Our current system is archaic and not f it for purpose. This knowledge is critical in addressing the high numbers of women who are failed by the system, and the low conviction rates for perpetrators.

"Furthermore, in order to provide a picture of the extent of domestic and sexual violence crimes that occur in Ireland, it is essential that Garda and Courts data identifies all crimes that are carried out in a domestic violence relationship as domestic violence crimes, and that the data collected in these cases include the relationship between perpetrator and victim. It is also essential that data is disaggregated by gender."

Source: Google News

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