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# Harassment

Last month
November 2023
Stalking is now a standalone offence and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison
A range of new criminal offences, as well as tougher sentences for existing offences, come into effect from today.
This year
Popstar Lizzo accused of harassment in backup dancers' lawsuit
The suit filed in Los Angeles accuses Lizzo as well as other defendants of various violations of California labor law
Less than half of stalking victims report incidents to Gardaí
Many members of the study had a general lack of trust in An Garda Síochána regarding gender-based violence or a fear that they would not be believed.
Vast majority of LGBTQ+ young people exposed to 'dramatic increase' in hateful content online
Europe saw the ‘deadliest rise in anti-LGBTI+ violence in over a decade’ in 2022.
'It's relentless': The toll of online abuse on community groups supporting asylum seekers
A report by
Jane Moore
One local activist told The Journal that some of what is being said is “intimidation and just outright lies”.
US actor pleads guilty to harassment of Irish doctor he met when she was on a J1 20 years ago
A bail hearing was told Steven Spenneberg constantly sent unwanted gifts and messages declaring his love to the woman he had last seen in 2004.
Anne Rabbitte says she considered quitting politics after excrement thrown at her at meeting
Rabbitte said that she had been limiting public appearances since the incident at a meeting in her constituency in Gort.
Soc Dems TD Holly Cairns tells of stalker appearing at her house and sending sexual messages
Cairns said that she had briefly considered if she wanted to continue in politics due to the pornographic messages she was receiving.
Last year
Girl takes High Court action against primary school over alleged failure to stop harassment from male student
The action follows concern for the girl’s safety on the school premises.
Man gets suspended sentence after sending sexually explicit videos to Fine Gael TD
The TD had safety concerns, particularly as she was meeting with members of the public during an election campaign
Hospitals recorded hundreds each of violent incidents by patients in 2021 alone
Galway University Hospitals said that only serious incidents were recorded because incidents of abuse and harassment are so “frequent”.
Ex-Fianna Fáil councillor charged with harassing a woman
O’Donovan, who is also the son of a former TD, must remain out of Cork city centre except for medical or legal appointments.
Dublin teen spared sentence for online harassment of BBC journalist
The teenage boy harassed BBC News Northern Ireland’s Aileen Moynagh and several RTÉ journalists.
Sexual harassment case by Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh against RTÉ postponed until September
The Nationwide presenter is alleging she was sexually harassed, victimised and isolated at the national broadcaster.
Man who secretly filmed his ex-partner is spared jail
Sean Kershaw was given a three-year suspended jail term.
Court hears how woman harassed a former Sinn Féin TD
The accused sent thousands of emails to former Cork North Central Sinn Fein TD Jonathan O’Brien.
Fine Gael TD filled with a 'cold sense of dread' after receiving pornographic material
43-year-old Gerard Culhane pleaded guilty to sending Jennifer Carroll MacNeill videos of a man masturbating.
Zoom lecture on violence against women in Ireland disrupted by sexist abuse and pornography
Lecturer Dr Mary McAuliffe said she was labelled a ‘bitch’ and a ‘c**t’ by individuals who crashed the event.
All time
Most arts employees have witnessed or experienced "damaging behaviour" at work
Minister Catherine Martin says it’s unacceptable that perpetrators are often those with positions of authority.
Stalking is not a specific crime and victims say 'harassment' does not cover it
Stalking Ireland has worked with Fianna Fáil’s Lisa Chambers on the bill.
Defence Forces 'commends bravery' of female members who came forward to make harassment complaints
The terms of reference of an independent review into harassment and bullying in the Defence Forces are due to be finalised this week.
Judge slams ‘yob’ who put England's chief medical officer in a headlock
Lewis Hughes, 24, from Romford in Essex, has pleaded guilty to assaulting Professor Chris Whitty.
Current aide accuses Governor Cuomo of sexual harassment
Ms McGrath did not accuse the governor of inappropriate touching.
Sixth woman accuses New York governor Andrew Cuomo of harassment
The 63-year-old Democrat has stuck to his guns, ruling out resignation once more.
President Higgins signs legislation criminalising distribution of intimate images without consent into law
The Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017 covers a wide range of offences.
Bullying and harassment survey to be carried out at higher education institutions
Colleges will be required to report annual bullying and sexual harassment statistics.
Catering firm ordered to pay €3,500 to worker over boss's boxer shorts photo
The woman resigned from the company after finding the images “quite disgusting and most upsetting”.
Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin says UCD policies on harassment need to be victim-centred
Dr Ní Shúilleabháin revealed last weekend that she had been subjected to regular harassment by a professor at UCD.
Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin receives apology from UCD over sexual harassment from colleague
The broadcaster and lecturer was harassed by a colleague at the university for two years.
Three Ellen producers 'part ways' with show over 'toxic workplace' claims
Ellen DeGeneres announced the changes to staff in a Zoom call.
'We need to cop on': Harris says government is committed to changing sexual assault laws
Simon Harris will meet with the National Women’s Council’s advisory committee on ending sexual violence later today.
Gay man described as 'f****t' by colleague awarded €27k over being harassed in workplace
The case was brought before the Workplace Relations Commission.
Gardaí concerned about children who 'live online but don't realise the dangers'
The head of the garda cyber crime bureau says under-reporting is a “huge problem” particularly in cases where the victim has been personally compromised.
Landlord who subjected tenant to tirade of foul mouthed racist abuse ordered to pay €15,000
The landlord did not show up for the WRC hearing.
Man who took 12,000 photos of female neighbour without consent to be re-sentenced
Mark Mooney pleaded guilty to harassing his neighbour and was originally convicted last year.
'Called a thick b***h, physically assaulted and sexually harassed every day': Maximum award for worker who suffered relentless campaign
The Workplace Relations Commission condemned the employer for failing to stop the abuse.
Protesters who called British MP Anna Soubry a 'Nazi' given suspended sentences
James Goddard and Brian Phillips pleaded guilty to harassing Soubry.
Over 40% of trainee and intern doctors say they have been bullied or harassed in the workplace
That’s according to a new report by the Medical Council.
Retailer ordered to pay €15k to worker who had her left breast 'patted' by boss at staff meeting
The fashion retailer suspended the manager and he immediately resigned his position.
Ireland set to make revenge porn and 'upskirting' illegal under new legislation
It will also be an offence to send obscene messages using any form of online communications.