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What kind of message does it send to the victims of these kinds of pervasive, yet seriously underreported, sexually-based offences when a young woman, who endures the trauma of an eight-day trial, sees her attacker handed a six-month sentence from a maximum possible penalty of 10 years? The malign impact on members of her family, who have publicly denounced Monday’s sentence, and the local community, some of whom have expressed their fear of walking alone in the area of the attack, must also be considered.
Man sexually assaults woman; gets six and a half years of his sentence suspended and a €75K fine that the victim never asked for. Oh, Ireland.