By MICHELLE BRADYThe Irish Times: 5 April 2016, 12:24:07When did we start having sex in public places?
In this article, we are going to look at the first few months of 2016.
In the last few years, we have seen a marked increase in public sex, with sex more common on the streets and more often being in public.
This year, we saw an increase in the number of sex acts reported in public, with the majority of these occurring in private places.
We are also seeing an increase of incidents in public toilets, with women and girls being more likely to be found in public stalls or changing rooms.
We know that this is not only happening in Ireland but in the wider world, and it is part of an overall trend of increasing sexual harassment, sexual violence and misogyny.
Public sex, or the act of sex with strangers, has also become a bigger concern in recent years.
In 2014, we had 1,096 reported cases of public sex offences, an increase from 1,000 in 2013.
In 2016, this number rose to 2,917 cases.
This means that the number is now up to 1,100 per 100,000 population, an alarming rise of 7.6 per cent on the previous year.
We have seen an increase across all age groups, with people in their twenties more likely than those in their thirties to be reporting incidents.
And we also know that men are more likely still to be the target of such behaviour.
It is not surprising that there are fewer people reporting incidents in 2016 than in previous years.
The increase in reported cases is in line with an overall decline in sexual harassment and sexual violence in Ireland over the past two years.
However, there has been a big increase in cases of sexual harassment in public as well.
There has been an increase over the course of the year, and particularly since the end of the 2016 summer holiday season.
We also know there has also been a noticeable increase in incidents of sexual violence.
These include sexual assault and stalking.
In 2016, there were 7,037 incidents of serious sexual assault.
This is an increase on 7,030 incidents in 2015 and 7,085 in 2014.
This year there are now 8,543 reported incidents of this kind of sexual assault, an 80 per cent increase on 2015 and 819 in 2014 (the figures are not published by police for public safety reasons).
The number of reported incidents has also increased in Dublin.
In 2015, there was 1,062 incidents.
In 2017 there were 1,724.
This increase in figures reflects an increase between 2015 and 2016 in reported offences of this type, and also includes an increase since the start of 2016 in sexual assaults and stalking (there were 4,935 reported incidents in the first half of the summer holiday period).
These figures are worrying.
They highlight the danger of this growing trend of sexual abuse, as well as the impact of the lack of support from police, social services and other stakeholders in dealing with it.
However it should be stressed that there is no evidence of any increase in sexual assault or stalking over the last two years in Dublin and elsewhere.
There are also concerns that sexual harassment is growing in rural areas.
In Dublin, the number has increased from 1 in 2013 to 1 in 2016.
This is a worrying trend.
In rural areas, where the prevalence of sex work is high, we know that people are becoming increasingly aware of the risks associated with this.
We also know this is becoming a more prevalent problem across rural communities.
The rise in incidents in Dublin also reflects an increased level of victimisation by sexual assault as a result of the introduction of legislation on consent, and the availability of legal services for victims.
However these two factors, together with a general increase in attitudes to women in society, do not appear to be contributing to an increase or decrease in sexual abuse incidents in this year’s figures.
The lack of statistics on sexual harassment or sexual violence against women has also contributed to the lack a clear picture of how prevalent this problem is.
This has been one of the main concerns raised by members of the public in recent months.
However this year, there are some encouraging signs.
In a new survey of 2,000 people conducted by the Irish National Rape Crisis Centre (INRC), almost half of women surveyed said they had experienced some form of sexual or physical violence in their lifetime, and one in six said they did not report it.
The report is part and parcel of the Irish government’s response to the national rape crisis, which has included the creation of a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), which has taken over the policing of sexual offences and has committed to bringing together sexual violence, abuse and harassment in a coordinated, integrated approach.
This new SART team will now focus on supporting women and young people, tackling the stigma and violence around sexual violence across the community, and promoting sexual health and wellbeing.
It will also be focusing on ensuring the right support