DFI Submission to the Department of Justice and Equality

on the Discussion Paper on Sexual Offences against Vulnerable Persons

DFI is pleased to make a submission to the Department of Justice and Equality regarding the recent Discussion Paper on Sexual Offences against Vulnerable Persons.  The purpose of that paper was to invite views from interested parties on the proposals set out at Appendix 1 of the discussion document to replace section 5 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993 - "Protection of mentally impaired persons".  The law in this area has long been a concern for people with disabilities and mental health concerns, and within the submission DFI lays out our recommendations for changes to the proposed legislation.

The submission is available as submitted to the Department, and also in an accessible easy-to-read format below.

The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) represents the interests and the expectations of people with disabilities to be fully included in Irish society.  It comprises organisations that represent and support people with disabilities and disabling conditions.

The vision of DFI is that Irish society is fully inclusive of people with disabilities and disabling conditions so that they can exercise their full civil, economic, social, and human rights and are enabled to reach their full potential in life.  DFI’s mission is to act as an advocate for the full and equal inclusion of people with disabilities and disabling conditions in all aspects of their lives.

There are over 120 organisations within membership, or as associates, of DFI.  DFI also works with a growing number of organisations and groups around the country that have a significant disability interest, mainly from the statutory and voluntary sectors.  DFI provides information, training and support, networking, advocacy and representation, research and policy development / implementation, and organisation and management development.

DFI works on the basis that disability is a societal issue and so works with Government, and across the social and economic strands and interests of society.

Disability Federation of Ireland, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8

Tel: 01-4547978    Fax: 01-4547981

Email: info@disability-federation.ie  Web: www.disability-federation.ie

Disability Federation of Ireland is a company limited by guarantee not having share capital, registered in Dublin. Registered No. 140948, CHY No 6177.

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