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A survey carried out by Newstalk has released results stating that half of Irish people would not report rape to the Gardaí if they knew it happened to someone else.

Newstalk’s Women in Ireland Survey shows that while eight out of ten people would report a rape if it was committed against them, when it came to somebody else the reports shifted entirely.

Red C conducted the survey for Newstalk in order to examine sexual violence in the country, and it found that women were significantly less likely to report an incident of rape of someone other than themselves. 

Only four out of ten women said they would report an incident, and six out of ten men, meaning that women are more likely to remain quiet about sexual violence occurring to a friend, acquaintance, family member, or even a stranger.

The survey also found that twice as many women as men have experienced gender discrimination, and three quarters of people would report sexual harassment at work.

The Women in Ireland survey enquired about if participants would report other sexual assault incidences such as groping, indecent exposure, sexual harassment at work or non-consensual touching.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Apparently, three quarters of people would report indecent exposure or sexual harassment while at work, and two thirds of people would give a statement regarding groping to An Garda Síochána.

Regarding discrimination, twice as many women as men said they have experienced prejudicial treatment with younger people.

Interestingly, people who are living in Dublin are evidently more likely to have experienced gender discrimination in their lives.

Overall, the report shows troubling responses from our country, which has had two major rape trial controversies in the last year alone which have shed light on the worrying ways in which our justice system treats sexual assault victims.

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George Hook will return to Newstalk's schedule this Saturday following a four month suspension.

The broadcaster was temporarily removed from the station's line-up after controversial comments he made about the rape case of a 19-year-old woman in the UK caused huge public backlash.

During a live discussion, the presenter suggested that women who drink to excess leave themselves vulnerable to sexual assault, and should ultimately shoulder some responsibility if they come to harm.

The highly insensitive remarks sparked outrage among listeners and women's groups, including the National Women's Council of Ireland.

At the time, Newstalk issued a statement confirming that George would step down from his role as lunchtime presenter, though they did confirm that we would return at a later stage with a new weekend slot.

The new show, called Hook's Saturday Sit-in, will broadcast every Saturday morning from 8am-10am and will feature interviews and reviews on a wide range of topics, as well as regular items on travel, music and US politics.

The news comes as the station announces it's new weekend line-up which will see a number of new presenters take to the airwaves.

Speaking about the weekend schedule, Chris Doyle from Newstalk said, “We are delighted to announce this exciting new line-up and, in particular, to welcome these new presenters to our weekend schedule, each of whom has proved extremely popular with our audiences, contributing across a range of shows over the past few years."

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Newstalk have released a statement confirming that George Hook will be returning to the radio station later this year. 

The statement also said that Mr Hook will be stepping down from his lunchtime slot permanently, and that a replacement will soon be announced. 

'Newstalk has now concluded the process which reviewed the circumstances that led to George Hook’s comments on rape recently.'  

'The station confirms that George Hook will be stepping down from his lunchtime slot.'

'He will return to the station in December 2017 when he will take on a new weekend show.'

'Newstalk will shortly be announcing a replacement for the lunchtime show.'

'Newstalk will not be making any further comment on this issue.'

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George Hook has been suspended from Newstalk, it has been confirmed.

The 76-year-old broadcaster has faced ongoing criticism of his comments regarding the rape case of a 19-year-old woman in the UK.

During a live discussion, the presenter suggested that women who drink to excess leave themselves vulnerable to sexual assault, and should ultimately shoulder some responsibility if they come to harm.

In a Twitter statement, the radio outlet said:

'Newstalk can confirm that George Hook has been suspended from his duties at the station.'

'The process re: his comments last week is ongoing.'

George Hook took to Twitter following the backlash to apologise. 

The move has been met with a mixed response on Twitter., 

While the majority are pleased with the news, others think that his apology should be sufficient.  

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An internal investigation has been launched following controversial comments made by radio presenter, George Hook, regarding the rape case of a 19-year-old woman in the UK.

It's been reported that up to 20 members of Newstalk staff have drafted a letter of protest and are calling for  him to be taken off air, though it's believed it was not formally handed to management.

During a live discussion, the presenter suggested that women who drink to excess leave themselves vulnerable to sexual assault, and should ultimately shoulder some responsibility if they come to harm.

The highly insensitive remarks sparked outrage among listeners and women's groups, including the National Womens Council of Ireland.

The news comes after The Dalata Hotel group pulled it's sponsorship from Hook's High Noon programme.

A spokesman for Newstalk has said that a process to respond to the situation is ongoing.

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Radio presenter, rugby pundit and now, erotic novelist. All in a day’s work for a certain George Hook. Yes, you did read that correctly. Move over E.L James, there’s a new best-selling erotica aficionado in town… almost.

George Hook, 72-year old host of The Right Hook has revealed that he has a large portion of his upcoming erotic novel written, but that it won't be as raunchy as some might expect. 

When asked if it was comparable with the record breaking Fifty Shades trilogy, he said his work will be "more Tolstoy than EL James" adding, "First of all it’s well written – it has full stops, commas, and paragraphs."

The news of George’s fascination with the world of erotic literature came about after a discussion regarding fan fiction on his radio show last week. A fan of The Good Wife, George joked he would love to collaborate with his guest on an erotic fan fiction inspired by the show.

“The Further Adventures of Kalinda. I can describe her, the thigh high boots, the six inch heels, the fact that she is of a rather voracious sexual nature.”

Sounds charming.  His latest foray into the writing world contains a slightly more original tale of a young Polish girl “despoiled” by German soldiers during World War II. But could you imagine the audiobook?

This is not the first time George has tried to charm his way into the world of erotic fiction. In 2007 he had written ten chapters of a chick-lit book. Unfortunately for us all, it was rejected by publishers.

The book followed a blonde heroine who had “screwed her way across Ireland,” and somehow found herself brain damaged and sent to the Middle East.

“She’s gorgeous, she’s clever, tough as nails, with a wonderful chest. She’s the kind of woman I’ve always wanted to fall in love with.”

Sounds like George may have been planning for a film adaptation starring his celebrity crush Pamela Anderson. George has been crushing on the former Baywatch babe for quite some time now.

There’s no official dates coming in as of yet regarding the publication of George’s great masterpiece, so we have some time to ready ourselves. 

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