The persistence of victim-blaming and alarming attitudes about sexual consent are highlighted in a new Eurobarometer poll.

21% of Irish, and 27% of EU respondents, think that having sexual intercourse without consent is OK in certain situations.

A small number of Irish people also thought that walking home alone, wearing certain clothing and going home with someone made intercourse without consent acceptable.

The report was published to mark International Day to End Violence Against Women.

11% of Irish people surveyed said that being drunk or on drugs justifies sex without consent.

9% said that intercourse without consent is justified if a person voluntarily goes home with someone.

9% also said that sexual intercourse without consent is justified if the person is wearing revealing, provocative or sexy clothing.

On attitudes towards violence against women, 23% of Irish people surveyed and 22% of EU respondents believe that women often make up or exaggerate claims of abuse or rape.

18% of those surveyed in Ireland and 17% of EU respondents agreed that violence against women is often provoked by the victim.

However, the survey on gender-based violence also shows that 97% of Irish and 96% of EU respondents think that domestic violence against women is unacceptable.

The survey, which saw 1,002 people interviewed in Ireland, was carried out in June.

Other key findings:

  • 7% of Irish and EU respondents said sexual intercourse without consent is justified if the person is out walking alone at night.
  • 12% of Irish respondents agreed that domestic violence is a private matter and should be handled within the family.

  • 1% of Irish and EU respondents thought sending unwanted sexually illicit emails or messages is not wrong and should not be against the law.

  • 3% of Irish and 5% of EU respondents said that making sexually suggestive comments or "jokes" to a woman in the street is not wrong and should not be against the law.