Entries by Comms

RCNI release new report: Asylum seekers & refugees surviving on hold

October 28th 2014 Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) release new report: “Asylum seekers and refugees surviving on hold, sexual violence disclosed to Rape Crisis Centres in 2012.” • “significant reforms urgently necessary in Direct Provision system” • “many survivors of sexual violence seeking asylum in Ireland…… have not found a haven” Judge Catherine McGuinness officially […]

RCNI welcome Oireachtas Committee report on Domestic and sexual violence

Rape Crisis Network Ireland today welcome the launch of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality Report on its hearings into Sexual and Domestic Violence which makes a number of important recommendations. Clíona Saidléar, RCNI acting Director said, ‘the committee’s recommendation that the justice and support response to sexual violence should be specialised […]

Failure of Government Strategy and the Sexual Violence Crisis

In 2014 six years of cumulative cuts of up to 30% saw the temporary closure of services by one of Ireland’s largest rape crisis centres. Yet six years of cuts and public funding shrinking has been accompanied by a very significant rise in demand on services nationwide – with a 28% increase in clients accessing […]

Innovative new sex education programme -REAL U- fills education gaps, new study shows

* Innovative new sex education programme fills education gap, new study shows * REAL U Programme developed by Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth organisation, delivered to more than 10,500 teenagers nationwide * HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme funds national roll out * Launch of REAL U research findings alongside HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme’s re-developed B4uDecide.ie website   […]

Column: Policy needed on sexually harmful behaviour in schools

RCNI call on the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, to make 2015 the year that schools became environments free from sexual violence. The journey from the moment of a sexual assault to the moment of confiding in someone who can support you is always a journey taken alone by every victim. But it […]

Senator Mullen Must Clarify Recent Comments

RCNI calls on Senator Mullen for clarification of his recent comments on charitable donations and pro-choice support. Senator Ronan Mullen is cited in the Galway Independent 10/9/2014 as stating that the recent St Vincent De Paul allocation of funding to an LGBT group is ‘unwise’. Mr Mullen stated that ‘times were hard for a great […]

Rape Victim Denied Termination

Rape Crisis Network Ireland today expressed deep concern at the trauma inflicted on the rape victim, who was pregnant after rape and sought a termination at eight weeks – and after delay upon delay resorted to hunger strike. RCNI are concerned that her human rights were effectively denied and call for immediate government action. Fiona […]

State Must Respect Survivor’s Right to Consent

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) asks that the state makes every effort to engage with and consult survivors before making the decision to keep their confidential Ryan Commission and Institutional Redress board witness statements.   Fiona Neary, RCNI Director said, ‘People’s consent to changes in the terms under which they gave their witness statements must […]

Rape Crisis Midwest

RCNI call for action as Rape Crisis Centre serving three counties in Ireland closes for a month due to lack of funding   RCNI call for action from An Taoiseach, the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, as Rape Crisis Midwest today announced it is forced to close for a […]