New RCNI Child Sexual Violence report findings call for new responses in Child Protection

Minister Frances Fitzgerald today launched a RCNI ground breaking report ‘Hearing Child Survivors of Sexual Violence: Towards a National Response’. This report provides new data which can reduce child sexual violence crimes and protect vulnerable children more effectively.  It provides a better understanding of risk and vulnerability to sexual violence, confirming that sexual crimes differ […]

Following today’s news of a young female student reporting an alleged rape to the Gardai, USI and RCNI want to remind people never to be afraid to report incidents to the Gardai

Following today’s news of a young female student reporting an alleged rape to the Gardai, USI (Union of Students in Ireland) and the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) want to remind people never to be afraid to report incidents to the Gardai, no matter what the circumstances. Denise McCarthy Deputy President/VP Welfare USI said: “Having sex with someone who […]

RCNI urge anyone concerned about a neighbour to work with Gardaí

RCNI today, following the incident in Athlone of the abduction and suspected sexual assault of 2 children aged 6 and 9, urges anyone, should they have any concerns about the behaviour or activity of someone living in their neighbourhood, to work with the Gardaí. Fiona Neary, RCNI director said, ‘child abduction is traumatic both for […]

This ‘Arthur’s day’ Rape Crisis Network Ireland call on the government to take action to prevent rape by implementing the recommendations of the National Substance Misuse Strategy report

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI), has today called for the government to stand up to vested interests in the alcohol industry and  prevent rape crimes by implementing the recommendations on combating alcohol harm in our society. Since 2009 Ireland has had clear evidence of the levels of alcohol involvement in sexual violence, with over 76 […]

RCNI ask for a response as delay is signaled in the extension of the DPP’s Reasons Project to rape victims

Rape Crisis Network Ireland call on the Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, to reassure rape victims and respond to statements in the Office of the DPP Annual Report 2012, which signals a very lengthy delay to  any expansion of the giving reasons for non-prosecution project, including to victims of rape. Executive Director Fiona Neary said ‘We […]

Rape Crisis Network Ireland today released new data on Under 18’s and pregnancy following rape

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) has today released data on Under 18’s and pregnancy following rape, compiled using information collected by 15 Rape Crisis Centres on the RCNI database in 2011. Executive Director Fiona Neary stated: ‘Examination of our national data shows that in 2011 40 females who attended a rape crisis centre reported that […]

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) Press Release

RCNI call for all party support to protect child victims of sexual violence from unnecessary and potentially devastating harm in our courts. As a long time advocate of victims’ rights, RCNI calls on Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, TD, to include the proposed amendment to the Courts Bill proposed by Senator Van Turnhout, […]

Group Letter: Protecting Child Abuse Victims in Justice System

A chara, We, the undersigned, call on Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter, TD and all Oireachtas members to support amending the Courts Bill 2013 to regulate the admission of the counselling notes of the child witness in a sexual violence criminal case. A current gap in our law means that parents of child […]

RCNI Launch Governance Resource Pack for Rape Crisis Centre Board Members

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) are delighted to announce that Ms Norah Gibbons, Chair Designate of the Child & Family Agency, today in Galway launched, The Rape Crisis Centre Governance Resource Pack, a new training resource which has been rolled out for Rape Crisis Centre (RCC) Board Members nationwide. Speaking at the launch, Ms Gibbons said, ‘this […]