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“We can only start to make changes if you tell us what you need”

“RCNI really wants to hear from survivors of sexual violence”, says Dr Michelle Walsh, Clinical Programme Lead

Last week, the tragic circumstances around the death of Sarah Everard in the UK sparked concerns and renewed interest in Domestic, Sexual and Gender based violence throughout Ireland. In an on-line piece on March 15th, Damian Cullen of the Irish Times asked, ‘How safe are women in Ireland? Have you been through experiences of being harassed, assaulted or worse? He asked survivors to share their stories; thirty people outlined their experiences.

RCNI launching first national survey aimed at sexual violence survivors

One year on from lockdown, this survey forms a critical part of a pioneering research and training programme to ensure that counselling on and off-line is working for survivors now.

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) is launching the first national survey aimed at reaching out to survivors of sexual violence and those who are supporting survivors today, to understand more about their experiences of counselling and psychotherapy in a world that has been changed utterly by the pandemic.

Counselling Survivors in an On and Offline World – Date for Your Diary

Date for Your Diary: Thursday January 14th 2021 – 10:30am to 11:30am Join Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) and our very special project co-creator and trainer Dr Jessica Taylor, UK based forensic  psychologist, survivor and author of Why Women Are Blamed for Everything for the launch of our pioneering new training standards programme. Counselling Survivors […]

Rape Crisis Centre’s Services are here to help during Covid-19

We understand that this may a particularly difficult time for sexual violence survivors. Based on the advice of Government with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 16 Rape Crisis Centres nationwide are adjusting to maintain services to clients and other users of their services, while observing best practice to combat infection. Centers are currently providing […]

Oral presentation: Meeting Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence’s needs

Resources The scale of intervention needed to address gender based violence in Ireland is not reflected in resourcing. Domestic Violence alone (not including sexual violence) has been estimated to cost the Irish state €2.2bn annually or 1.16% of 2014 GDP. In 2014 the government provided €20m of funding to domestic and sexual violence services which […]

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 […]