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 […]
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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 […]
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 (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 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 […]
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 […]
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 (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 […]
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, […]
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 […]