Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) Press Release
28th March 2018
RCNI reach out to all survivors and their supporter following the verdict in the Belfast rape trial
The Belfast trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison has had a profound impact. All four were acquitted on all charges after a relatively short period of reflection by the jury.
The verdict notwithstanding we want to acknowledge and respond to the impact on everyone who has followed this trail in the media but particularly for survivors. This has been a protracted sexual crime case with considerable public attention stretching almost daily over almost two months.
We want to say today to survivors of sexual crime that when you need us or are ready to talk about what happened to you we in Rape Crisis will be there for you, we believe you, and we will support you.
We have a range of supports available for both survivors and their supporters.
This includes a free accompaniment service for survivors who wish to report or even have a conversation with a Garda about reporting and if the case does proceed to every court date. Please contact your local rape crisis centre to ask about this service.
Contact details available on www.rapecrisishelp.ie