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# Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

This year
# ashling murphy
‘We’re turning a big ship’: What has changed in Irish society since Ashling Murphy’s death?
Front-line services have called for greater action on the government’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ strategy
Last year
# Annual Report
Over 7,000 people contacted the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre for the first time in 2021
The line was at its busiest in September and November.
All time
# Helpline
Over 6,000 people contacted the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre for the first time in 2020
People who asked for support were “more anxious and felt more isolated” during the pandemic compared to previous years.
Opinion: Justice delayed really is justice denied in rape trials - this is a big issue in Ireland
Dr Susan Leahy says a consistent delay in the legal process is one of the biggest stumbling blocks when it comes to rape trials
# sexual violence
'It felt safe': Why do people turn to social media to share their experiences of sexual assault?
Post-MeToo, more people are disclosing their sexual violence experiences online – but what issues might this bring up for them and society at large?
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre welcomes move by VISA and Mastercard to block Pornhub payments
Last year, Pornhub attracted 42 billion visits – or 115 million visits per day – to its website.
# Rape Crisis Centre
Calls to rape crisis helpline increase as service warns of drop in funds due to pandemic
Since restrictions were eased there has been a “significant surge in demand” for the DRCC’s services.
# Sexual Offences
'Those who are committing sexual offences aren't being properly held to account'
Only 11% of sexual offences reported last year were detected by gardaí.
# Sexual Offences
'The person can't move on - they are required to remember': Rape survivors 'dropping cases' because of waits for trials
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is calling for pre-recording of some trial evidence in cases.
# Awareness
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says 'more people than ever are disclosing and seeking help'
There were approximately 270 calls every week to the National 24-Hour Freephone Helpline in 2018.
# Rape Crisis Centre
Rape and sexual assault at house parties increasing, crisis centre says
Dublin’s Rape Crisis Centre had almost 13,000 contacts to its national 24-hour helpline in 2017.
# Annual Report
Warning of 'systemic difficulties' in courts system as Rape Crisis Centre handles over 13,000 calls
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s annual report is being published today.
# Sexual Assault
Why Christine Blasey Ford's testimony is both 'extraordinary' and 'typical'
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said a person “may carry out a serious sexual assault without even recognising they have done so”.
# metoo
What would make a person more likely to report sexual harassment? This survey wants to find out
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre wants to hear people’s experiences so it can support other survivors of sexual harassment.
# burden of proof
Would it work here? New law in Iceland means rape accused must prove they had explicit consent
The Department of Justice in Ireland is currently reviewing sexual assault legislation and has been urged to provide greater protection for victims.
When consent is contested, both sides are fighting for a 'win'
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, while accepting the verdict of the Belfast jury, is concerned about how all parties are treated in such cases and how it can deter reporting sexual violence.
# Sexual Abuse
Two in five calls to Dublin Rape Crisis Centre in 2016 related to childhood abuse
Almost half, or 46% of people who contacted the centre, were abused by someone they knew.
# Dublin
DNA screening of taxi drivers in rape case 'welcome as long as a balanced approach is taken'
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has welcomed the garda initiative which aims to solve the 2015 case.
# Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
Calls for legislation on definition of consent following Supreme Court ruling in rape case
It found that an honest belief of consent would be a good defence for an accused, even if the belief is unreasonable.
# chaos and uncertainty
Homeless crisis: Rise in calls to rape helpline from people who have lost their homes
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is reporting a marked increase in contacts from people who have been rendered homeless.
# Consent
'Having sex is a fabulous thing, but in the right environment, with the right person'
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop talks about her life, her work, consent and why she’s running for the Seanad.
# ask consent
"You asked her if she wanted to have sex, right?": A stark message for students
This comes as part of a joint initiative launched by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.
# sexual violence
Two out of every three victims of rape won't report it to the authorities - why?
“There’s no grey area in the law.”
# isis
Rape Crisis Centre website hacked by 'Islamic State'
It is unclear if the group is connected to ISIS.
# Exploitation
Bill to fight child grooming introduced to prevent 'Irish Rotherham'
Cross-party support is being sought to pass the bill.
# Support
Sexual abuse victim: 'We can't fix another's pain, only witness it. Thank you for being my witness.'
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is currently recruiting for volunteers.
# Support
'Coming forward as a victim of rape is very difficult as it triggers shame and blame'
What services does the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre offer and who avails of them?
# Helpline
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre reports 'disturbing increase' of sexual violence
The organisation said that 48% of clients were victims of childhood sexual abuse.
# Rape
Partners or exes responsible for one quarter of sex attacks on women
Despite the prevalence of these attacks, there has been just one marital rape conviction in nearly a quarter of a century.
# Sexual Abuse
One in five women experience unwanted sexual conduct, but just 3 per cent report it
LGBT students are more likely to have been victims of unwanted sexual experiences, a new study has found.
# Electric Picnic
Tips: How to stay safe at Electric Picnic
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and have released their tips for staying safe.
# Helpline
“You’re the only one who’s fully there for them” – Volunteering with the Rape Crisis Centre
In an interview with, volunteer co-ordinator Mairead Mallon says that they are looking at how to involve more men in the volunteering process.
# Abortion
Billboard company discontinues Youth Defence campaign after Rape Crisis Centre incident
Mobile advertising company AdMobile says that the parking of an anti-abortion message opposite a rape support headquarters was an ‘innocent error’.
# Rape
Victim devastated as man who raped her when she was 14 ‘walks free’
A man was a given a suspended sentence last week after being found guilty of raping his wife’s sister when she was 14.
# Fiona Doyle
DPP to appeal Patrick O'Brien sentence
Fiona Doyle said today that she may also pursue her mother in the courts.
# Rape Crisis
Rape helpline to see increased calls over Christmas
There were 1,834 calls to the national 24 hour helpline for rape and sexual abuse during the 2011 festive season.
# Courts
Judges 'need guidelines' for sexual assault sentencing
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said today that giving a man found guilty of sexual assault a fine and a suspended sentence “doesn’t give out a good message”.
# Rape
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre took almost 12,000 calls last year
The centre has also experienced an increase in the number of callers looking for help because of childhood sexual abuse.
# Courts
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre welcomes appeal of Anthony Lyons sentence
It was announced today that the DPP is to appeal the sentence given to Lyons, who was convicted of sexually attacking a woman in Dublin.
# Courts
‘Unusual sentence’ for sex offender raises doubts about system’s fairness
Anthony Lyons had five-and-a-half years of his six-year sentence suspended after being found guilty of sexually attacking a woman in Dublin two years ago.