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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Rape Crisis Centre

Last year
Rape crisis centres: Increase in helpline calls compared with pre-pandemic years
A report by
Hayley Halpin
That’s according to the Rape Crisis Network Ireland’s rape crisis statistics 2021 report.
All time
# Rape Crisis Network Ireland
Rape crisis centres: 22% increase in helpline calls as waiting lists rise
More than 13,068 contacts were made to six centres last year.
# 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?
# 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.
# 40 years on
What it was like to set up a rape crisis centre in an Ireland that was 'so punishing of women'
In 1979, when the DRCC was founded, it wasn’t a crime for a man to rape his wife.
# 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.
Our systems are not working to prevent child sexual violence, even after it is reported
Of all reported cases of child sexual violence only 2% end in a conviction. Children whose disclosures don’t result in a criminal conviction still need protection, writes Dr Clíona Saidléar.
# 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.
# protection
'They're on their own': Call for complainants in rape cases to have their own legal counsel
The Minister for Justice has said he will review legal protections offered to complainants.
# rape crisis network
'Our culture blames victims as young as 12': New report on sexual violence in Ireland launched
At the launch of its annual report, the RCNI spoke about consent, abortion and how we judge teenage victims.
# 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.
# karen's story
Health Board knew girl was being sexually abused in her home but didn't tell gardaí
“‘Grace’ is no isolated incident. I know – the same thing happened to me”.
# Rape
Warning of dating app dangers after increase in numbers at sexual assault unit
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said there was a 36% increase in victims being accompanied to the unit in the Rotunda Hospital.
# 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.
# asking for it
Louise O'Neill: "I wanted the reader to finish this book and be absolutely furious"
The Cork author’s book is one of the most talked-about novels of the year.
In Ireland, a man can actually confess to rape and still serve no time in prison
Yesterday Magnus Meyer Hustveit walked free from court after admitting that he had repeatedly raped his former girlfriend when she was unconscious.
# Counselling
There were 25 calls seeking help after a rape every day last year
Over 9,000 contacts were received in 2014.
# Justice
Justice Barry White says he doesn't believe judges need training in rape cases
He retired last Thursday saying it was a “privilege to serve as a judge”.
# staying safe
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has these tips for Leaving Cert students heading out tonight
The helpline is advising students to, “Let your hair down and not your guard”.
# Courts
'We hope courageous Anthony Lyons victim feels she has got justice'
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said it broadly welcomes the re-sentencing of Lyons today.
# Courts
Six-month sentence for Anthony Lyons over sex assault appealed today
The sentence was already found to be unjustly lenient but the appeal has had to be re-heard.
# Courts
Being named is "a big punishment" for man who sexually assaulted teen
“It’s really important to educate people around sentencing,” said Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop of the Rape Crisis Centre.
# Helpline
Over 2,100 people called rape helpline over Christmas 2012
The Rape Crisis Centre is urging men to “not be that guy” this Christmas.
# foetal abnormality
More abortion legislation? Not from this government, says Shatter
The Justice Minister said it was a “great cruelty” that women could not seek a termination in cases of rape.
# Rape stats
40 girls under 18 became pregnant following a rape in 2011
A total of 17 Irish women who became pregnant due to a rape terminated the pregnancy in 2011. Nine were under the age of 18.
# Rape
Rape Crisis Centre draws comparison between Dublin and New Delhi
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, the head of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said more needs to be done to address the ‘escalation’ in the number of rapes in Dublin.
# Legal process
Victims of sexual crimes wait average of three years for attacker's sentencing
A Rape Crisis Network Ireland guide for survivors of sexual violence says it takes an average of 33 months to reach sentencing stage.
# older women
It's "never too late" to address sexual violence
A new service for older women affected by sexual violence has been launched by the Older Women’s Network and Rape Crisis Network Ireland. They say: “You are never too old to start healing from sexual violence”.
# Rape
New figures show outcome of pregnancies as a result of rape
More than half of women who became pregnant after rape went on to parent the child.
# Child Abuse
Irish mothers and wives carry blame too – Catholic priest
A priest from the Ferns Diocese in Wexford claims that mothers and wives matched the failure of the bishops in regard to the cover up of child sexual abuse.
# Child Crime
Rise in number of sexual offences committed by juveniles
A new report into juvenile crime has revealed that 195 sexual offences, including 50 rapes, by under 18-year-olds were dealt with by Gardaí in 2010.