Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Knocklyon walking group Deirdre O'Donovan via Twitter
Knocklyon

'There has been a sense of fear' - Dublin women get together after recent spate of attacks

Two assaults on women took place in the Knocklyon area in late June.

WOMEN IN KNOCKLYON, Dublin gathered together last night for a walk to “take back the streets” where a spate of attacks occurred in recent weeks.

Local councillor Deirdre O’Donovan has set up a ‘Knocklyon Walkers’ group to help women get together to walk in numbers rather than alone.

“We have an entire community of women who say they wouldn’t go out walking on their own [following the attacks]. There has been an incredible sense of fear,” O’Donovan told TheJournal.ie.

Two assaults on women took place in the Knocklyon in late June.

One woman in her 50s was attacked while she was out walking on Stocking Lane, Knocklyon on 18 June.

She was approached by a man who assaulted her and left with a number of injuries. She was taken to Tallaght Hospital for treatment.

A similar attack happened to another woman in her 50s on Stocking Well Row, on 17 June.

Solidarity

Last night, the group gathered together for the first time and walked the route where the assaults took place.

O’Donovan said that even though no attacks have taken place in over three weeks, there is still a sense of apprehension in the area.

“A lot of women who were there last night said they haven’t been out and they won’t go out on their own. It’s completely unacceptable that you would have the female community afraid to go out alone,” she said.

The Facebook page will now be used for women who want to go for a walk to ask for a partner to come along with them.

“We set up the Facebook page, Knocklyon Walkers, so that if there are women who don’t want to go out for walks on their own, they can post on the page and ask if there is anyone else around to go for a walk.

If we all get together and continue to get together we can take back the streets. We can be empowered again to get back out into the community and continue with our lives.

Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart was also in attendance at the walk.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Lahart said:

“It’s three weeks or so since the assaults took place and it was fair to develop a sense of community in response, to illustrate to the Gardaí the need for increased local patrolling, which has been taking place.”

Gardaí have confirmed that both assaults remain under investigation and no arrests have been made as of yet.

Read: Two women in their 50s assaulted in separate attacks in Rathfarnham last weekend

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
24
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.