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Will You Help One In Four This Christmas?

November 24, 2015
Many wonder why people like me, who were abused as a child, took years to come forward.

Why did it take years to come out and disclose what happened to us?

But when we were being abused we felt we did something wrong. It made us feel dirty. We thought it was our fault.

We couldn't talk about it because we didn't know how to explain, we didn't really know what it was, so we hid it. As a young child you feel guilty about what has happened and you don't want to tell anybody.

Just imagine what it is like for a child who has been sexually abused - they don't know how to tell.

And it's a dirty secret.

So of course it takes years. It is very, very difficult to come out and disclose to somebody.

It is hugely important that we have One In Four – an organisation that helps victims. Please click here now and make a donation today.

You will find skilled and knowledgeable advocates to support you in dealing with the practical aspects of the aftermath of abuse. You’ll find therapists working to protect children through individual, group and family programmes. There is someone there for you.

You are in a very, very difficult time of your life. It's very important to know that you will be believed. That you will be listened to. That you will be supported.

I know it is very difficult to make that phone call. It is equally difficult when somebody at the other end of the line says that they cannot help you today.

This is what’s happening right now. Right now there is a waiting list for therapy at One In Four.

Will you help me change this?

The people in One In Four who offer services to people like me are tremendous. They put their heart and soul in to their work. They give their heart and soul to the people that attend the office. And it is heart-rending to tell somebody who is in dire need of being able to talk to somebody that you can't see them at the moment.

They know the possible effects on the person at the other end of the phone.

Thank you so much for making One In Four possible. I am one of the people who have had a very long road…but I am only one. I am not the only one. There are hundreds of people – thousands – all over the country and I can tell you that without fail before the end of this week there will be many more new calls to One In Four from men and women like you and me.

At Christmas it is especially important that we are all there for each other. And especially important that survivors have a place like One In Four to turn to.

After so many years of being in contact with One In Four it is my privilege to write to you today and ask for your support. Please join me this Christmas in supporting One In Four. Will you make a donation today?

Finally let me finish by saying ‘Thank You’ and ‘Nollaig Shona Duit’. On behalf of One In Four, and on behalf of the men and women that they work with…thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Louise O’Keeffe
on behalf of One In Four Ireland


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One In Four Xmas Cards Now Available!

November 11, 2015


We now have a range of One In Four Xmas cards available for you to buy!

Each card costs €2 with free postage and packaging. All profits from the cards go towards supporting survivors of sexual abuse.

Please have a look in our on-line shop or e-mail if you'd like to purchase off-line or have any questions at all.

Thank you!

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The Governance Code: Principles of Good Governance

November 4, 2015
As of the 14th of October we're delighted to say that One In Four have adopted The Governance Code - a strong measure of how well a charity is run, directed and controlled. Good governance means an organisation has place policies and procedures that will make sure the organisation runs effectively and transparently.
We, the Board, of One In Four commit to:
Principle 1. Leading our organisation. We do this by:
  • Agreeing our vision, purpose and values and making sure that they remain relevant;
  • Developing, resourcing, monitoring and evaluating a plan to make sure that our organisation achieves its stated purpose.
  • Managing, supporting and holding to account staff, volunteers and all who act on behalf of the organisation.
Principle 2. Exercising control over our organisation. We do this by:
  • Identifying and complying with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements;
  • Making sure that there are appropriate internal financial and management controls;
  • Identifying major risks for our organisation and deciding ways of managing the risks.
Principle 3. Being transparent and accountable. We do this by:
  • Identifying those who have a legitimate interest in the work of our organisation (stakeholders) and making sure that there is regular and effective communication with them about our organisation;
  • Responding to stakeholders' questions or views about the work of our organisation and how we run it;.
  • Encouraging and enabling the engagement of those who benefit from our organisation in the planning and decision-making of the organisation.
Principle 4. Working effectively. We do this by:
  • Making sure that our governing body, individual board members, committees, staff and volunteers understand their: role, legal duties, and delegated responsibility for decision-making.
  • Making sure that as a board we exercise our collective responsibility through board meetings that are efficient and effective.
  • Making sure that there is suitable board recruitment, development and retirement processes in place.
Principle 5. Behaving with integrity. We do this by:
  • Being honest, fair and independent;
  • Understanding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalties;
  • Protecting and promoting our organisation's reputation.
  • We confirm that our organisation is committed to the standards outlined in these principles. We commit to reviewing our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle every year.
Jane Pillinger
Chairperson of Board
Donal Cronin
Secretary of the Board

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Messages From Mercy

October 27, 2015

You've probably seen our recent 'Messages of Support' campaign. Well we're delighted that Students of Mercy Secondary School in Waterford have been adding their voices.
“Our students were thrilled to be a part of such positive action. In the Mercy, we hope our graduates are defined by 'who' they are. It is through action such as this that they will develop in to great women who'll make a big difference.”
“A project like this contributes to their holistic education, opening their eyes to the world around them, developing a social conscience, a sense of justice and civic responsibility.”
It’s wonderful to see young people talking about a subject where so many adults struggle. By talking about sexual abuse we can begin to reduce the stigma attached.
This campaign is getting adults and students talking, as well as sending a positive message to our visitors, clients, staff and volunteers. It’s also helping us raise badly needed funds to reduce the waiting list for our services.
Thank you!

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These Walls Can Talk

October 8, 2015

If you would like help more survivors of sexual abuse there are several ways to make a donation to One In Four:

You can provide One In Four with a regular and reliable doantion by signing up to donate monthly through MyCharity here.
You can make a secure donation on-line here.
Cheques can be made payable to One In Four Ireland and either posted or handed in to our office at 2 Holles Street, Dublin 2.
Cash donations can be made at our offices. There are envelopes available at reception.
Bank Transfer
IBAN: IE21 BOFI 9014 9091 5014 67
Sort code: 90-14-90
Account no: 91501467
SMS from your Mobile
TEXT GIFT to 57800 to donate €2.50.


Texts cost €2.50 per SMS. A minimum of €1.38 from each text will go to One in Four. Service Provider Phonovation Ltd. Helpline 0818217100


In 2011, the iconic building that housed St Joseph's School for Deaf Boys in Cabra for over 150 years was demolished. The news of its demise split the Irish Deaf community. Many mourned the loss of a building that represented years of Deaf history. It was a place where thousands of Deaf boys from every corner of Ireland and beyond were offered an education, a language - Irish Sign Language - a community and in many cases a trade, such as tailoring or shoe-making that gave them a chance to succeed in life. Others rejoiced that it would no longer stand as a reminder of the terrible abuse that was perpetrated there against some of the most vulnerable children in our society.



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