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How Hotline.ie is important to One in Four

June 30, 2016

Our Clinical Director Eileen Finnegan attended ISPAIs Annual report for the hotline.ie service; the role of ISAPI is to trace the source of illegal material. Launched by Minister of State for Justice David Stanton, the annual report saw 3,153 reports of child pornography in 2015. Eileen spoke to us about the impact the launch had on her as a professional working in the area of child sexual abuse prevention; she found it reflected and supported One in Fours stance on child protection.

Hotline.ie Service provides an anonymous facility for Internet Users to report suspected illegal content, in particular Child Sexual Abuse Material that has been accidentally encountered online, in a secure and confidential way.

Hotline.ie received and processed 3,153 reports in 2015, a 35% decrease from 2014; however it is the second highest year to date. These numbers impact One in Four as they reveal the scope of potential clients that may be in need of our services, it brings to light the misconception of child abuse scandals being only associated with the catholic church, there are constantly new types of cases being brought to our various teams here at One in Four all the time. Below is a breakdown of the types of reports that were received.

Minister Stanton reiterated some very important points about the misuse of the internet reminding us to ‘think before you click', this point being targeted especially towards young people whose lives can be totally immersed in social media. This relates to the work we do at One in Four, a large number of young men engage with CSAM (Child Sex Abuse Material) Online but are unaware of its fatalistic nature, as Chief Executive of the ISPAI, Paul Durrant welcomed the attendees including the Ombudsman for Children and the Gardaí. He commented frequently throughout the report that to ‘…never forget behind Child Sexual Abuse Imagery is a real child who has been sexually abused and exploited' he went on to put emphasis on how important our role is in assisting ‘children at how to behave online'.

 

Denton Howard, from the INHOPE Network who spoke with an international perspective, commented that 'we must combat online ‘. Howard talked about Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) stating that we need to call it what it really is CSAM, not child pornography. The term child pornography minimises the impact of the images that are being viewed.  He commented that it is not nice to hear that the material being viewed by individuals are children being raped, it may nit be easy to see however this is what the analysts have to do. The analysts are supported emotionally by Howard and he describes what they do as 'working in the trenches'. They indirectly experience trauma, the images cannot be erased from their minds. This particular part of the report really connected to Eileen Finegann, our Clinical Director at One in Four, as the work that is done here is so important and is determental to Child Sexual Abuse Prevention it is, emotionally speaking, a difficult issue to deal with day in day out. The secondary impact on individuals working within this field can be traumatic, the impact it can make on the professional yet the utter importance of doing it to protect children and work towards prevention.

 

 

 

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Will You Put Your Spare Change To Good Use?

June 28, 2016

 

We are delighted to launch our new coin boxes!
 
We hope to spread them across as many homes and work places as possible! This is where you come in. Fill it coppers, half fill it, or give it to your friend to fill it - whatever works for you will always work for us! All donations will help support more survivors of abuse.
 
Any little bit you have to give is cherished and appreciated! We are happy to put the forgotten change that fell down the side of your couch into all our wonderful services - your spare change could help turn our clients’ lives around. 
 
Do you or anyone you know have any little habits that need to be broken? Any of these sound familiar to you?
 
  1. Cursing or swearing to often?
  2. Still at the smokes?
  3. Having the messiest desk in your office?
  4. Biting your nails?
  5. Not doing the washing up?
  6. Eating too many treats?
Why not make a donation every time you slip up?
 
One in Four aims to support men and women who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood, the money we raise goes to psychotherapy, advocacy and prevention services. We hope that together we can have an Irish society where children are safe from the threat of sexual abuse.
 
If this sounds like something that you'd like to take part in then please get in touch. If you'd like to get one (or more!) coin boxes for your home and office then please contact us on (01) 662 4070 or fundraising@oneinfour.ie
 
 

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Fancy a Tea Party? Or Coffee? Or wine?!

June 14, 2016
 
The time has rolled around again for our annual Tea ‘n’ More for One in Four event! Coming up this month on Friday, June 24th (or any date that suits you), it’s time for the festivities to begin.
 
You want to know the exciting part? The rest of the details are all yours to choose!
 
Are you a tea expert? A wine connoisseur? An enthusiast of a good bag of popcorn and a great movie? Great! Gather up your friends, family, and anyone else you like and you can host your very own Tea ‘n’ More event. 
 
Whether it’s a tea party, coffee morning, movie night, wine tasting, or anything else you can dream up, it’s perfect for Tea ‘n’ More.
 
By growing your guest list you can help One in Four shrink our waiting list, so that we can help more survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Every guest that makes a donation or becomes a monthly donor helps us provide support to everyone who asks for our help.
 
If you would like to organise an event give us a call at (01) 662 4070 or send us an email at simon@oneinfour.ie and we’ll be happy to send you a fundraising pack. Also don't forget to check out the Tea & More Facebook page!
 
Thank you so much!
 
 

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Stephen Fry- Inform Yourself About The Lived Reality Of Child Sexual Abuse

April 12, 2016

You might have seen that recently, on a US chat show, Stephen Fry stated that sex abuse victims should "grow up" because self-pity is the "ugliest emotion in humanity". 

 

Here is what our Executive Director, Maeve Lewis has to say:

Stephen Fry seems like a nice guy – very clever, affable and charming.
 
I doubt if he intended his remarks about self-pity to cause survivors of child sexual abuse the intense hurt and distress that they have.  His flippant portrayal of the act of child sexual abuse, “your uncle touching you in a nasty place”, completely misrepresents the horror of the experience for child victims – the agonising physical assault, the betrayal of trust, the isolation, the shame and the guilt.
 
I wish he could hear some of the phone calls we have received today at One in Four.
 
Far from being self-pitying, most survivors of child sexual abuse chose not to tell. Rather than asking for sympathy, they blame themselves. They come to believe that it was something bad about themselves that provoked the abuse.
 
They struggle to get on with their lives, often trying to pretend the abuse never happened, to appear like everybody else. But underneath they are suffering, depressed, anxious and self-loathing.
 
Survivors marry, raise children and have work and social lives. But they also describe never being able to live life to the full. Crucially, many survivors never make the connection between the sexual trauma and their current anguish.
 
It is difficult to repress traumatic events indefinitely and at some stage something will trigger the survivor to reach out for help to an organisation like One in Four. The people we meet who come through our doors are not the self-pitying victims described by Stephen Fry.  They are courageous men and women who are willing to make the difficult journey through therapy.  
 
With support, they are prepared to revisit the sexual trauma and to begin to understand the impact it has had on their lives.  They are committed to disentangling themselves from the horrors of the past and to find a more positive way of living in the world.
 
So Stephen Fry, you need to think about what you have said.  You are an erudite man but clearly need to inform yourself, even a bit, about the lived reality of child sexual abuse.
 
Maeve Lewis
 
Executive Director
 
If you haven't seen Stephen Fry's comment, please click here.

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

Monthly
You can provide One In Four with a regular and reliable doantion by contacting us at fundraising@oneinfour.ie or call us up at (01) 662 4070
 
Cash or Cheques
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. There are envelopes available at reception.
 
Bank Transfer
BIC: BOFIIE2D
IBAN: IE21 BOFI 9014 9091 5014 67
Sort code: 90-14-90
Account no: 91501467

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Big News! This Will Help More People!

March 31, 2016

You might be surprised to learn we only have 3 therapy rooms at One In Four.

With such a small amount of space and limited number of therapists, it means there are only so many victims of sexual abuse that we can meet with each week. It all comes down to funding.

Every day survivors of sexual abuse visit or phone us here at One In Four and ask for help. These are someone’s sister or brother - someone’s son or daughter - who have taken the brave step of asking for help. But too many of them will sit on our waiting list for too long.

The good news is that we've secured funding to change THREE therapy rooms in to FOUR! It means the One In Four therapists and our advocacy team can work with more victims of abuse.

The builders come in tomorrow...it'll take about a week, and we'll be sharing the progress on our Website, our Facebook and our Twitter. So exciting!

But this is just the start...

With an extra room we'll need more therapy hours, more phone calls, more legal advice, more tea and coffee, more everything. All of it to help more people.

Will you reach out to help one more person? Will you make a donation today?

Your donation - whatever you can afford - will go towards making sure each man and woman that reaches out will get the help that they deserve.

 

Our Rooms Before

 


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

Monthly
You can provide One In Four with a regular and reliable doantion by contacting us at fundraising@oneinfour.ie or call us up at (01) 662 4070
 
Cash or Cheques
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. There are envelopes available at reception.
 
Bank Transfer
BIC: BOFIIE2D
IBAN: IE21 BOFI 9014 9091 5014 67
Sort code: 90-14-90
Account no: 91501467

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