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Remembering Christine Buckley

March 10, 2016
 
Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the death of institutional abuse campaigner Christine Buckley.
 
Maeve Lewis said, “She was instrumental in persuading the Government to apologise to survivors and to set up the Ryan Commission to examine conditions in the residential institutions.
 
"Christine campaigned tirelessly and fearlessly for compensation and for services for the survivors of the institutions.”
 
“She was not afraid to confront senior politicians and religious leaders about their failures and to insist that they meet their obligations to survivors.”
 
"Ireland is a better place because of Christine."
 
 
The Anniversary Mass to commemorate Christine Buckley will take place at St.Mary's Pro-Cathedral on Friday March 11th 2016 at 5.45pm.
 
Survivors, volunteers, and supporters, as always are most welcome to attend.  At 5.15 p.m. groups of families, relatives, survivors, friends, volunteers, and supporters will all walk together from the Centre for Aislinn Education and Support.
 

 

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Charity Gig for One in Four and Alone

March 8, 2016

This is a charity gig you can't miss...

One in Four has teamed up with Alone to bring you the Uband, a talented group of musicians who will be supported by the wonderful Undercover. Taking place on Thursday March 10th in the Grand Social, this is sure to be an evening of music, chats and craic!

To book your ticket just click on the following link: http://goo.gl/6VW3gL or contact Simon on 01 6624070. If you prefer, you can drop him a mail at simon@oneinfour.ie 

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Powerful words of survivors

March 7, 2016

We work with survivors of child abuse in order to help individuals to make the transition from surviving to living. These are just some of the words of the people we have worked with in the past. Their words speak louder than reports, statistics or articles. These testimonials are a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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Bishops not obliged to report clerical child abuse, Vatican document says

February 16, 2016

A Vatican document for new bishops states it is "not necessarily" their duty to report claims of clerical abuse. Speaking on Newstalk FM, Maeve Lewis responded:

To say I’m shocked would be something of an understatement really. This document implies that the bishop has discretion to decide whether or not to report allegation of sexual abuse to the civil authorities. 
 
Given the history of clerical abuse in this country, we all know the sort of culture that that can create, and the very dangerous position it leaves vulnerable children in. I’m sure it must be unbelievable as well to people like Archbishop Diarmuid Martin who has showed such leadership on this issue in this country. 
 
On the one hand in countries like Ireland, or USA, or the UK, or Australia and so on, mandatory reporting of  sexual abuse if children is now in place. So a bishop to choose not to report allegation would be in breach of the law and could be subjected to very severe penalties.  
 
My big concern would be for the church, the world wide church particularly in developing countries, where the law of sexual abuse for children is very underdeveloped, and where mandatory reporting is not in place, and where the church is actually growing. 
 
I think it is such; it is actually just unbelievable that this document would have been released after all the church says they have learnt about the issue.
 
I think everyone had very high hopes when Pope Francis was elected. That he would take a really strong line on childhood sexual abuse. He has done many good things, including setting up the commission on the protection of minors and Mary Collins, the survivor of abuse in the Dublin archdiocese is a member of that commission. And I know that that commission is certainly coming to the view that there must be mandatory reporting across the Catholic Church. This would seem to completely undermine that perspective. 
 
If this is the training the leaderships are going to be given, no person in the sense of somebody who is not a social worker or police officer, has the training to make a decision as to whether or not an allegation is founded or not. Even I work the area of sexual abuse and have done for many years, I certainly would not take it upon myself to decide whether or not the allegation is founded and whether or not there is a risk to children. I don’t have that training. So no leadership has that training, and is certainly not in any position to make that decision.
 
I can’t stress how strongly enough, how important is it, that all allegations would be passed to the civil authorities if we are serious about protecting children from sexual harm.

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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Women’s Mini Marathon for One in Four

February 15, 2016

We would love for you to join the One In Four team running the women's mini marathon, and help us raise badly needed funds for survivors of sexual abuse.  Remember – you don’t have to be a gym enthusiast to join! The VHI Mini Marathon ensure that you partake in the event according to your level of fitness, so all are encouraged to take part.

The VHI Women's Mini Marathon is the biggest all women's event of its kind in the world. The first Women’s Mini Marathon began in Dublin in 1983 with 9,000 entrants, it has grown in popularity and the event now hosts over 40,000 women on the June bank holiday weekend. Women from across the 32 counties of Ireland, U.K. and Europe take part each year to raise vital funds for their chosen charities and causes.  

This year it will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th June 2016.

Key Facts
Start Time: 2pm (we'll all be meeting at the One In Four offices on Holles Street beforehand)
Participants in their zone areas by 1.30pm 
Distance:10 kilometres
Entry will open on 17th February 2016
Closing date Friday 11th April 2016 (or earlier depending on numbers)

Your sponsorship funds will go towards providing therapy, advocacy and intervention in the cycle of child abuse. Our vision is to live in a society where children are free from sexual violence.  At One in Four we help people make the step from surviving to living.  You can be part of this; you can help us achieve this aim, and you can make a big difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our society. Taking part gives you the opportunity to help survivors of child abuse. What an incredible way to spend a day.

Remember!

To guarantee a race number and finisher’s medal participants must also register with the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon by filling in the official Entry Form. From Wednesday 17th February, you can enter online here: Online Entry or by using the entry forms which appear in the Evening Herald every Wednesday and Saturday.

Let's make the 2016 Vhi Women's Mini Marathon a fundraising success for One in Four!!

And then please let us know you've entered so we can send you a t-shirt, a goodie bag, and sponsorship details.

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