The number of young men aged 18-25 years who have been referred to One in Four has increased and now comprises almost a quarter of all offenders on our treatment programme.
Many of these young men began offending as adolescents by downloading internet images of children being abused and then moved on to sexually harming children themselves. This poses serious questions for us as a digital age society in how we support young people to develop healthy notions of sex based on consensual sexual intimacy.
Today more than 100 countries worldwide, including all 28 countries of the European Union, are celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) for the thirteenth year running.
Initiated under the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme and now continuing under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) which funds Safer Internet Centres in the member states, the day marks an annual opportunity to engage in making the internet a safer and better place for our children and young people.
The theme of Safer Internet Day 2016 is ‘Play your part for a better internet!’. Whether we are children and young people, parents and carers, educators or social care workers, or indeed industry, decision makers or politicians, we all have a role to play. In championing a better internet, the theme aims to encourage people to play their part in making the most of the positive opportunities offered online, while giving them the resilience, skills, knowledge and support they need to navigate any online risks they may come across.
Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet said: "The messaging around a safer and better internet complements the work we are doing with schools across Europe – and beyond – on empowering children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need to actively participate in today's digital society.”
Follow Safer Internet Day events on Twitter using #SID2016, #Iplaymypart and
One in Four welcomes the publication of the HIQA Report into Tusla Child Protection Services in Dublin South East / Wicklow. The Report confirms the experience of our clients, adult survivors of child sexual abuse, in engaging with the services.
Executive Director Maeve Lewis says: “The HIQA Report finds evidence of very good practice in relation to allegations of current sexual abuse of children, and that is to be welcomed. However, it highlights the failures of the service to adequately investigate allegations made by adults in relation to sexual abuse in the past, and concludes that this may pose a significant risk to children”.
“All our clients are adults survivors of child sexual abuse, and we notify all these concerns to Tusla. Just because the sexual abuse took place ten, twenty or even thirty years ago does not mean that the sex offender has stopped abusing children. Through our sex offender intervention programme we have learned that abusers tend to continue abusing until they are detected. The father who abused his children may now be abusing his grandchildren, the teacher who abused a pupil may be abusing the next generation of schoolchildren”.
Maeve Lewis continues: “Our experience of making notifications to Tusla is reflected in the HIQA Report. Cases languish on waiting lists for long periods. Assessments of retrospective allegations are complex and we are very dissatisfied at the quality of many assessments. Staff interviewed by HIQA acknowledge the lack of training they receive in this regard. Investigations into allegations that we believe to be entirely credible regularly are concluded with no action being taken. I believe this means that there are many children out there who are unnecessarily exposed to the risk of sexual harm.”
Maeve Lewis ends: “HIQA is bringing a new level of transparency and monitoring to child protection services, and that is very encouraging. It is clear that the failures identified in this Report are partly due to too few social workers being in place and a lack of adequate training for staff. However, it also highlights how retrospective allegations are treated less seriously than those of current abuse. Unless increased funding is made available to Tusla to invest in child protection services, it is likely that these failures will continue. In the past weeks the people of this country have been horrified, yet again, at failures in child protection in Waterford. As this report shows, we can expect future revelations of the sexual abuse of vulnerable children because we failed to act.”
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.
Yes, it's a Leap Year...but Februray 29th is probably going to be a normal day for you and me. If you get paid monthly, I'm sorry to tell you that you're going to be doing an extra days work this year for no extra pay!
That's the bad news...but here's the good news...
We're asking companies and employers to give this Gift Of A Day back to help more victims of abuse.
By donating the extra value, income or savings that a company gains from this day to One In Four, they'll be using this February 29th to make a huge difference. Or by donating the time back to you...their staff...you can help us raise more through one of our events!
Each company will be providing more therapy sessions, more courtroom visits, more advice, more support...Everything we do.
It'll allow us to meet more women, men and families. And to get more survivors off our waiting list.
Please ask your employer or any company you deal with if they'd like to give the Gift Of A Day.
Please send this on to anyone you know that might be interested.
And please help us making some noise on February 29th with #TheGiftOfADay.
Giving to charities is a good thing to do. In Ireland, we live in a society where charities do work that is not simply ‘extra-curricular’ – it is essential work that needs to be done to protect the most vulnerable in society.
At One in Four we are working with survivors of child abuse which affects a shocking 27% of Irish people. We rely on donations from individuals to keep our doors open and continue the vital work we do.
So where does tax come into all of this?
In Ireland, changes in the charity tax back scheme in 2013 means that donations totalling €250 or more in a calendar year (or €21 a month) are potentially worth an additional 44.9% to the charity.
So what has changed?
The refund can now be obtained on behalf of PAYE and Self Assessed supporters.
Once signed, the new enduring tax relief form lasts for 5 years. This means that you only need to fill out the form once every 5 years, which reduces our admin costs, allowing for greater impact in the work we do with survivors of child abuse.
So if your annual donation amount was €250, the tax back comes to €112.32, and the value of your donation to One in Four is €362.32 at no extra cost to you.
Not everybody who donates is aware of this tax back scheme. All of this is completely free for the person donating. It’s incredibly simple – one signature.
One signature and you could be helping even more women and men to make the transition from surviving to living.
You might remember that last year we asked our supporters to drop in nomination forms to their local Tesco. Every six weeks, each Tesco store donates up to €1,000 to charities like us.
So far NINE of your local Tescos have chosen us as their charity!
It's only because of individuals like you, who take the the time to nominate us or vote for us, that we're able to get these donations from Tesco. Because of you we can support more men and women that experienced abuse as kids.
That's why we're dedicating a day to you.
Now...let's keep going...
There's nothing to stop us being nominated again in the same Tesco, and there still plenty of stores that have never heard of us!
You can nominate One In Four to benefit from these donations by simply dropping in one of these forms to your local Tesco.
Our contact details are already there - you just need to fill in the bit about what we do for the community, from your point of view.
Something like: "One In Four helps people who have experienced sexual abuse as a child. Through therapy and advocacy they work to break the cycle of abuse. One In Four are fundraising to reduce their waiting list and see more men, women and families."
You can drop in as many forms as you like to as many Tesco stores as you like.