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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
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Bank Transfer
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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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Safer Internet Day

February 9, 2016
 

 
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
#playyourpart.

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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One In Four Welcomes Publication Of HIQA Report Into Tusla Child Protection And Welfare Services

February 5, 2016
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:

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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