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Will The Next Government Support Victims Of Sexual Crime?

January 27, 2016
 
A great deal of progress has been made by the current Government in relation to survivors of child sexual abuse and child protection.  The appointment of the first full Minister for Children, the setting up of Tusla and the passing of the Children’s Referendum and the Children First Act are among the achievements.  It hangs in the balance if the important Criminal Justice (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014 will be enacted before the election is called.
 
However, much remains to be done, and we call on the next Government to take the following actions:
 
Fewer than 10% of adult survivors of child sexual abuse report the crime to the Gardai.  Even though the crime has taken place years ago, the perpetrator may still be out there, posing a risk to a new generation of children. When cases go to trial, people tell us that the experience of being a complainant witness is so traumatising and humiliating that they wish they had never complained in the first place, even when the offender is convicted.
 
It is vital that the criminal justice system recognises the special vulnerability of victims of sexual crime.  The new EU Victims Directive accepts the rights of victims not to be re-traumatised by their engagement with the criminal justice system.  The proposed Victims of Crime Bill must address this.   It is vital that judges and barristers working in trials of sexual crime receive specialist training, as is the case in other jurisdictions, and that rules be introduced governing the type of cross examination that is permissible.
 
A new Sex Offenders Bill is currently being drafted which will increase the powers of the statutory agencies to monitor the activities of known convicted sex offenders. We estimate that fewer than 3% of men who sexually abuse children are ever convicted, meaning that there are a lot of dangerous predators out there in our communities. This is a major child protection issue.  We would like this legislation extended to include the monitoring of non-convicted offenders who are known to the authorities.
 
The establishment of Tusla raised high hopes that a consistent and rigorous child protection system would be put in place across the country.  While some improvements have been made, there are still high levels of inconsistency in how different areas across the country apply the child protection protocols.  We call on the new government to invest adequate resources in the child protection system to raise us to the highest international standards.  We also call on the new Minister for Children to prioritise the commencement of the Children’s First Act 2015 which will introduce mandatory reporting for designated professionals.
 
Finally, The Louise O’Keefe judgement in the European Courts found that the department of education is responsible for protecting children from sexual abuse in schools.  The Department has chosen to take a very narrow interpretation of this judgment.  It is dismaying to see that it is contesting cases in the High Court where survivors are attempting to sue both the school management and the Department for sexual abuse they suffered.  We call on the next Minister for Education to act within the spirit of the O’Keefe judgement and accept responsibility for the State’s failures in child protection.
 

 

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 signing up to donate monthly through MyCharity here.
 
On-Line
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Cheque
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Cash
Cash donations can be made at our offices. There are envelopes available at reception.
 
Bank Transfer
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Account no: 91501467

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You’ve seen Spotlight. Now will you take action?

January 25, 2016

The new movie Spotlight has once again brought childhood sexual abuse scandals in to the headlines.
 
The film follows The Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team and its investigation into the widespread child sex abuse cases in the Boston area. It is based on a series of stories by the real Spotlight Team that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and John Slattery.
 
Nominated for 6 Oscars (including Best Picture), the attention this movie has gained has once again brought childhood sexual abuse to the attention of the wider public and media. Mark Ruffalo said, "I will be going to the Oscars in support of the victims of clergy Sexual Abuse."
 
Like many people, you may have seen the movie and been deeply moved and affected by what happened.
 
You may be wondering what you can do to help.
 
One in Four supports men and women who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood. However, we have a waiting list. And we know of at least three people on our waiting list who have died over the past four years before we were able to meet them. This is simply due to a lack of resources. If we had been able to offer them an appointment when they called could their lives have been saved?
 
Every day survivors of sexual abuse visit or phone us here at One In Four and ask for support.
 
And thanks to help from people like you they will get it.
 
 
Your donation will go towards making sure each man and woman that reaches out will get the support that they deserve.
 
Thank you.
 
 

 
 
 

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 signing up to donate monthly through MyCharity here.
 
On-Line
You can make a secure donation on-line here.
 
Cheque
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
Cash donations can be made at our offices. 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

Categories: General.

What Will You Do Differently In 2016?

January 4, 2016
Happy New Year!
 
You probably don't really go in for New Year's Resolutions. But it can be fun to do something different and set yourself a challenge.
 
So if you want to push yourself further or try something new, we'd love to help you do it. At the same time, let's help make 2016 the year that survivors who contact One In Four no longer have to wait on a waiting list.
 
Here's our calendar of events for the year so far...
 
 
 
The Gift Of A Day - 29th February
Details coming soon!
 
The UBand - 10th March, The Grand Social, Dublin
The fantastic U-Band are back...more great tunes and a great night out.
 
Runamuck - March & October, North Kildare
A messy and muddy 5km run.
 
Hell & Back - 21st May, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone or 25th/26th June, Bray, Co. Wicklow
The ultimate challenge...some of our supporters say it's the best thing they've ever done. Others say never again.
 
Women's Mini Marathon - 6th June
Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, you can walk or run in the Ireland's largest one-day charity event.
 
Tea & More - 17th June
Tea...coffee...wine...whatever you like...organise your own event for One In Four's flagship day.
 
Skydive For One In Four - July TBC
Possibly the easiest challenge you can set yourself...you just fall out of a plane :-)
 
Dragon Boat Race - September TBC
A great bit of fun on the water down on Grand Canal. Our teams of 16 and a drummer battle to not come last.
 
Dublin Marathon - 30th October
Start training now!
 
Tree & More For One In Four - December 7th
Our Xmas tea party...I know you don't want to even think about it just yet...
 
 
If you're interested in any of these...or something else completely new...then please do let us know.
 
2016 looks like it's going to be something special :-)
 

Categories: General.

Will You Make A Donation This Christmas?

December 17, 2015
 
When a survivor of sexual abuse plucks up the courage to pick up the phone and reach out for help, it should be available to them immediately.
 
Often it is the first time they have disclosed to anybody, even close relatives, that they were abused.
 
Our waiting list is currently 3 months long…That’s why I'm asking for your generous support. Will you make a donation this Christmas?
 
One in Four supports men and women who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood. In Ireland, research has shown that 1 in 4 people have experienced sexual violence.
 
For some, the burden of carrying the trauma of sexual abuse has become too much and they are considering taking their own lives.
 
We know of at least three people on our waiting list who have died over the past four years before we were able to meet them. This is simply due to a lack of resources. If we had been able to offer them an appointment when they called could their lives have been saved?
 
Sexual abuse in childhood is devastating, and its effects are felt throughout a person's life.
 
It is absolutely unacceptable that so many people are denied the chance to transform their lives because we are unable to meet them when they need us. Right now there are too many men and women on our waiting list. They are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters.
 
 
As one survivor explains, "I was terrorised and entrapped as a child against my will. Much of my adult experience of life had at its core terror and anxiety.”
 
“In my darkest hours I thought there was absolutely no way through. I believed that happy endings were for others and that the pain, terror and anxiety I felt were just too difficult to work through.”
 
“However, there is a way through and I am living proof of that.”
 
Asking for help can be the hardest thing in the world.
 
Every day survivors of sexual abuse visit or phone us here at One In Four and ask for support.
 
And thanks to help from people like you they will get it. Will you make a donation today?
 
Your donation of whatever you can afford, will go towards making sure each man and woman that reaches out will get the support that they deserve.
 
Thank you so much.
 
Yours sincerely,
Maeve Lewis

Categories: General.

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

 

Categories: General.

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