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Global Giving- Only a few days remain!

September 26, 2016

Only four days remain!

One in Four is taking part of online fundraising competition. In the short space of the 19th of September to the 30th of September we are urging people to donate to help us, through Global Giving, to shorten our continually expanding waiting list.

At this very moment there is a 3 week waiting period to get an initial consultation meeting. After this there is a further 3-4 month waiting period to get into an official counselling programme.

Individuals ring every day, many have waited years, some even waited  decades to reach out for help and support. We want to be able to help them when they make that first call. Don’t make them wait.

Our success in this project can lead to a series of new beginnings for all those waiting and all those working on building their courage to contact us and seek help. You can be the bridge that brings them closer.

In order to earn a permanent spot on the Global Giving Website we need to raise $5,000 by 40 different donors. Will you be one of them?

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Donate TODAY ONLY and your donation will do more…

September 22, 2016

 

"To be told that you must go on a waiting list is like being told that no one wants to listen..." That's what one survivor of abuse told me last week.

And because of a simple lack of resources there are still dozens of women, men and families sitting on our waiting list.

But GOOD NEWS...Today only, GlobalGiving are going to match your donation!

All online donations above US$25 and up to US$1,000 made at https://goto.gg/24743 will be matched at 20% while funds last. And the most popular projects today will get a $1000 bonus donation.

Will you...your friends...your family...make a super special donation today and allow us to grab this opportunity?

Time is running out...

If you can find the time to help us now...today of all days...then we will be one step closer to eliminating our waiting list. One step closer to supporting every survivor of abuse that contacts us immediately.

Thank you so much.

 

 

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World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September 2016

September 9, 2016
 
 
Saturday September 10th is National Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide has assumed epidemic proportions in Ireland, taking lives, devastating families and bewildering communities.  We are always left with the question “why?”.  What could possibly drive somebody to the point where death becomes preferable to life? What goes on in a person’s mind that the grief and distress their death will cause their loved ones can be ignored?
 
At One in Four we know that the experience of child sexual abuse is one of the factors that contributes to a decision to take one’s own life.  The searing impact of sexual abuse persists long after the abuse has stopped.  The shame, the despair, the self-loathing can lead a person to believe that life has nothing to offer except more pain, and that their families will be better off without them.  Many adults who have been sexually abused are at high risk of suicide.  We meet people every day who have contemplated taking their own lives as the only way to escape from overwhelming suffering. 
 
But we also know that with expert help, people can make different choices.  They can be supported to face what has happened, move through the pain and believe in a future that holds the promise of contentment.  Sadly, not everybody gets the opportunity to receive the help they need.  We know that a number of people have taken their own lives while on our waiting list, before we were able to meet them.  We cannot know for sure that the outcome would have been different if we had been able to offer immediate help, but it is very likely.
 
On National Suicide Prevention Day let us remember the sexual abuse survivors who have died, but let us also remember those who are alive and struggling.  As a society we can choose to make sure that help is available to everybody who is in that lonely, dark place where suicide seems like the only option.  And we urge people to take a chance and ask for that help when they need it.
 

 

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

You can make a donation on-line here.
 
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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My little donations is only €10…

August 10, 2016

This arrived in the post this morning along with a ten Euro note: "My little donations is only €10. I would love to be of greater help to you."
 
Oh my goodness that warms the heart on a Monday morning!
 
EVERY donation is a massive help to us. Every donation gives us strength. And every Euro donated or fundraised is put straight to good use and helps us answer one more call, offer one more therapy session to someone that can't afford it, accompany one more survivor to court...everything!
 
Thank you so much to the person that took the time to write this and post in ten Euro to us. And thank you to everyone that supports us each and every day.
 
Don't compare your donations to those big company cheques you see in the newspaper or on TV. If your donation is significant to you then it is significant to us. Companies are often afraid to support work in sexual abuse because it is a 'difficult' subject. But survivors of sexual abuse will continue to be supported thanks to individuals like this, and individuals like you.
 
Thank you!
 

 

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

You can make a donation on-line here.
 
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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A Sex Offender Register?

August 2, 2016

People often discover the One in Four website while searching for a sex offender register. These are people who are perhaps concerned about keeping their children safe.
 
If you had access to one would you look it up? If you found there were no officially registered sex offenders in your neighbourhood would it make you feel safer? What are you going to do when you find out?
 
There is no easy answer – or at least perhaps no answer that would put your mind at ease.
 
In Ireland, the Garda ‘Pulse’ system manages it – but it’s not publically accessible. There is a very good reason for this. A public register could bring us back 100 years to an era of witch hunting. Are we as a society able to accept that people who sexually offend against children live among us? That we probably encounter them in our day to day lives? What would it be like to find someone we know might be on that register?
 
Are we really ready for what we might find – do we have enough information on why people offend? Do we understand the dynamic? Many people are shocked to find that most children are abused within their families. Strangers only represent 11% of the people who offended against our clients. The SAVI report found only 24% was strangers.
 
At One in Four we believe that the whole family and community are impacted by a disclosure of child sexual abuse.  Child protection is at the centre of everything we do, including our sex offender treatment programme.
 
The sexual abuse of children is a terrible crime with horrendous consequences for survivors as they move through life. It is easy to allow our anger and disgust to overwhelm us.
 
The important question is how do we keep our children safe?
 
Supporting offenders strengthens prevention. The more we know about how child sex offending happens, the more we understand and the more that can be done to protect children.
 
Research tells us that if the statutory agencies and communities work to support the offender, through projects like Circles of Support, then children are safer. Offenders who have meaningful work, a decent place to live and supportive relationships are much less likely to re-offend.
 
The overarching goal of the offender treatment programme is to reduce offending. Research shows if an offender is 10 years offence free then they’re unlikely to reoffend. Sexual offending happens in a context. At One in Four we try to understand that context to support people not to re-offend. Re-integration is an important part of that process.
 
No child grows up wanting to be an offender. While we fully understand the concerns of the community, we must be able to talk about the reality and management of sex offenders. We must learn from the mistakes of the Church…abuse happens and thrives in secrecy.
 

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

You can make a donation on-line here.
 
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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