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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

Categories: General.

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
 

Categories: General.

In case you were wondering…

July 7, 2016

Presumably you've seen some of the news stories recently about a couple of different charities out there. These are obviously really sad and disappointing to hear, and as you can imagine the knock on effect they have on other charities like us can be tough.

Presumably you're looking twice at the transparency, accountability and integrity of organisations you support.

That's why we would like to reiterate:

  • One In Four has adopted The Governance Code, one of less than 300 charities in Ireland to do so. It was a long process with a lot of criteria...we're really proud to have a voluntary Board that put the time and commitment in to this. You can read the code here.
     
  • One In Four's audited accounts, annual reports and strategic plans are always available for you here. Our 2015 audited accounts are in the process of being signed off at the moment, and we'll get those on-line for you as soon as that's done.
     
  • You can read more about our voluntary Board of Directors and what their role is here.

As always, if you ever have any questions or queries then please do e-mail or phone us.

Everything we do is thanks to our supporters...people like you. This is all based on trust, and no member of staff or volunteer in here ever takes that for granted.

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 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
 

Categories: General.

How Hotline.ie is important to One in Four

June 30, 2016

Our Clinical Director Eileen Finnegan attended ISPAIs Annual report for the hotline.ie service; the role of ISAPI is to trace the source of illegal material. Launched by Minister of State for Justice David Stanton, the annual report saw 3,153 reports of child pornography in 2015. Eileen spoke to us about the impact the launch had on her as a professional working in the area of child sexual abuse prevention; she found it reflected and supported One in Fours stance on child protection.

Hotline.ie Service provides an anonymous facility for Internet Users to report suspected illegal content, in particular Child Sexual Abuse Material that has been accidentally encountered online, in a secure and confidential way.

Hotline.ie received and processed 3,153 reports in 2015, a 35% decrease from 2014; however it is the second highest year to date. These numbers impact One in Four as they reveal the scope of potential clients that may be in need of our services, it brings to light the misconception of child abuse scandals being only associated with the catholic church, there are constantly new types of cases being brought to our various teams here at One in Four all the time. Below is a breakdown of the types of reports that were received.

Minister Stanton reiterated some very important points about the misuse of the internet reminding us to ‘think before you click', this point being targeted especially towards young people whose lives can be totally immersed in social media. This relates to the work we do at One in Four, a large number of young men engage with CSAM (Child Sex Abuse Material) Online but are unaware of its fatalistic nature, as Chief Executive of the ISPAI, Paul Durrant welcomed the attendees including the Ombudsman for Children and the Gardaí. He commented frequently throughout the report that to ‘…never forget behind Child Sexual Abuse Imagery is a real child who has been sexually abused and exploited' he went on to put emphasis on how important our role is in assisting ‘children at how to behave online'.

 

Denton Howard, from the INHOPE Network who spoke with an international perspective, commented that 'we must combat online ‘. Howard talked about Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) stating that we need to call it what it really is CSAM, not child pornography. The term child pornography minimises the impact of the images that are being viewed.  He commented that it is not nice to hear that the material being viewed by individuals are children being raped, it may nit be easy to see however this is what the analysts have to do. The analysts are supported emotionally by Howard and he describes what they do as 'working in the trenches'. They indirectly experience trauma, the images cannot be erased from their minds. This particular part of the report really connected to Eileen Finegann, our Clinical Director at One in Four, as the work that is done here is so important and is determental to Child Sexual Abuse Prevention it is, emotionally speaking, a difficult issue to deal with day in day out. The secondary impact on individuals working within this field can be traumatic, the impact it can make on the professional yet the utter importance of doing it to protect children and work towards prevention.

 

 

 

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Will You Put Your Spare Change To Good Use?

June 28, 2016

 

We are delighted to launch our new coin boxes!
 
We hope to spread them across as many homes and work places as possible! This is where you come in. Fill it coppers, half fill it, or give it to your friend to fill it - whatever works for you will always work for us! All donations will help support more survivors of abuse.
 
Any little bit you have to give is cherished and appreciated! We are happy to put the forgotten change that fell down the side of your couch into all our wonderful services - your spare change could help turn our clients’ lives around. 
 
Do you or anyone you know have any little habits that need to be broken? Any of these sound familiar to you?
 
  1. Cursing or swearing to often?
  2. Still at the smokes?
  3. Having the messiest desk in your office?
  4. Biting your nails?
  5. Not doing the washing up?
  6. Eating too many treats?
Why not make a donation every time you slip up?
 
One in Four aims to support men and women who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood, the money we raise goes to psychotherapy, advocacy and prevention services. We hope that together we can have an Irish society where children are safe from the threat of sexual abuse.
 
If this sounds like something that you'd like to take part in then please get in touch. If you'd like to get one (or more!) coin boxes for your home and office then please contact us on (01) 662 4070 or fundraising@oneinfour.ie
 
 

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