The Lord Mayor Launches Rape Crisis Website

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

In 2005 the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre celebrated 25 years of service to victims of Sexual Abuse and Violence.

Throughout the year there have been a number of key events to celebrate the proud history of the Centre. On 10th October the 25th Anniversary Conference “Sexual Abuse and Violence: Responding to Change” took place. This Conference saw the launch of a book on the history of the Centre “Without Fear: 25 Years of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre” by award winning journalist and author, Susan McKay and the launch of a new piece of research “SAVI Revisited” commissioned by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

This week, as the Anniversary year comes to a close, the DRCC is “Focusing on the Future” with the launch of a re-designed and updated website www.drcc.ie. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Catherine Byrne, visited the Centre at 70 Lower Leeson Street on Wednesday, 23rd November at 11.30am and formally launched the website.

Breda Allen, Chairperson, in welcoming the Lord Mayor said “25 years ago the DRCC offered its services through a single telephone line staffed by volunteers. Today the DRCC offers a 24-hour telephone helpline, 365 days a year and various counselling and therapy services to individuals who have experienced rape and sexual abuse. Our new website will make the service more accessible to men and women who have experienced sexual violence.”

The Lord Mayor said “I congratulate the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre on 25 years of service to the public. Over all these years they have been there for the many men and women who have experienced sexual abuse and rape. This new website will help people make that first contact with the Centre which is so important”.

By harnessing web technology to promote the work of the DRCC, it is envisaged that the DRCC can reach out to a greater number of people who may have issues around rape and sexual abuse. The web is easily accessed by many people who are not ready to make that first contact with the Centre. The website offers a user friendly space that clearly illustrates the work and the services the DRCC provides.

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