Traumatic Treatment Of Rape Victims

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

In the past two weeks two victims of rape had to travel from Sligo to Dublin to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) in the Rotunda Hospital as there is currently no service available in the West of Ireland. There are only four SATU units in Ireland, Dublin, Cork, Waterford, and Letterkenny and these are still under resourced.

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said “It is totally unacceptable that people who have experienced rape should have to travel long distances without even been able to change their clothes, to avail of a forensic examination. If we are serious in our efforts to encourage people to report violent sexual crimes, we must provide the services that are necessary for the collection of the vital forensic evidence, within a reasonable distance for everyone. To help alleviate additional trauma to victims and to encourage the reporting of sexual crimes will cost the exchequer a mere €2.8 million”

A Report Sexual Assault Treatment Services, A National Review published in June 2006 recommended and costed the standardisation of the current four SATU units and the provision of a further two units for the West and the Midlands which have no service at present. The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre urgently calls on the Government to implement the recommendations of this report and stop the unnecessary further trauma.

For further information please contact:
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, CEO – 01 661 4911 / 086 809 9618

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