Terrible things happen behind closed doors

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Given the rise in the levels of sexual violence reported in 2006, The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) is launching a national advertising campaign. An awareness raising advertisement “Behind Closed Doors” will be exhibited in cinemas throughout the country from Friday December 15th.

The advertisement highlights the fact that no matter what the circumstances are, it is never the victim’s fault. Over half of rapists are known to their victims. In the case of children, the abuser is often someone who is close to them. These are some of the reasons why rape and sexual abuse often remain hidden and behind closed doors. The advertisement invites those people (men, women and young people) to come forward, so that they can be helped and learn to live the life they deserve, through the healing process.

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive Officer, DRCC said “During holiday periods the number of people contacting our Helpline who experience recent rape or sexual assault, dramatically increases. This is particularly true in the Christmas and New Year period. In December 2005, the number of calls to our Helpline was 1,187. In January 2006 the number was 1,368. In the same period, our trained volunteers accompanied 30 people to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in December and 32 in January. We are urging people to take precautions particularly this Christmas and not to make it easy for the predators who are out there.”

The DRCC encourages people to contact the Freephone Helpline 1 800 77 8888 which is open all the time, 24 hours a day, every day. This is not an answering machine service. There is always a trained counsellor at the end of the line.

This campaign is supported by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

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

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