We still have large numbers of silenced adult children who were sexually abused. Will anyone say sorry to them?

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) would like to congratulate all who were involved in the making of the Prime Time Special and the Flesh and Blood programmes that were shown on RTE 1 last night, March 22nd. The foresight and sensitivity of the programme makers, and the courage of the participants are to be commended. Not since the screening of Dear Daughter and States of Fear, both the brain child of Producer Mary Raftery, has the DRCC experienced such numbers calling the Centre after a TV programme.

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive, DRCC said “Our helpline was absolutely jammed last night and the callers are continuing to come through today. Last night there were in the region of 70 calls immediately after the programmes. Talking to the counsellors who were receiving the calls last night triggered by The Prime Time Special and Flesh and Blood programmes, one could not but be struck by the overwhelming sadness that came through in all the calls. Many people calling had never spoken about their experiences before and were so relieved to be doing so now. Some of the people were men and women in their 70’s.

We still have large numbers of silenced adult children, who were sexually abused in our schools. Breaking the silence is one of the first steps to healing. There is help available and it is possible to heal the terrible hurt and to allow the wounds to heal with help understanding and sharing. It is never the victim’s fault in any circumstances of childhood sexual abuse.”

Angela McCarthy, Head of Clinical Services DRCC said “Breaking the silence, being believed and ideally, reparation being made, are three key aspects of the healing process.”

The DRCC calls on the Minister for Education to stand up and take the responsibility that is hers and say sorry to the victims. What is the role of the Department of Education if it is not to include having a regulatory and supervisory role with regard to primary school children.

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

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