No More Crisis Management: Commitment to Action Please

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Today the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) launched its Report on The Investigation of Sexual Violence – Priority Recommendations and called on all the political parties to adopt the three priority recommendations into their programme for government.

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive, DRCC said “This is an excellent piece of work, clearly presented, thoroughly researched and supported and informed by The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and the other member rape crisis centres of the Network, who are working on the ground throughout the country with the victims of rape and sexual assault.

The political parties were not present today at this launch except for Senator Sheila Terry, Fine Gael and Ivana Bacik, the Labour Candidate for the Seanad elections. This Report presents clear recommendations but unless there is the political will to translate them into implementations, it will become just another booklet left on shelves to gather dust. The Report is there, let the politicians use it and not wait for another crisis before something is done.

Victims need:

  • continuity of personnel to help them through the reporting process
  • a designated Garda who becomes the familiar supportive face
  • conditions in Garda Stations, for example the introduction of two way mirrors to facilitate anonymous identification by the victim

We need to encourage and facilitate the reporting of Rape and Sexual Assault so that the perpetrators will be punished and our society will be a safer place to live in.”

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

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