The National 24 Hour Helpline for victims of Rape and Sexual Abuse has been inundated with callers to the line this past week.

Monday, September 26th, 2011

 

The National 24 Hour Helpline for victims of Rape and Sexual Abuse has been inundated with callers to the line this past week.

The number 1 800 77 88 88 was displayed on screen after an episode of Coronation Street when there was a depiction of a very violent sex attack. The number also went up on screen during the Late Late Show on Friday night, after Ryan Tubrity interviewed three sisters who were survivors of childhood sexual abuse by their father.

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive DRCC, said: “The three sisters, who were interviewed on the Late Late Show on Friday night on the foot of the publication of their book “Clic Click” are a wonderful example to the many victims of rape and childhood sexual abuse, that there is life after terrible trauma. Not only are they able to get on with their own lives with hope and humour, but they are generously sharing their experiences through their book, so that others can be helped and given hope.
There were many first time callers to the National 24 Hour Helpline on Friday night, who called the number after it went up on screen. They are beginning their journey to recovery following the wonderfual example of these three courageous and gererous sisters. The Rape Crisis Centre also acknowledges that not everyone is ready to begin their journey yet, but we would urge anyone who needs support and help and feels ready to take thatfirst step, to do so and to call 1 800 77 88 88 where there is always a trained person at the end of the line. ”

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