Press Release: New Delhi & Dublin – How far apart are we?
Monday, December 31st, 2012
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said :
“There was worldwide condemnation and rightly so, of the heinous rape and
subsequent death of the 24 year old student who was viciously gang raped on
a New Delhi bus by a group of 6 men.
There were 572 officially reported rapes in New Delhi in 2011. In Dublin
last year the trained volunteer cohort of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
accompanied 270 victims of recent rape and sexual assault to the Sexual
Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda Hospital. The SAVI (Sexual Assault and
Violence in Ireland) Report published in 2002, told us that only 1 in 10
report these heinous crimes to the Gardai. Most rapes in this country are
committed with impunity.
New Delhi has a population of around 14 million people. Dublin’s population
is around 1.25 million. Why are we not shouting from the rooftops and
condemning these crimes and insisting that more needs to be done to address
and stem the escalation of these crimes in our society?”
For further information please contact:
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive, DRCC 01 6614911 086 809 9618