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?”

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive, DRCC     01 6614911         086 809 9618

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