Press Releases

Rape Law: Victims on Trial?

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) and the Law School, Trinity College are jointly hosting a conference entitled “Rape Law: Victims on Trial?” in Dublin Castle on Saturday January 16th 2010. The conference will mark the 30th anniversary of the DRCC.

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Staying Safe this Christmas ‘09

Last year over 2,531 people rang the National 24 hour National helpline for rape and sexual abuse, during December and January.

Monday, December 21st, 2009

How disappointing! Nothing has changed in the Pope’s Response says DRCC. Victims are asked to wait again.

Today Pope Benedict in his statement, following his meeting with Cardinal Brady and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and high ranking members of the Roman Curia, said that “he shares the outrage, betrayal and shame felt by so many of the faithful in Ireland.” However he does not tell us what he feels about his church’s maintenance of secrecy, avoidance of scandal, protection of the reputation of the church and the preservation of its assets which according to Justice Murphy’s investigation were given priority over the welfare of children of Ireland and justice for victims.

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) welcomes Minister Barry Andrews announcement today that he is allocating €15 million to resource the implementation plan of the Ryan Report and a further €3 million to finance a referendum on children’s rights

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive, DRCC, said “On a budget day when we anticipated a lot of bad news it is very welcome to see that the Government is putting our children where they rightfully belong, at the top of our responsibility agenda. By allocating €3million in 2010 for a referendum on the rights of the child, at last, we will have the opportunity as a nation to vote for enshrining the rights of our children in our constitution where they rightfully belong.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

The Dublin Rape (DRCC) welcomes the publication today of Rape and Justice in Ireland

The Dublin Rape (DRCC) welcomes the publication today of Rape and Justice in Ireland a National Study of Survivor Perpetrator and Court Responses to Rape by Conor Hanley, Dr. Deirdre Healy and Stacey Scriver from NUI Galway. This important research was commissioned by the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland (RCNI).

Monday, December 7th, 2009

DRCC demands the full Implementation of The Healing Process: Acknowledgment, Apology, Reparation, Provision, Protection and Prevention

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre welcomes the publication of the Murphy Report and demands that the healing process be implemented in full. The publications of the investigations indicates the first step in the healing process for the victims and survivors of sexual abuse

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC)broadly welcomes the decision today of Justice Gilligan to publish the report of the Commission of investigation into child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive, DRCC, said “The courageous victims of child sexual abuse will still have to wait for the full report to be published. Justice Gilligan today gave very clear direction as to the sections of the report that have to be redacted before publication. There are pending cases that would be prejudiced otherwise.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre And One In Four Call For Explanation Re Dublin Archdiocese Report

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) and One in Four are calling for an immediate explanation for the recent delays in the publication of the Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Broken Promises: Survivors forced to wait once again

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) experienced an increase of 16% in calls to the National 24 hour Helpline for victims of rape and sexual abuse 1 800 77 88 88, in the first six months of 2009 (7,560 calls) compared to the same period in 2008 (6,522 calls). This increase is due mainly to the huge surge in calls to the Helpline following the Ryan Report. There was a 300% increase in the number of first time callers disclosing past childhood sexual abuse in May 2009 compared to the same period in May 2008.

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Support Agencies Urge Survivors Of Sexual Abuse To Reach Out For Help

Support agencies today expressed concern at the likely impact of the publication of the Dublin Archdiocese Report on people who have experienced sexual abuse. Following the publication of the Ryan Report in May, thousands of people contacted counselling and advocacy services for help. Many people were telling their stories for the very first time, and had never even spoken to family members or friends.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009