Press Releases

Terrible things happen behind closed doors

Given the rise in the levels of sexual violence reported in 2006, The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) is launching a national advertising campaign. An awareness raising advertisement “Behind Closed Doors” will be exhibited in cinemas throughout the country from Friday December 15th.

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Report of the Joint Commission on Child Protection

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre today welcomed the Report of the Joint Commission on Child Protection, to which it had made a submission. In particular the DRCC supports the recommendation to provide absolute protection to children under 16 from the “defence of honest mistake as to age”.

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Traumatic Treatment Of Rape Victims

In the past two weeks two victims of rape had to travel from Sligo to Dublin to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) in the Rotunda Hospital as there is currently no service available in the West of Ireland. There are only four SATU units in Ireland, Dublin, Cork, Waterford, and Letterkenny and these are still under resourced.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

DRCC responds to BBC’s Panorama Programme

The Panorama Programme “Sex Crimes and the Vatican” highlighted, yet again, the enormity and the endemic nature of sex abuse in the Catholic Church. After the publication of the Ferns Report in October 2005, we were left in no doubt but that this crime was widespread in our own country.

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

“Heartbroken” victims phone Dublin Rape Crisis Centre after memories are triggered by Late Late Show

On Friday night we saw Pat Kenny, one of our most formidable interviewers, fall under the spell of a convicted paedophile and fail to challenge any of the damaging myths and misinformation which this man articulated.

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Launch of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s Anniversary Report 2005 and Annual Statistics

Shocking Increase in DRCC Figures 28% increase in SATU Accompaniment 11% increase in Genuine Counselling Calls 9% increase in calls relating to Childhood Sexual Abuse Today, Brendan Spring, Chairman, of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, introduced its Anniversary Report 2005 …

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

DRCC response to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Mr. A case and the Mr. C case

We at the DRCC are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Mr. A case and the Mr. C case. We appreciate the complexity of this whole area from a legal perspective. From the perspective of the victims of sexual abuse and violence, it is a welcome response. However it is not good enough that this man will be freed in January 2007. Sentencing to date, of sexual offenders, is badly in need of review, as well as the whole area relating to sexual offences.

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Less than 3 in every 1,000 sexual offences against children result in a prosecution

Joint Press Statement from;
CARI, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Sexual Violence Centre Cork & One in Four

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Galway Survey examines Rape Victims’ Experience of Legal System

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has launched a media campaign to highlight an important national survey and to appeal to eligible members of the public to participate. The Faculty of Law at NUI Galway is conducting a national survey of men and women who have experienced sex against their will.

Friday, January 20th, 2006

The Lord Mayor Launches Rape Crisis Website

This week, as the Anniversary year comes to a close, the DRCC is “Focusing on the Future” with the launch of a re-designed and updated website www.drcc.ie. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Catherine Byrne, formally launched the website.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005