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Sexual violence damages lives in a pervasive and lasting way. With its mission to 'prevent the hurt and heal the trauma of sexual violence,' the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has campaigned for more than 40 years for stronger legal and policy measures against rape and sexual abuse.
It has also worked to promote appropriate education and awareness-raising around healthy relationships and sexual consent that will lead to a society with zero tolerance for sexual violence.
#stillhere - support is still here during COVID19 crisis
DRCC is part of the Government awareness-raising campaign, spearheaded by the Department of Justice & Equality, to emphasise that domestic and sexual violence support services from State agencies and the voluntary sector are ‘still here’ during the COVID-19 crisis.
Our CEO Noeline Blackwell commented at the launch of the campaign in April 2020 that “Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is very glad to see this initiative. It will remind people that the National 24-Hour Rape Crisis Centre Helpline and our other services remain open and are working hard to support those who have suffered rape and other sexual abuse, as well as supporting their families and friends."
She urged anyone worried about or affected by sexual violence to contact the National 24-Hour Helpline at 1800 77 8888. Clients and callers to DRCC are expressing intense isolation and anxiety, many cut off from the normal supports and routines they rely on for relief or for escape. Sexual violence is and always has been a frequent element of wider domestic violence. Based on DRCC statistics over several years, some 20% of people we see suffered adult sexual abuse, including rape at the hands of their partners or ex-partners; as much as 50% of child rape and other sexual abuse happening in the immediate family.
Lern more about this joint campaign at www.stillhere.ie.
#100percent - be 100% or it's not consent
Our current campaign focuses on clarity and communication in sexual relationships.
The #100Consent campaign's message is that when it comes to sexual consent, the slightest uncertainty can lead to devastating consequences.
The TikTok phenomenon has reached our shores with a bang – with the app now home to over 90,000 daily Irish users, mainly aged 16-24 years. This is a key audience for consent education, so we teamed up with 22 of Ireland's most popular TikTokers to launch the campaign. With a combined following of 2.8M Irish youths, this group of TikTokkers are selflessly using their influence to spread an incredibly important message.
The 22 participants attended a voluntary day of workshops and brainstorming sessions to help educate them on consent and inspire their content. Workshop themes included topics like “The stages of consent”, “The scale of agreement” and the power of social influence. The discussion sessions challenged them to ideate content that spreads the #100Consent in a tone that resonates with their demographic.
“DRCC is both honoured and delighted that these great young people agreed to give time and thought to this new #100Consent campaign. Their TikTok activity shows that they are all brilliant communicators, and we’re learning a lot from them. As far as we know, this is the first time that Irish TikTokers have assembled to talk about an important social issue from a campaign perspective. We’re so excited to be part of a new way of getting the consent message out there, and getting young people to think about how consent really features in their lives.”
For 40 years, the DRCC has provided crisis counselling and long-term therapy to rape, sexual assault, and childhood sexual abuse survivors. Our services include a National 24-hour Helpline, one-to-one counselling, Garda and court accompaniment, and training programmes. In addition, we engage in policy interventions and public awareness campaigns.
- For more information on consent – what it means, what the law says about it and how you can better communicate consent – check out our overview resource.
- You can also read our #100consent campaign flyer.
- If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence please remember our National 24-Hour Helpline 1800 77 8888.