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More must be done to keep women and girls safe and supported – Lynn Boylan

5 March, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Lynn Boylan has welcomed today’s publication of EU Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) study on violence against women across the European Union.

Speaking on the findings of the study, the young female candidate said:

“FRA’s study provides us with a grim EU wide picture of the incidents of sexual violence and rape against women and girls.

“This is a timely report as the Rape Crisis Network Ireland’s service level agreement with the HSE is due to conclude at the end of the month.

“Following the establishment of the Child and Family Agency responsibility for the allocation of funds to rape crises centres now lies with the new agency.

“Funding for rape crisis frontline services has already been reduced by 16.5% and more are expected.

“Today’s report by the EU Agency of Fundamental Rights tells us that many women are still not reporting sexual violence feeling instead that they must shoulder the burden alone.

“This is a shocking reminder of the journey we have yet to travel before violence against women and girls becomes abhorrent to society as a whole.

“Government is not leading the way in the fight against violent and sexual crime. Resources and supports are inadequate and public awareness campaigns are not being fully pursued.

“Despite one in five women experiencing domestic violence the Minister for Justice and Equality, Minister Alan Shatter, has stated on regular occasions that he has more urgent legislative matters to attend to in respect of the troika programme.

“Alan Shatter has also cited property rights as a stumbling block to his government signing up to the European Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against Women with its provision for emergency barring order..

“Sexual violence and rape is a stark reality for women and girls throughout the EU so collectively and individually much more needs to be done to keep them safe and supported.”

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