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Reilly calls for increased funding for rape crisis services

17 June, 2015

This morning in the Seanad, Senator Kathryn Reilly called for a debate on sexual assault services in light of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s (DRCC) annual report published today.

Senator Reilly stated:

“While highlighting the amazing work being done by the staff of the DRCC, the report is extremely concerning for a number of reasons. It documents a 14% increase in calls reporting adult rape and a 71% increase in crisis appointments relating to recent rape and sexual assault.

“The need for Rape Crisis Services is obvious.

“At this time, when these statistics as depicted in today's report are so stark and paint a shocking and harrowing picture of the reality of sexual assault in Ireland, it is very clear that the government needs to provide more funding and resources for rape crisis services and that the legislation to protect victims needs to be strengthened.

“We cannot allow the removal of core funding for the Rape Crisis Services. This would be a major backward step for services to people who have experienced sexual violence.

“The increase in the number of people contacting these services is worrying, and so is the fact that a lot of victims who suffer some form of sexual assault will not be able to reach out to these services.

“We must do more to assist these front line services which help victims of sexual assault.

“We as a society cannot stand by and allow sexual assault services to be cut by the state, it is simply wrong and cannot be justified in any way.”

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