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Ó Broin urges people to give information to Gardaí following Clondalkin rape

28 July, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West TD Eoin Ó Broin has urged people with any information to contact Ronanstown Garda station on 01 666 7700 following a brutal sexual assault on a woman in Clondalkin. The attack took place in the early hours of Thursday morning on the Ninth Lock Road at Letts Field.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“This brutal attack must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Our thoughts are with the women and her family. I would urge people with any information about this attack to contact Ronanstown Garda Station on 01 666 7700. Any information, even rumour or gossip, could be helpful.

“Unfortunately rape is an all too common crime in our society. Official figures from the Court Service indicate that in 2015 there were on average 13 rapes per week. These figures do not include those crimes that go unreported.

“It is not enough just to express our outrage. There is a need to do more to tackle the causes of rape culture and to provide greater support to survivors of these crimes.

“More needs to be done to educate men, and in particular young men about consent and to have respect for women. This means tackling those aspects of masculinity that demean or objectify women in popular culture and male behaviour.

“More also needs to be done to ensure survivors of rape are fully supported through adequate counselling and judicial support.

“Funding for support services is unacceptably low given the number of people who contact services such as the Rape Crisis Centre, who received 12,000 calls in 2015.

“Equally the justice system needs real reform. According to the Court Service there were 676 prosecutions for rape in 2015. Of these, 618 cases were contested. Less than 30% made it to trial and only 15% ended in prosecution. This is a damning indictment of our judicial system and represents a real failure for those women and men who have survived rape.”

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