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Crowe calls for increased funding of crisis services

7 June, 2006


Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has called on the Government to increase funding for support services for victims of rape and other abuse. Speaking today Deputy Crowe said these services are "essential" and the few services that are there are "under extreme pressure to meet the demands that are being made of them."

He said, "In my limited experience, in dealing with victims of rape and sexual assault, as an elected representative, parents and victims have told me that the necessary support services just weren't there for them. I am also aware that what limited services that are there to victims and their families are under extreme pressure to meet the demands that are being made of them.

"Social services are vital in healing the trauma of rape and sexual abuse and there is huge demand for them. Government funding for support services for victims of rape and sexual abuse must be increased to at least meet the demand for such services. The money is there, all that is needed is the political will. Not one victim should have to suffer further by not being able to avail of these services.

"This issue of resources is one of the many that could not be dealt with in last week's emergency legislation to deal with the Supreme Court ruling on the 1935 sex offences legislation, yet the issue is absent from this week's Dáil schedule. The rushing through of emergency legislation last week was necessary to close the gap in legislation but we now need to use this Dáil session to debate all the wider issues that could not be dealt with because of the inadequacies of last week's legislation." ENDS

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