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# Rape Crisis Network Ireland
Rape Crisis Network calls for independent authority on domestic, sexual, gender based violence
This post would independently monitor and scrutinise the coordination and implementation of policy and practice.
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# Kerry
'Good men need to speak up': Call for GAA officials to stop giving character references in rape trials
Justice Minister Helen McEntee has written to the victim in the Conor Quaid trail but cannot meet her as an appeal has been lodged.
# Covid-19
98% increase in people contacting rape crisis centres for support during pandemic
More than 4,400 contacts were made to six centres from March to June.
# Sexual Misconduct
Fears of backlash after 2017's #MeToo movement
Rape Crisis Network Ireland’s Cliona Sadlier talked to us about what’s next in the movement.
# significant cuts
'We have a duty to survivors': Rape Crisis Network won't publish data because of funding cuts
The group said that its funding had been reduced by 70% since 2015.
# sexual violence
Tusla defends its decision to withdraw funding from the Rape Crisis Network
It says, “The decision is dictated by the need to achieve the best use of limited available resources.”
# sexual offence
Sexual consent needs to be legally defined: 'Not doing so isolates and silences victims'
RCNI recommends a definition similar to that adopted in England and Wales be introduced to a new sexual offences Bill.
# Role Models
The Rape Crisis Network says this ad "blames victims of rape", but those behind it say that's not true
The ad is for the Role Models alcohol campaign.
# Victims
One quarter of sex abuse victims under 13 were abused by other children
With adult victims, less than half reported assaults and 57% who did said gardaí treated them sensitively.
# rape crisis centres
Direct Provision 'increases distress and vulnerability' of sexually-abused migrants
The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland has said that the DP system needs to be overhauled to protect refugees.
# Rape
Young people believe alcohol facilitates the majority of 'sexual hook ups'
New research into youth sexual behaviour, consent and alcohol finds that Irish young people believe sexual consent is largely ‘unspoken’.
# Age of Consent
RCNI strongly disagrees with lowering the age of consent
Lowering of the age of consent from 17 to 16 is being discussed by ministers today.
# Mike Tyson
Rape Crisis Network: We should follow UK's lead and ban Tyson
The retired boxer — due in Dublin next March — has been banned from entering the UK due to a change in immigration laws.
Children's Minister: 'Child abuse has not gone doesn't go away'
A shocking statistic from yesterday’s report from the Rape Crisis Network Ireland showed a significant percentage of abusers were, themselves, children.
# Child Abuse
Four new HSE coordinators to deal with potential abuse cases
Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald has announced the appointment of the new HSE staff members following the publication of a major report on abuse by the RCNI.
# DNA testing
DNA database is one more tool that will help catch perpetrators, says RCNI
The Rape Crisis Network Ireland welcomes the DNA Database System Bill which will increase the possibility for justice for sexual violence victims.
# Sentencing
RCNI calls for an end to granting bail after conviction for rape
The Rape Crisis Network Ireland has called for renewed urgency in reforming sentencing and bail practices following this week’s controversial sentencing at a Dublin court.
# Abuse
Victims of child sex abuse wait 25 years to report abuse
New figures from the Rape Crisis Network found people who had been abused as children made up the majority of cases of people seeking counselling last year.
# Date-rape
Alcohol is Ireland's most common 'date-rape' drug - Rape Crisis Network
The organisation says that it is both urgent and possible to change the link between alcohol consumption and sexual violence.
# older women
It's "never too late" to address sexual violence
A new service for older women affected by sexual violence has been launched by the Older Women’s Network and Rape Crisis Network Ireland. They say: “You are never too old to start healing from sexual violence”.
# Courts
Rape case woman 'traumatised' by trial arrest - group
The Rape Crisis Network has criticised a judge’s handling of a case in which a woman was reportedly arrested during her alleged attackers’ trial.
# Rape Crisis
HSE considers cutting all core funding to Rape Crisis Network
The final decision to slash all core funding to the country’s Rape Crisis Network – which would force the current support services offered to victims of rape and sexual abuse to end – has been postponed until August pending a review.