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Rape Crisis Network Reports 22% Increase In Contacts To Its Helpline.

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60% of survivors disclosed that they had been subjected to additional forms of violence occurring at the same time as the sexual violence.

The Rape Crisis Network says there was a 22 per cent increase in contacts to its helplines last year.

More than 13,000 were made, according to its national statistics report.

Bernadette Jameson reports:



"The most significant increase in contacts to the Rape crisis network Helplines was in March 2020 when they peaked to 68% the volume of contacts received in March of the previous year.

A large increase in contacts continued into April.

Throughout the rest of the year the rape crisis centres also saw significant increases every month when compared to 2019, except in October which saw a decrease.

In December 2020 contacts increased by over a third, when compared with December 2019.

60% of survivors disclosed that they had been subjected to additional forms of violence occurring at the same time as the sexual violence.

This included physical violence, such as imprisonment, attempts to kill, and neglect), and emotional or psychological violence, such as harassment, intimidation, stalking, and death threats.

Survivors who were subjected to sexual violence when aged between 13 to 17 disclosed that the most common location where the abuse took place was in ‘other locations’ (33%), followed closely by the perpetrator’s home (26%), and outside or in a car (24%).

The most common ‘other locations’ for this age group was a friend’s house.

A small number also disclosed that the violence took place in their workplace, at school, or in a pub/nightclub.

A significant number of survivors who were abused when aged 13 to 17 disclosed that that sexual violence happened in their own homes (17%)."


Executive Director Dr Cliona Sadlier says greater funding is needed to sustain the service and they're still working from a recession-era budget

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