GRCC News and Events

Increase in calls to Galway Rape Crisis Centre

Over 3,000 call and texts were made to the Galway Rape Crisis Centre helpline in 2014, an increase of 25 per cent since 2009.

The GRCC’s Annual Report for 2014 was launched on Monday at City Hall by Mayor Frank Fahy and Tom Meagher, husband of the late Jill Meagher, who was murdered in Melbourne in September 2012.

Tom Meagher said, “As a sufferer of PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder] as a result of the rape and murder of my wife Jill, without available supports, practical advice and care, particularly initial crisis support, I don’t know how I would have coped. For those directly affected by rape and sexual assault, the work of this centre is vital, a place where they know they will be heard, believed and supported.”

Speaking at the launch, Mayor Fahy congratulated the GRCC for their continued hard work and called on the judiciary system to ensure that more perpetrators are prosecuted.

GRCC’s annual report shows that 3,155 call and texts were made to its helpline in 2014. 2,690 face-face counselling sessions were provided during this time, including 111 outreach appointments provided in Gort and Ballinasloe.

GRCC accompanied 48 clients to the sexual assault treatment unit in the immediate aftermath of an assault, while an additional six clients were supported through the court process and a further eight through the initial reporting stages.

The report shows that 70 per cent of clients were under 40 years of age. 14 per cent of clients were male and 86 per cent female.

The GRCC also this week launched the ‘Never Blame the Victim’ awareness campaign to increase the understanding of young people of the stigma surrounding sexual violence.

The centre has provided support for survivors of sexual violence since 1984, alongside education and awareness. Eighty per cent of the funding for GRCC was provided by Tulsa and the rest by other funders such as Manuela Riedo Foundation Ireland, NUI Galway Students’ Union, Cosc, Community Foundation and through fundraising efforts. If you or someone you know have experienced sexual violence, you can phone GRCC in confidence on 1800-355355.

The annual report is available to view on their website www.galwayrcc.org



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