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FAQ Regarding One In Four Ireland

How did One in Four come about?

One in Four was founded in the UK when a group of therapists in private practice found that a significant number (70%) of their clients disclosed sexual abuse. Whilst individual therapy was in the main effective and helpful there were needs that could not appropriately be met through individual psychotherapy .It was decided to found a organisation the could work to address the wider needs of that client group. They were also interested in creating a community space that spoke from the experience of sexual abuse and that offered a voice that spoke from that experience. The name One In Four came from research that tells us consistently that 25% of children are sexually abused in childhood.

How long is the Organisation established in England?

The organisation was founded in January 1999 and launched its services in Feb 2000. One In Four became a registered charity in the UK in June 2002.

What made you decide to open an office in Ireland?

Following on from the public and media attention that resulted from the screening of the BBC documentary Suing the Pope we decided to explore how we might establish an Irish arm of One In Four.The London office was inundated with calls, letters and e-mails from Ireland and a web site established to give access to the service from Ireland was recording 2,000 to 3,000 hits per day. Colm O'Gorman approached the Irish Government to discuss how to proceed and was encouraged to put concrete proposals to government. It was made clear that the Government would welcome the establishment of an Irish One In Four.

Who funds the Irish office?

The service is funded by donation, government grant and service agreements with statutory agencies.

Was it difficult to get funding?

Funding is a major concern for any charity. One In Four we have been lucky to be able to capitalise on the high profile of sexual abuse both socially and politically in Ireland. However we need to ensure that the long-term future of the charity is guaranteed by developing long term secure self-generated funding.

How was the response in Ireland to the opening of the office?

The response has been amazing; we have been swamped with offers of support and help and feel very optimistic about the future of One In Four Ireland. What is also clear is that the organisation has struck a chord with prospective service users with the service swamped with contacts from people seeking support. We have also been approached by other organisations interested in working in partnership with One In Four and by policy makers on a national level.

Have you noticed a difference between the needs in the U.K. and in Ireland?

The need in Ireland in terms of scale is very similar, however levels of public awareness in Ireland are much higher than in the UK. Thus far the services are directly comparable, however given the Irish focus on clerical sexual abuse there are clear cultural differences with the UK. Our major challenge now is to broaden public perception if One In Fours work. We need to ensure that people are aware that One In Four is not a clerical abuse support organisation but rather a charity that works to support women and men who have experienced sexual abuse regardless of where and by whom they have been abused.

What are the long-term plans for One-in-Four in Ireland?

We have plans to establish a residential crisis space that will provide an alternative to psychiatric care for people in crisis and provide residential therapeutic support for people who need higher levels of support. We also plan to develop forums to facilitate the development of innovate policies to address sexual violence and abuse. We will also develop public awareness programmes that will seek to develop wider public awareness of sexual abuse and its impact on women and men who have experienced sexual abuse.


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Support and resources for people who have experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual violence.