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One in Four publishes its 2004 Annual Report…

Responding to the hurts of the past in the hope of reshaping the future

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Brian Lenihan T.D., today launched the second Annual Report of One in Four. The report which details the work of the Charity, which provides support and resources to women and men who have experienced sexual violence, covers the period to the end December 2004.

One in Four works to respond to events that are, in the main, historic experiences of sexual violence. In responding to the hurts of the past we hope to reshape the future; in looking back, our aim is always to facilitate moving forward. In the experience of that work we are informed of issues and concerns that require more public examination. One in Four’s work in the public arena is a direct result of and fully informed by the work we undertake with individual clients. Often this work, both therapeutic and practical, leads to public advocacy such as our successful campaign for an investigation into clerical sexual abuse in the Diocese of Ferns. One in Four’s demands for that inquiry, our work on the development of its terms of reference, our work to provide practical and therapeutic support to witnesses attending the inquiry and our submissions as to the recommendations contained in its final report, will now lead to much improved child protection in Ireland. In this way we can clearly see how the vital work of supporting those have been victims of past abuse can lead to improved protection from such abuse for our nations’ children, and our children’s children.

Speaking at the launch of the report Colm O'Gorman, Director of One in Four, said, “In this report we demonstrate the need for the services we deliver and the value of those services. For the first time we include a section in this report which explores the service from the perspective of our clients. In understanding the nature and significance of our work, it is vital that those accessing the service be able to express their view as to the quality of the service we provide.”

The year to the end of December 2004 has seen a significant increase in the levels of service One in Four delivered on the preceding year. The organisation delivered 3,440 one-to-one psychotherapy sessions to 235 clients, an increase of 61%. The 1,359 hours of group psychotherapy delivered marked an increase of 151% in the same period. The organisations Advocacy Programme reported a significant increase in demand and delivered support to 291 clients. In 2004 One in Four’s website recorded 3.4 million hits in the 12 month period. “That such a level of service was delivered in a year where the Charity saw a decrease in available financial resources is testimony to the cost-effectiveness and professionalism of the service”, said O’Gorman.

 
 

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