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One in Four Annual Report 2006 launched by Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney

One in Four calls for increased provision of services to victims of abuse, support for families affected by abuse and a greater focus on perpetrator treatment as a child protection response.

One in Four, the national charity which supports women and men who have experienced sexual violence, today called for a broader and more considered approach to the issue of sexual violence.

Speaking today at the launch of the organisation's annual report for 2005 by Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney TD, One in Four’s Director Colm O'Gorman said, “Government and those working in the area need to work to develop broader and more considered responses to sexual violence. If we are to effectively address this issue we must ensure that we develop approaches and services which work to meet the needs of victims of abuse, their families and communities and which recognise that perpetrator treatment is an essential child protection measure.”

“Only three in every one thousand sexual offences perpetrated upon children in Ireland lead to a prosecution; the greatest bar to child protection and abuse prevention is the low rate of reporting and prosecution. Even where reports are made and prosecutions result, those most impacted upon, victims and their families, are often left entirely devastated by their engagement with the very systems to which they turned for help. If we are to properly address sexual violence and child abuse we need to reform and refine both our criminal justice and child protection systems to ensure that those affected by child abuse feel more able to report.”

One in Four is calling for increased provision of services to victims of abuse, support for families affected by abuse and a greater focus on perpetrator treatment as a child protection response.

“Our criminal justice and child protection systems must work to encourage and enable the reporting of child abuse, rather than simply manage the small percentage of cases currently reported”, said O’Gorman.

Highlights from Annual Report 2005:

1,492 women and men accessing support in 2005

Psychotherapy:                           

5,873 hours of psychotherapy

3,763 one-to-one sessions, up 30% on 2004

2,110 hours of group therapy, up 55% on 2004

Advocacy:                           762 women and men supported through in-depth case work, an increase of 162% on 2004

Website 2005:                    3.5 million hits on website in 2005

Significant findings:      

37% of those in psychotherapy reported abuse perpetrated by a family or step-family member.

32% of those in psychotherapy reported clerical or institutional sexual abuse.

55% of all those accessing core services were men.

The Report can be downloaded at www.oneinfour.org/about/annualreport2005 from 11am.

 
 

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