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One in Four Annual Report 2006 launched by Minister for Children Brendan Smith

“There is an urgent need for broader, more considered responses to child sexual abuse and sexual violence generally. We must look beyond the criminal justice system alone and do much more to support victims, families and communities and treat perpetrators.” – O’Gorman

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 organisations annual report for 2006 by Minister for Children Brendan Smith TD, One in Four’s Director Colm O'Gorman said, “The experience of those affected by sexual violence and their families is that often the only response available to them is to seek the prosecution of the perpetrator. However, the criminal justice system can do nothing more than attempt to secure a conviction and regrettably, the experience of many victims and their families of that process is that it is very often destructive, traumatic and ultimately unhelpful.”

“Only three in every thousand sexual offences perpetrated upon a child in Ireland result in a prosecution.  If the only response we can offer as a society in such cases is to occasionally prosecute perpetrators and fail to put in place therapeutic interventions for victims of abuse and other family members, including the perpetrator or perpetrators, then we have failed to meet their needs or act to prevent further harm.”

“One in Four is convinced that we must begin to find new ways of addressing sexual violence. We must work with families and communities affected by sexual violence in a new and more engaged way. We must of course respond to the needs of those who have been victimised as a priority but we must also recognise the impact on those living with victims and the need to work with perpetrators to prevent further abuse. Families and communities need and deserve support; we must do more to respond to that need”, said O’Gorman.

One in Four is calling for broader and better resourced services to address the complex needs of all those impacted upon by sexual violence. This must include greater resources and services for victim support and crucially, family support and perpetrator treatment programmes.

Highlights from Annual Report 2006:

Overview                      1,991 individuals accessing services in 2006, an increase of 33% on 2005

Psychotherapy             8,909 hours of psychotherapy, an increase of 52% on 2005

5,489 one-to-one sessions, an increase of 46% on 2005 

3,420 hours of group psychotherapy, an increase of 62% on 2005

Advocacy                    

736 individuals accessing service, a decrease of 3% on 2005*                                 

On-line Support          

3.8 million hits recorded on our website, an increase of 9% on 2005

901 registered users of on-line support space, up 112% on 2005

* It should be noted that there was an increase of 162% in the numbers of women and men accessing One in Four’s Advocacy Programme in 2005 when compared with 2004. This remarkable increase was as a result of the publication of the Ferns Report in October 2005.

The One in Four Annual Report 2006 can be downloaded at www.oneinfour.org/about/annualreport2006

 
 

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