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One in Four Online: 3.59 million hits scored in the 12 months since re-launch of website

One in Four, the national charity that supports women and men who have experienced sexual violence, today announced that its online support service has recorded in excess of 3.59 million hits since it was redesigned and re-launched in August 2004.

One in Four first launched a web based referral and support service in April 2002 in advance of the establishment of its Dublin based psychotherapy and advocacy services. This site has seen significant growth in traffic since its redevelopment in August 2004. The site which has recorded a total of 5.375 million hits since January 2004, provides online support, information and statistics on sexual violence, national and international news sections and press archives, links and referral information to other services - both nationally and internationally, information on One in Four’s services, its public awareness and campaigning work and a community art space.

“The enormous success of this service speaks of the need for dedicated and specialist support services for women and men who have experienced sexual violence, whether as children or as adults”, said Colm O'Gorman, Director of One in Four. “The use of internet and technology based solutions is an essential and very successful aspect of our efforts to provide a means through which people can break silence and seek meaningful support. Accessing a site such as ours is often the first step for many who may fear seeking face to face support until they have explored the options and services available and developed the confidence to reach out for help.”

One in Four is particularly encouraged by the number of international visitors to the site with 40% of hits coming from North America, 51% from Europe and the remainder from Asia, Oceania and South America. Whilst the charity has been confident that it is reaching those in need of support in Ireland it is important that it should also be working to provide information and assistance to those women and men who may have left Ireland as young adults.  

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