Friday 23 June 2017

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre reports 33pc increase in the number of victims seeking support

The Dublin Rape Crisis Network is concerned about the significant rise in victims seeking support in the aftermath of sex attacks in the region.
The Dublin Rape Crisis Network is concerned about the significant rise in victims seeking support in the aftermath of sex attacks in the region.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The number of sexual assaults reported to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre increased by a third in the first eight months of 2015 in comparison to the previous year, a spokesperson for the organisation has said.

CEO of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Ellen O’Malley revealed that the organisation is concerned about the significant rise in victims seeking support in the aftermath of sex attacks in the region.

“The figures are very concerning. There has been a rise in the number of rape and sexual assaults reported to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Reports increased by 33pc in the first eight months of 2015 compared to the first eight months of 2014, which is alarming,” she said.

Recent reports have suggested that online dating apps were responsible for 400 reported attacks in the UK in 2015 but Ms O’Malley revealed that she cannot link the apps to the Rape Crisis Centre’s figures.

Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop, Director of the Rape Crisis Centre
Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop, Director of the Rape Crisis Centre

“The increase is clearly very concerning but we cannot relate the 33pc to dating apps without evidence, which isn’t supported in the figures.”

Meanwhile Gardai urge users of online dating apps to take precautions when deciding to embark on a date with someone they've met online.

“It might seem obvious, but the simplest advice we can give if you are deciding to meet with someone you haven’t met with before would be to organise to meet in a very public place,” a Garda spokesperson said.

“Don’t choose a quiet location.

“Secondly, a person is more vulnerable on their own so it would be our advice to bring a friend along with you at least for the first meet up,” the spokesperson said.

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