Rape victims cut off from lives - Kenny
Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30
Enda Kenny has said rape is a "shattering experience" which leaves victims of sexual assault feeling "cut off" from their lives.
Speaking at the official opening of the Rape Crisis Centre's office in Dublin, Mr Kenny also said when it comes to sex "no always means no".
The Taoiseach said bringing rapists to account for their crimes is "an absolute priority" for the Government.
He said recent Central Statistics Office figures show "rape and sexual assault continue to stalk and torture our society".
"Rape is always an outrage. An outrage that is always devastating. Devastating for the victims and for those who love them," he said.
Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop, chief executive of the Rape Crisis Centre thanked the charity's "very generous benefactor" Brendan McGonnell, who recently died, for donating the money to the organisation which enabled it to buy the building.
Yesterday, Ms O'Malley-Dunlop announced she was planning to run for the Seanad ahead of the General Election.