Half callers to helpline abused as children
More than half of all adults who phoned a State-funded counselling service said they were sexually abused as children, new figures reveal.
The Connect phone counselling service answered 2,565 calls from January to June - but 360 calls made during opening hours went unanswered due to funding constraints.
The figures for the first half of 2015 show that 63pc of callers reported emotional abuse and 31pc spoke of being physically abused in childhood.
"Some 60pc of callers said that their abusive experiences took place in the family home with 13pc reporting being abused by their father, 9pc by their mother, 5pc by a brother and 14pc of callers reported multiple abusers," said a spokesman.
One in four of callers were abused in institutional settings. While 42pc did not reveal who their abuser was, 25pc spoke of clerical abuse and 17pc said it happened in convents.