Last year the RCNI provided support to 2,541 individuals, an 11% increase since the previous year.
Altogether, the counsellors working at the centre provided a staggering 20,727 hours worth of counselling support to men, women and children – most of whom were seeking support after experiencing sexual violence.
The year before also saw an increase in the number of individuals getting in touch with the service, with 2011 reporting a 9% rise since the previous year – suggesting that the need for services such as RCNI is actually growing and not diminishing.
Chairwomen and director of Rape Crisis Midwest, Miriam Duffy, has urged health minister Dr James Reilly not to put a stop to the funding.
Duffy explained how it already takes a great deal of courage and strength for a survivor to reach out for support, which is what makes the cuts even more alarming. Speaking of the cuts Duffy said:
“Therefore, it is with great sadness that we have had to affect cut backs because we know that these cuts mean that we cannot fully meet survivors’ needs at the time they need it. Any further cuts in the forthcoming 2013 budget will inevitably result in fewer services for survivors.”
The lack of services will now mean that some individuals will have to journey to different counties in order to attend support sessions.
If you are a survivor of sexual violence and are struggling to come to terms with what has happened so that you can begin to move forward, talking with a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist may provide a good first step.
Counselling could help you to explore and understand how you are feeling in a completely confidential environment.
For further information please visit our Sexual Abuse page.
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