175 people on Dublin Rape Crisis Centre waiting list

CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Noeline Blackwell

A heightened awareness of consent is one of a number of reasons why there has been an increase in young people seeking help from rape crisis centres.

175 people are on the waiting list at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre with some people waiting up to 8 months to be seen.

Counsellors around the country have reported children as young as 12 reaching out.

CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Noeline Blackwell, says they are always working to highlight the issue of consent.

"[We are] trying to get people to recognise that non-consensual sex is sexual abuse," said Ms Blackwell.

"A lot of this harm is preventable if people are given the emotional information, the sexual relationship information that they need in order to make better decisions."

More on this topic

Rape cases increased by almost 80% since 2014

Taxi driver case prompts concerns over enforceability of bail conditions in sexual offence cases

Justice Minister launches 'No Excuses' campaign highlighting sexual harassment attitudes

Victim of rape urges mass demonstration on International Women’s Day

More in this Section

Ireland to give €5m to help Palestinian refugees

Fiona Dowd targeted by ‘mob mentality’

Community 'outraged' as Luke Kelly statue is vandalised

Man shouted at ex-wife on sideline as they watched son play football, court hears


Ask a counsellor: ‘Why does my husband hate that our daughter’s dating a man going through divorce?’

Check-mate: Gingham- the easy summer style win

Four of the most important post-workout stretches you should be doing ...

Checked the electrics lately? 7 signs your home needs rewiring

More From The Irish Examiner