Five 13-year-olds treated in Rotunda's sex-assault unit in one year

Five girls aged just 13 were treated at the Rotunda's Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in 2012.

The Dublin hospital's annual report shows that 318 men and woman presented for help at the facility and three quarters of those had taken alcohol.

The statistics also show that two thirds knew their attacker but one in five chose not to report the assault to the Gardaí.

Medical Director at the Sex Assault Unit Maeve Eogan said the age range of those presenting was quite broad.

"We saw people ranging from the age of 13 to the age of 78…In 2012, we saw five girls less than 14 years," she said.

"Even though our services are primarily for those over 14 years, it can sometimes be hard for paediatric services to be accessed (so) we look after those children here as well."

The Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) was established in 1985, and was the first dedicated unit of its kind in Europe.


More in this Section

Coronavirus and Brexit negotiations add pressure to form government – TánaisteCoronavirus and Brexit negotiations add pressure to form government – Tánaiste

Trócaire study: Disasters resulting from climate change kill 14 times more women than menTrócaire study: Disasters resulting from climate change kill 14 times more women than men

Man held in Keane Mulready-Woods murder probe releasedMan held in Keane Mulready-Woods murder probe released

Athlone horse trainer's stables hit for third time in 11 years as flooding impacts several areas across country  Athlone horse trainer's stables hit for third time in 11 years as flooding impacts several areas across country


Lifestyle

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman who’s growing resentful of her widowed mum’s needy behaviour.Ask a counsellor: My mother is so clingy since losing my dad – what can I do?

More From The Irish Examiner