‘We’re delighted with rape sentence’

A LENGTHY sentence handed down yesterday to a vicious rapist may encourage more victims to report sexual attacks.

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre welcomed Mr Justice Paul Carney’s 12-year jail term for Dubliner Richard Finn.

“We’re delighted with Justice Carney’s sentence,” said the centre’s chief executive, Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop.

“It sends out a very good message to victims and will encourage them to come forward.

“It also sends out a message to perpetrators that they won’t get away with this level of violence.”

She said the horrific broad daylight attack had sent out a negative image to foreign nationals thinking of relocating here. But overall, she said, it could encourage more victims of rape to report attacks against them.

“It was absolutely horrific. She endured two hours of sexual violence,” said Ms O’Malley-Dunlop. “It was a heinous crime.”

Ireland has one of the lowest report rates for sexual crime in Europe.

According to the Dublin Rape Crisis Service, only one-in-10 cases of sexual assault are reported to gardaí.

The latest figures available for calls handled by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre showed 15,781 calls from victims in 2006. The centre operates a free, round-the-clock helpline: 1800 778888.

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