In Ireland research has shown that one in four children (27%) will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. Despite well publicized scandals and reports, many Irish people remain unable to respond to this problem and the long term damage it creates individually and at societal level.
One in Four’s vision is an Irish society where children are safe from the threat of sexual abuse. We want Ireland to move from a society where one in four is sexually abused, to a society where nobody is abused.
One in Four gives voice to the people who have experienced sexual abuse and provides a space that by its very existence challenges feelings of shame, isolation and self blame.
From our Dublin offices we support individuals, families and groups with expert and specialised psychotherapy. One in Four’s team of skilled and knowledgeable advocates support people dealing with the practical aspects of the aftermath of abuse, e.g. child protection services. We will continue to offer this vital service.
We aim to develop and increase our busy advocacy service which provides vital support during the criminal justice journey from initial reporting through to trial.
We will continue to develop our prevention services to attempt to reduce the instances of child sexual abuse occuring.