Rape support group launches new website

Owen Hickey

Reporter:

Owen Hickey

A NEW website providing advice and support links for survivors of sexual abuse was launched in City Hall last week.

A NEW website providing advice and support links for survivors of sexual abuse was launched in City Hall last week.

Rape Crisis Midwest welcomed Deputy Kieran O’ Donnell to launch the new site, www.rapecrisis.ie.

The website was a number of months in the making and its production was assisted by a team of volunteer law students from UL.

Director of fund raising for Rape Crisis Midwest, Verena Tarpey, explained the aims of the webiste.

“We can now provide services online. We’re hoping to make people aware of the supports, not just to women, but to men too.

“We have to make sure people don’t feel reluctant to contact us and that’s why we have to keep knocking on people’s doors and let them know we are there,” she said.

Mr O’ Donnell said.

“The website will make information more readily available to survivors of sexual abuse and it is the hope that people who may be considering talking to the centre will be more confident in doing so.”

The launch took place during an exhibition of the services provided by organisations and community groups in the Mid – West for domestic and sexual violence. Among the exhibitors were Adapt Services, Ascend, Pieta House and CARI.