THE Rape Crisis Midwest has launched a hard hitting video on rape and sexual assaults, as part of their awareness and fundraising campaign.
The one-minute video, entitled What Happens Next Matters, shows a woman going out on a first date with someone, with horrifying consequences, and is intended to start “a new conversation about sexual violence”.
“We are delighted to be launching this powerful and hard hitting video,” said Miriam Duffy,director of Rape Crisis Midwest.
“We hope it begins a new conversation about sexual violence. Most people who are raped already know the person who raped them and have some sort of relationship with them. Survivors are never to blame. This is why what happens next matters.
“Here at Rape Crisis Midwest we offer a safe and supportive space for survivors and those impacted by sexual violence to get the information and help they need, but we rely on the support of the community to meet the demand. Everyone deserves support and the chance to heal,” she said.
She advised that the video is being shared with a trigger warning as people may find it upsetting. With this video, people are also given the opportunity to donate €4 by texting RAPE to 50300. Only one text per 24 hours can be registered and at least 3.25 will go to Rape Crisis Midwest. The video was kindly developed for Rape Crisis Midwest by the award winning production company Cashmere Media. Rape Crisis Midwest would like to thank Tony Callaly, producer, and Connor Maloney, director of Cashmere Media, and the actors Roisin O’Neill and Steven Tully.
The service was forced to close centres in Ennis and Nenagh last year, while operating a “skeletal service” in Limerick.