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Dublin Rape Crisis Centre released a comprehensive guide to help victims of sexual violence

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre released a comprehensive guide to help victims of sexual violence
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Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) has launched a new guide offering detailed information to victims and survivors of sexual violence, drawing on real-life experiences from survivors and frontline service providers and support agencies.

Minister Simon Harris launched the guide this week to support those affected by sexual violence, as well as their friends and family.

"Finding Your Way after Sexual Violence" covers how to access medical treatment after rape or sexual assault, report to An Garda Síochána, and navigate the court process, using animations, audio testimony, and quotes.





“This guide is a comprehensive and much-needed resource that contains the voices of survivors and support workers,” said Mr Harris.

“This is written by those who have firsthand experience of all parts of the system, for those who are facing their own difficult journey.”

“Their voices provide reassurance that throughout the system, there are empathetic, professional, and dedicated people who want to help and guide victims and survivors. They understand that each person's journey and needs are unique.”

“Providing people with the information they need when they need it is crucial,” he added, “and this comprehensive guide presents all of the information in a clear, informative, and sensitive way.”

Noeline Blackwell, CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, declared that the objective is to develop a resource which will be accessible "24/7" for all people.

“It will allow them to explore the various options at their own pace, and contains not only information but also the real, lived experiences of other victims and survivors.





“At DRCC, we have been privileged to be given access to these honest, personal statements, and we believe they will be a source of strength for people on what is often an incredibly difficult journey.

“We believe they will help people understand that they are not alone, that others have gone through the same thing, that their feelings, no matter what they are, are valid, and that support is available if they need it.”

The guide is available on DRCC’s website.