St Mary of the Angels

KERRY RAPE & SEXUAL ABUSE CENTRE

Established in 1992 Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (KRSAC) is a unique service for all female and male survivors and young people aged 14 and over who have experienced sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. The mission of the Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (KRSAC) is to prevent the harm and heal the trauma of rape and sexual abuse.

Our main objectives are to reduce the distress and suffering of people affected by sexual violence through the provision of therapy, support and information, and to increase awareness of sexual violence and its impacts within the wider community. To deliver these objectives, we provide a range of trauma-informed support services for survivors of sexual violence, including short-term and longer-term professional therapy, support, advocacy, court accompaniment, outreach, group support and services for family members. We also deliver an awareness programme on Sexual Consent & Healthy Relationships to young people in different educational settings. The services are delivered by a team of highly qualified accredited therapists.

In its first year KRSAC received 60 calls. In 2017 we received over 1500 calls, provided 2200 counselling/therapy sessions and 1000 advocacy hours including accompanying 10 clients to court. One in four people in Ireland will experience some type of sexual violence in their lifetime and the funds raised from this year's Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle are vital to help us maintain and expand our services to young people and the delivery of our outreach therapy services so that no victim of sexual violence has to suffer in silence. News of sexual violence has been dominating the headlines for months now. This has led to an unprecedented demand not only for our counselling services but also demonstrates that our work to prevent sexual violence is needed now more than ever.

We welcome the opportunity to work with cyclists and fundraisers as part of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, that share our commitment to supporting those who have been affected by sexual violence.

For every €100 raised we can provide:

  • Three additional therapy sessions.
  • Three support sessions for families.
  • Accompany a client through their court case.
  • Deliver our awareness programme to an additional 30 young people

Inspirational Stories

Dear manager of KRSAC, I’m writing to say a huge thank you for the help support and kindness your Centre has provided for me. I was in a bottomless pit in complete darkness not knowing what was wrong with me. The day I made that call to your Centre was the best thing I have ever done. Since then with the help and support of my wonderful counsellor I’m now on a much brighter journey of understanding and healing I have a long way to go but I now know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I know without her ongoing support and help I wouldn’t be writing this. I will be always grateful to your Centre for saving my life. You are doing amazing work. M ay the good lord reward each and every one of you.

Thanking you from the bottom of my heart.

(A Grateful client)

 

Court Accompaniment:

I felt very isolated and intimidated, having my counsellor there was my only support, she understood the workings of the legal system and explained everything to me, without her I don’t know how I would have got through it

I spent 4 days in court and felt like a spectator in my own case, giving evidence and being cross examined was so hard, my counsellor stayed with me throughout the whole case and was a great source of support to me and my family when we got the verdict

I knew where to look when I was giving evidence, so I wouldn’t have to look at him, my counsellor had shown me around the court before the trial and explained all the procedures

 

Clients Re Counselling:

  • “ I have nothing but deep appreciation for the services provided by the Centre, and sincere admiration for the way these services are carried out”
  • “Counselling a person through the effects and difficulties of child sexual abuse, to my mind would take an enormous amount of patience, time and understanding. Throughout my counselling at the Centre I never felt under pressure, everything was at my pace”
  • “I felt very nervous the first time I attended the Centre, but they gave me so much reassurance that I felt at ease and able to keep returning”
  • “The first day I walked into in the Centre was one of the most terrifying days of my life, but it was also the first day of the rest of my life”