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All-island process on sexual abuse

Editorial | Eagarfhocal

Anyone who has any information whatsoever about any child abuse should come forward to the authorities, North or South

THE public debate around sexual abuse has brought very sharply into public focus the fact that in a society, and at a time in the North where large sections of the population did not trust or engage with the RUC, victims of abuse were failed.

Sinn Féin has proposed the establishment, through the North/South Ministerial Council, of an all-island process to deal with the issue of support mechanisms for those who were victims of sexual abuse during the conflict.
Such a process would empower all victims and survivors of abuse to fully avail of existing services to get the justice they need and deserve.

Sinn Féin is committed to a process which will support all victims, regardless of whether they were failed by republicans, the RUC, the state or loyalists.

No one should be living in fear and no child should be at risk.

Anyone who has any information whatsoever about any child abuse should come forward to the authorities, North or South, and they will have the full support of Sinn Féin in doing so.

Relevant contact details:-

www.tusla.ie  – Tusla, the Child and Family Agency

www.garda.ie – For your local Garda

www.psni.police.uk – For your local PSNI

Rape Crisis Network Ireland 24-Hour Helpline – 1800 77 88 88

Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Centre (Belfast) – 028 9032 9002

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