"The Man Didn't See It As Rape, But She Did"


About this Item

Groundbreaking radio programme 'Women Today' takes a look at the work of the newly-opened Rape Crisis Centre in 1979.

  • Title
    Rape Crisis Centre
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Marian Finucane (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
  • Material Type
  • Series title
    Women Today
  • Clip title
    "The Man Didn't See It As Rape, But She Did"
  • Extended description

    The groundbreaking radio programme 'Women Today' was just over two months on the air when it broadcast this piece on the Rape Crisis Centre, which was itself only six months old at the time. The Rape Crisis Centre opened in 1979 to support victims of sexual violence. RTÉ's 'Women Today' set out to explore all aspects of women's experience in Irish society.

    In this clip, Marian Finucane interviews Mary Doran of the Rape Crisis Centre about the sort of people who contact the centre. Doran tells her it is very varied, "from the case of a woman, say, taking a lift home with a man after a dance, where the man didn't see it as rape, but she did". They talk about the case of a young girl who had been attacked by a number of boys and whose parent had rung the centre. Parents have a number of concerns in situations like this, from the effect going to court will have on a child, to someone in the neighbourhood taking it out on the girl. They are very worried that "if the fella gets put away, that he'll always have it in for her, or some of his friends will try to get her again".

  • Information

    Women Today', initially presented by Marian Finucane and produced by Clare Duignan, was first broadcast on 31 May 1979. The show was proposed by Clare Duignan to redress the inadequate representation of women in RTÉ broadcasting. Dealing with women's issues, the show was immediately popular with listeners, which ensured it stayed in a prime slot until it ended in 1985.

    This interview with Mary Doran was broadcast on 10 August 1979.

    The image accompanying this clip shows Marian Finucane in RTÉ's telephone switchroom in May 1979. It was taken for a 'RTÉ Guide' cover story on 'Women Today', published on 6 July 1979.

    The photographer was Eve Holmes.

    © RTÉ Archives 2553/078

  • Local keywords
    Rape Crisis Centre, Sexual violence, Rape, Mary Doran
  • Geographical coverage
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
  • Country of production
  • Original identifier
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)