Survey shows victims wait 25 years to report child sexual abuse

Tuesday 06 November 2012 19.45
Fiona Neary said it is 'particularly distressing' that survivors wait so long to report abuse
Fiona Neary said it is 'particularly distressing' that survivors wait so long to report abuse

A new report from the Rape Crisis Network has found that survivors of child sexual abuse who contacted the organisation last year had waited an average of 25 years to report the abuse.

The report also found that 65% of survivors of child sexual abuse said they were abused when they were under 12 years old.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Network Fiona Neary said it is "particularly distressing" that survivors of child sexual abuse are waiting so long to report it.

The figures reveal that home was one of the most dangerous places for those who suffered child sexual abuse.

A quarter of all male survivors and 37% of female survivors of child sexual abuse disclosed that the abuse took place in their own home.

The full national statistics and RCNI Annual Report will be formally presented at the 3rd International Conference on Survivors of Rape in Galway on Friday.

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