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CARI’s response to the discovery of a new born baby girl’s body in Wicklow recycling facility

PRESS RELEASE
Thursday 5th March 2016.


CARI offers support to children and young people who have had unwanted sexual experiences and who may be impacted by the news of the discovery of a new born baby girl’s body in Wicklow recycling facility.

We in CARI are saddened and shocked that in this day and age a woman cannot get the help she needs to deal with a problematic pregnancy. Without knowledge of the circumstances of the mother we can only speculate about how such a tragic end should have happened.

Unfortunately precedent shows that this may not be unique. For those who may be struggling in private CARI’s CEO Mary Flaherty today offered the support of the CARI services to anyone affected by the case.

Ms Flaherty said, “ CARI wishes to draw attention to its Helpline and other services where CARI supports children and young people who have unwanted sexual experiences and encourages anyone with a concern to phone 1890 924 567. Nobody needs to suffer in silence”

Ireland has precedents that rocked our nation and changed our understanding of such tragic events most strikingly the death of  Anne Lovett and her baby.

While Garda appeal for the mother to come forward and are conducting post-mortem, the facts of this case remain unclear, but there is no doubt that many in our country will be deeply affected by hearing the facts of the case.

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Contact;    
     Mary Flaherty CEO
0879582250 or maryflaherty@cari.ie

CARI
Founded in 1989, CARI (formerly Children At Risk in Ireland) is one of Ireland’s leading voluntary providers of therapy to children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse. CARI provide a Helpline, CASS (Child Accompaniment Support Service) and therapy service.

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CARI calls on new government to prioritise the passage of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill.

CARI calls on new government to prioritise the passage of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill.

CARI welcomes the implementation of the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme in Northern Ireland and believes it has struck the right balance between child protection and the rights of offenders. Protecting children should be at the centre of all government policy when dealing with children.


‘We believe that the confidentiality process of Northern Ireland’s version of the UK’s Sarah’s law will keep the balance between appropriate information to parents where necessary and an offender’s right to engage in therapeutic invention.’ says Ms Mary Flaherty, CEO of CARI.


CARI calls on the incoming government to prioritise the passage the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill which will provide similar provisions in this jurisdiction which will allow An Gardaí Síochána will have the power to disclose the name, address and, where known, the level of risk posed to the public of a sex offender to appropriate people.

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CARI’s response to the second closure of CASATS

PRESS RELEASE
Friday 4th March 2016.


CARI calls on HSE to take urgent action to ensure the immediate reopening of the State’s only 24-hour treatment service for children and adolescents who have been sexually assaulted in Ireland.


CARI is outraged at the second closure of the State’s only 24-hour treatment service for children and adolescents who have been sexually assaulted: the Galway-based Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Treatment Service (CASATS). CASATS provide forensic examinations of children aged 14 and under who have been sexually assaulted or raped.Since July 2014, CARI has provided an accompaniment service CASS (Child Accompaniment Support Service) for children and families attending CASATS. The service is led by CARI and provided by seventeen volunteers on a twenty four hour all year basis.

Eve Farrelly Co-ordinator of the service says “Forensic examinations can help and aid criminal convictions of child abusers. Criminal convictions protect children all over the country; convicted offenders can serve custodial sentences, can be registered on the sex offenders list and can avail of therapeutic intervention.There are seven centres for adults and now not one dedicated service for children aged 14 and under.


Children who attend CASATS not only receive a gold standard forensic examination, they are also linked in with CARI’s CASS service who provide both on the spot support at the unit and continued support in the aftermath of an examination.”

 

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CARI’s response to Dame Smith’s report into Jimmy Savile‚Äôs decades of sexual abuse

PRESS RELEASE
Thursday 25th February, 2016.

CARI today responded to Dame Smith's report into decades of sexual abuse and rape at the BBC.

Dame Janet Smith stopped short of finding senior management turning their backs on victims, however her report found them responsible for a culture of sexual discrimination and harassment in which sexual predators like Savile and Stewart Hall could flourish. A deeply hierarchal structure also contributed to this.  It is a serious indictment of the BBC and while many of the offenses relate to the 70’s and 80’s, the most recent case occurred in 2004. The range of offenses is truly harrowing. Amongst the 72 victims, there were 8 victims of rape with a child as young as 13 yrs. old and the youngest child we know about, who was subject to abuse, being only 8 yrs. old.

CEO Mary Flaherty says “CARI has pointed out before that the easiest place for an abuser to hide is in plain sight and in trusted and respected positions. It’s a challenge to all organisations now to ensure that they have the highest level of child protection policies and practices in their organisation whether big or small, private or public, state or voluntary. One of Dame Smith’s most concerning findings, was that there were 5 different opportunities missed to stop their criminal behaviour and protect children in their care. Our thoughts are with those victims who will need time to respond to this report and who will have views as to its adequacy.


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Contact;  Mary Flaherty CEO

CARI
Founded in 1989, CARI is one of Ireland’s leading voluntary providers of therapy to children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse.

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