Violence against women – Ireland long on silence short on action

So the Taioseach and the Dail observe a minutes silence for the International Violence against Women day (25-Nov). But in the the same breath the Irish Times reports today (23rd November page 4) that the Sexual Assualt Treatment Unit (SATU) in Dubin, which is supposed to be manned 24×7 has been forced to close over the weekend for the past month.

So if you are raped you have to wait for up to 48 hours before you can be examined in order to collect the medical evidence that is vitally necessary in all rape prosecutions.

Hospitals say the problem is lack of funding, HSE says its lack of expert personnel.

Meanwhile women who are raped at the weekend must suffer on while somebody else sorts out this problem.

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