Kerry Rape And Sexual Abuse Centre Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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Photographed at Muckross House on Saturday, where The Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre celebrated their 25th Anniversary were organiser Bernie McCarthy, KRCC Chair person Carol-Anne Coolican, KRCC Manager Vera O’Leary, Muckross House Trustee Geradine Rosney and Michelle Rosney. Photograph by Sally MacMonagle.

THIS year, Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (KRSAC) will be celebrating 25 years in existence. To celebrate this milestone, several events have been planned for 2017.

The first of these celebratory events took place on Saturday, March 11 at the School House at Muckross House & Gardens. Soprano and Harpist, Marina Cassidy led an evening of music, dance, and words to symbolise hope, healing, support, and joy.

The production represented the struggle to find one’s voice when it seems impossible to speak, to be heard, to understand the reason why and to contemplate moving forward.

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Over 130 invited guests enjoyed the evening’s performance. The evening concluded with guests being offered a wonderful array of hot and cold canapes provided by the team at Muckross.

KRSAC Chief Executive Vera O’Leary expressed her gratitude to the artists who donated their time and talent in support of the evening. The Board of Trustees and staff at Muckross Estate were acknowledged for their generosity in providing the venue for the evening.

Vera made special mention of the extraordinary work undertaken by the KRSAC’s Board, staff and volunteers . “Their contribution is significant and has made a real difference in so many lives.  We will continue to assist and support in whatever way is required of us.”

KRSAC provides a range of free professional counselling & support services to women and men affected by sexual violence. In its first year Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre received 60 calls. In 2016 this number has risen to 1500 calls, over 2000 counselling sessions and 1000 advocacy hours

KRSAC has been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and would appreciate any cyclists who may not yet have registered to consider cycling for the organisation.

The financial support is vital to ensure KRSAC can continue to respond to the many men and women in need of their services. You can sign up using this link.

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