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Rape victims left without medical treatment at weekends

Published 26/11/2006

It has emerged that many rape victims around the country have been left without medical treatment over the past month.

Several Sexual Assault Treatment Units have had no on-call doctor at the weekends, due to a lack of funding.

Centres in Dublin have recorded a 30% increase in the number of victims they are treating, who have been turned away from other facilities around the country.

The treatment unit in the Rotunda Hospital has also been forced to close at the weekend because no doctor is available.

Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop, of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said today that more funding is urgently needed.

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