Chief Executive of Children at Risk in Ireland Mary Flaherty has described funding for services for victims of child sexual abuse as a "disgrace".


Her comments come as CARI publish their report for 2013 and 2014, which found that there was a 29% drop in the number of therapy hours available for victims due to cutbacks.


The report also shows that children who have been abused may have to wait up to 12 months for therapy.


Ms Flaherty also said it is a serious issue that there may be further cutbacks to already inadequate therapy services.


"We've some indication along with other charities that our funding for this year may be cut further.


“That is extremely serious for us but it's more serious for the children of Ireland. It's not as if there are other services out there and it's not as if the State is providing a service anywhere else and that we're an optional extra."


She continued: "In many cases, we are all there is. And it does not so much mean that CARI has been cut, but the existing inadequate services to children for therapy when they've been abused are being worsened rather than improved. They don't exist in many parts of the country, so I think it's a real disgrace."


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Source:  RTE News