The Athlone (Midland ) Rape Crisis Centre is officially 21 years old this year.
The centre was opened on March 23, 1995, by then President Mary Robinson. However, it was actually established in 1993 by a group of dedicated volunteers who saw the need for the service in Athlone and surrounding area. Since this time it has grown and evolved to the professional counselling service it is today.
The centre offers a free counselling service to both male and female clients from the age of 14 whose lives have been affected by rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or any form of sexual violence. All counselling is provided by professionally accredited and experienced therapists.
Support is offered to family members, partners, or friends of people who have been victims of sexual violence. Information and support regarding the legal and medical processes involved with the aftermath of rape and sexual abuse is also provided.
For support, to talk to a professional on the phone, or to arrange a private counselling appointment call (1800 ) 306600. Counselling sessions are provided in Athlone, Mullingar, and Longford.