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Sex Abuse Agency to Open Office in Dublin

Irish Times, July 27, 2002

A London-based organisation set up to help victims of sexual abuse is to open an office in Ireland next October.

One in Four was founded by Mr Colm O'Gorman, who was abused by the Ferns priest, Father Seán Fortune, as a teenager.

He remains a director of the organisation, which employs 10 staff in London. It has acquired premises at Hollles Street in Dublin where it is hoped seven staff will be in place by October.

One in Four (a statistic for the number of children who have suffered) provides therapeutic help for people who have suffered sexual abuse. Most of its work is with people who have been victims in the home, but it also deals with those who have been abused by priests and religious.

Mr O'Gorman said this week that their website, which was created specifically for Ireland following the BBC TV Suing the Pope programme last March, had received 30,000 hits since it was launched in Dublin last April following the resignation of Bishop Brendan Comiskey.