Mayor Kelleher to award the founder of the Sexual Violence Centre Cork


Mary Crilly, a founding member and CEO of the Sexual Violence Centre Cork, will receive the Freedom of the City award from Lord Mayor of Cork Colm Kelleher in appreciation of her hard work in the areas of sexual violence, domestic violence, sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, and stalking.

Lord Mayor of Cork Colm Kelleher stated on social media that he was ‘‘honoured to bestow the Freedom of the City award on Mary Crilly.’’

The Centre’s major goal is to eradicate sexual violence in society. The Centre works with a variety of community and governmental organizations, as well as second and third-year students at their universities and schools. A freephone helpline, counselling, accompaniment to court or the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit and training are among the services provided.

The Cork Rape Crisis Centre opened its doors on International Women’s Day in 1983 to give services to victims of sexual violence in Cork City and County. The Cork Rape Crisis Centre was renamed the Sexual Violence Centre in 2004 to better reflect the entire spectrum of services available, the organization states on its website.

Survivors of rape, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse can seek help at the Centre. The Sexual Assault Centre also stresses that it is open to everyone, regardless of the type of sexual violence they have experienced or when it happened, as well as their age, nationality or background.

On Thursday, June 9th, the Lord Mayor and Elected Members will host a ceremony to honor Mary’s work over the last four decades in improving the response to male violence against women, he Cork City Council stated on social media.

Participation in the Repeal the Eighth referendum, the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns, the Ask for Angela initiative, FixedIt, and Cork Against Human Trafficking are just a few examples of recent activity of the Sexual Violence Centre Cork. (photo credit: pikisuperstar/Freepik)