Sex offenders face €5,500 bill as One in Four loses treatment funding
"Due to a lack of funds, a support group for abuse victims is turning away sex offenders seeking treatment, unless they can foot the bill themselves.
One in Four says about 60% of people eventually get partial funding from the HSE, paying for the remainder themselves.
However, those who cannot access HSE funding have to find the €5,500 or forget about rehabilitation.
"Research consistently shows that effective treatment programmes reduce the risk of re-offending, yet most sex offenders in Ireland do not have access to treatment," said Maeve Lewis, the group’s executive director."
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