The centre also provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated package of care to promote recovery and well-being with follow-up support.My role is to ensure the smooth running of the service and lead an inter-professional team in safeguarding the needs of victims of sexual abuse/violence and in promoting their recovery. I work Monday to Friday, but like so many other health and social care services, it is important to be flexible and this may include working in the evenings and weekends. I have been employed since 1998 both as a social worker and a manager, working with children and families, many of whom had experiences of being sexually abused.Desmond Robinson, from Kintullagh Court, appeared at Antrim Crown Court last Thursday for sentencing. After hearing from the prosecution and the defence, Judge Desmond Marrinan said he wanted time to consider the sentence.Robinson, a well-known yoga instructor, pleaded guilty in December to 10 charges - six of indecent assault on a female and four of gross indecency towards a child.“A police colleague recently told me about the work of Viktor E Frankl who wrote: ‘When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.’ This resonates with me on both a personal and professional level,” says Karen. I am the service manager of The Rowan, Regional Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Northern Ireland, Jointly funded by DHSSPS and PSNI.It provides a one-stop location, 24-hour care and support, 365 days a year for all victims, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, ability or sexual orientation, who have experienced sexual assault, whether recently or in the past.Robinson, a well-known yoga instructor, pleaded guilty in December to the charges which relate to two females and date back to the late 1980's.
The court had heard Robinson sent letters to his victims apologising for his "sick and shameful treatment" of them.
Desmond Robinson (73), from Kintullagh Court, was sentenced for six indecent assault charges and four of indecency with or towards a child on Thursday (February 16) at Antrim Crown Court.
Judge Desmond Marrinan took two weeks to consider the length of jail sentence he would pass down.
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