Marie Collins

Marie Collins, born in Dublin, Ireland, was a victim of sexual abuse as a child in the 1960's which included photographic images being taken. She has campaigned for the protection of children and justice for survivors for many years. Marie has also campaigned for a better understanding of the effects of sexual abuse on children, particularly the taking of abusive images, speaking in many forums internationally to further this understanding. 

She was a founding member of the Irish depression support group 'Aware' in 1985 setting up their voluntary Helpline which she ran for many years.  Marie assisted the Archdiocese of Dublin in setting up their Child Protection Service in 2003 and also that year became a founding Trustee of the Advocacy and Counselling support group for abuse survivors, One in Four (Ireland). In 2010 Marie was the recipient of the Humber Summer School award for Courage. She is married with one son.

My daughter, after 18 months of counselling, is back to the vibrant, fun loving girl she used to be and my husband and I have forgiven ourselves for not knowing, stopped rowing about it, repaired the damage and are very optimistic for the future. No family can sort this kind of thing out on their own. We needed expert support and guidance as well as someone being by our side helping us make sense of everything. We got all this and more from the MCF.” Mother whose daughter was groomed online and then sexually assaulted.