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.

“Thank you for your outstanding contribution and inspiring participation last week during our expert consultation on better data and research on violence against children. Your expertise and enthusiasm made our consultation a critical platform to help shape our future agenda on data and research. The meeting was also a symbol of hope because you showed that despite the existing challenges and gaps, there is much we can build on to raise awareness and promote effective policy and action to eliminate and respond to violence against children.” Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children