Marie Collins has campaigned for the protection of children and justice for survivors of clerical sexual abuse since bringing her own priest abuser to justice in 1997. A founder member of the Irish depression support group, “Aware,” she set up their voluntary Helpline service and later became a founding director of One in Four, Ireland.
With other survivors, Marie lobbied the Irish government for the setting up of the Commission of Investigation into the Dublin Archdiocese - the Murphy Commission – which issued its report in November 2009. In 2010 Marie was one of the joint recipients of the Irish Humbert Summer School award for Courage. Marie has spoken about her experience as a victim of clerical sexual abuse at a number of international conferences including the symposium on child sexual abuse held at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in February, 2012. She is a founder Trustee of the Marie Collins Foundation, a UK NGO dedicated to the needs of children, young people and their families for whom sexual abuse and harm has arisen via the internet and mobile technologies.