Wednesday April 8, 2020

Cover Story: Speak no evil

When victims of sexual abuse speak out, they can often find themselves isolated from family and friends, with little support from the authorities, writes Deirdre O'Shaughnessy.

20th April, 2013
'Those reporting abuse risk years of uncertainty and the stress associated with an impending confrontation, the fear of ultimately not being believed, and the personal risks associated with reporting a crime.'

Victims of sexual abuse are encouraged to report the crimes against them - but when they do, they can often find themselves isolated from family and friends, with little support from the authorities and the legal system that are supposed to help them. Deirdre O'Shaughnessy reports.

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In the past 20 years, Irish society has undergone a sea-change in relation to sexual abuse. Institutions have been held responsible and people have been jailed. Talk of 'Children...

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