Mairia: Why I want to be a Labour senator
Provisional IRA sex abuse victim Mairia Cahill reveals today that she is to contest a Seanad by-election to send another message to her abuser and the IRA.
Writing in the Sunday Independent, Ms Cahill who has joined Labour, says she hopes to continue to highlight sexual violence, domestic abuse, rape and other social justice issues.
She says: "Terrible things can happen to people - and it doesn't have to be the thing which solely defines you. And, if I've proven anything over the last year to myself, it is that even when it feels like you are at the point of breaking, you can achieve what you need to if you keep going.
"And that is why I am accepting the nomination. Because, no matter what happens with it, it is a powerful reminder to me that while life is never certain, it is possible to rebuild. I hope that other victims take hope from that, and rebuild theirs also. No one should have the right to hold power over your body or your mind. For me, it's another message to my abuser, and the IRA - and those who have attacked me daily on social media since then, that you may have tried to break me, but I am not broken."