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Joyce Kavanagh: Silence and secrecy only empower abusers

Published 23/01/2013 | 17:00

FIONA Doyle may feel that she did not receive justice on Monday when her abusive father walked free from court on bail, but it is important that she knows that she has been vindicated, not only by the courts but by the whole country.

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Judge Carney imposed a 12-year sentence on her father, Patrick O'Brien, who admitted to a decade of abuse and rape, with nine years suspended. He has to serve three years, pending appeal, and was given bail pending that appeal.

We are all aware of who the guilty party is. Fiona has taken the brave step to speak up and place the shame and guilt at the feet of her father and what he chooses to do with that is his problem. He does not deserve another ounce of anyone's time. Fiona, you have suffered enough pain and injustice and you should be feeling a great sense of pride.

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