Sunday 24 June 2018

Dr Ciara Kelly asks victims of #IrishWeinstein to contact her, 'try to right this'

Dr Ciara Kelly wants to see rapists brought to justice. Photo: David Conachy
Dr Ciara Kelly wants to see rapists brought to justice. Photo: David Conachy
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Dr Ciara Kelly is calling for sexual abuse victims to contact her, after she revealed a woman came to her with allegations of rape.

The Newstalk presenter revealed the alleged perpetrator of the rape had also acted inappropriately towards her.

She said she did not know the woman who approached her to make the allegation, but she believed her.

Speaking to the Irish Independent yesterday, she acknowledged going public with such allegations against an unidentified person was a difficult issue to navigate.

"This is a very difficult area and I think there's no doubt that this is probably uncharted territory and that a boundary is being pushed by doing this.

"Having said that, I've seen the various people, and not everyone who disagrees with me is a troll, but there are people who have expressed what could be termed valid concerns," said the star of RTÉ's 'Operation Transformation'.

"But my feeling on it, because I did think about this beforehand, is that the more important issue is, if there is - and I believe it is the case - someone who has serially abused women over decades in Ireland, that it would be brought to justice and those women would have some recourse. I think that remains the most important issues - the women that have been affected, like the woman that came to me."

Dr Kelly took to Twitter to highlight the case and used the hashtag #IrishWeinstein, a reference to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein against whom 82 women have made allegations of sexual abuse.

Dr Kelly shared details of the harassment with friends who she said told her the man "beat his wife" and would offer girls lifts home but "the passenger door handle was broken - they couldn't get out".

The woman who made the rape allegation told Dr Ciara that there were "lots of us".

On Twitter, Dr Kelly called on other women who might recognise the man, and have been affected similarly by him, to contact her and "try to right this".

She said one of the positives of social media was that it could amplify small voices "so they become a roar".

Irish Independent

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