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ONCE VIBRANT: Michelle Hennessy committed suicide after she had been sexually assaulted; even with love and support, the damage done by a sex attack can be insurmountable

ONCE VIBRANT: Michelle Hennessy committed suicide after she had been sexually assaulted; even with love and support, the damage done by a sex attack can be insurmountable

ONCE VIBRANT: Michelle Hennessy committed suicide after she had been sexually assaulted; even with love and support, the damage done by a sex attack can be insurmountable

IN the photo, Michelle Hennessy, 25, looks serenely beautiful. Her red hair catches the light and she gazes wistfully into the middle distance as if she recalling a fondly held memory.

As I looked at that image of Michelle – who took her own life in 2012 – across the print media this week, I was powerfully reminded of a girl I used to work with many years ago. For the purpose of this article, I'll call her Jessica. At 17 she was a little younger than Michelle, but the similarities are still striking.


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