Tuesday 23 January 2018

Suffer the children at State's hands

How can the HSE's procedures and policies for dealing with abuse be so damaging, asks Shane Dunphy

ADVOCATE: The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan launching her report, which highlighted the experience of an 11-year-old girl after she made allegations of rape
ADVOCATE: The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan launching her report, which highlighted the experience of an 11-year-old girl after she made allegations of rape

Shane Dunphy

IN THE past week we have been bombarded with stories that seemed to plumb the depths of human depravity. News headlines resounded with accounts of abduction and child pornography.

There are no words to express how damaging child sexual abuse can be. This, one of society's last taboos, warps the survivor's relationships with both parents and siblings, tainting even the most simple of interactions. Molestation skews a child's capacity to trust anybody, not least themselves.

Sadly it is just not possible for even the most loving family to guide their wounded progeny through the dark places to which abuse can lead them. It is simply too hazardous a journey, requiring highly skilled, specially trained help.

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