Saturday 16 December 2017

Love is not always enough when you're only human

Let's act on our good intentions and make sure women like Bernadette Scully don't become isolated

MOTHER: Bernadette Scully outside court with her partner Andrius Kozlovskis (left). Photo: Collins
MOTHER: Bernadette Scully outside court with her partner Andrius Kozlovskis (left). Photo: Collins
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

There will be a lot of people quietly celebrating the acquittal of Bernadette Scully this weekend. There will be a lot of people still upset that the laws of the land are such that this woman had to undergo the pain of a trial. But equally we must accept that of course there had to be a trial, that society has to have boundaries and lines. But equally, thank God, justice was done in this very sad case.

And now we must ask the bigger questions. Because too many people understand how little Emily Barut died. Too many people understand the isolation and the desperation and the exhaustion that could lead to this tragic accident. It is no exaggeration to say that too many people this weekend are thinking, 'There but for the grace of God go I'.

We like to think we live in a happy-clappy world these days when it comes to disability. There's nothing we like more than a cute viral video of a kid with Down syndrome getting his hair cut or something. We take 30 seconds out of our day to have a look, and think how cute it is. And we move on with our day, feeling better about the world.

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