Sunday 21 October 2018

A simple question: just what was your recent 'apology' for?

An open letter to Mary Lou McDonald from the Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty

Mary Lou McDonald Photo: Getty Images
Mary Lou McDonald Photo: Getty Images

Regina Doherty

Dear Mary Lou, I'm sure, like me, you welcome the post-Weinstein ''#MeToo'' environment where victims now feel emboldened to tell their stories and speak out - and in doing so give voice and heart to other victims everywhere.

I am sure you would agree with me that, if one thing comes out of all the recent revelations and the resultant outpouring of experiences, it's better that we build a world where women are believed and listened to.

Yet, just over four years ago, a young woman gave up her right of anonymity by disclosing her rape on the BBC Spotlight programme. She detailed how at 16 years of age she was raped repeatedly by a republican IRA activist. She also detailed how allegations against the same man had been asserted by two younger girls.

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