Tuesday 16 January 2018

To prevent child abuse, we must try to understand the inconceivable

Antoinette McLoughlin pictured leaving the Four Courts with her husband, Michael (right), after her case
Antoinette McLoughlin pictured leaving the Four Courts with her husband, Michael (right), after her case
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

I cannot fathom child sexual abuse. At all.

Don't get me wrong, it's not that I can get my head around other heinous crimes.

But with more than 10 years' experience covering criminal trials - from speeding fines in the District Court to callous murders in the Central Criminal Court - I've almost always been able to discern a sense of cause and effect between the offender and the offence.

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