Monday 11 December 2017

Breaking silence

• I refer to the new laws on child protection, and your Editorial Comment of April 26 last, in which the following quote appeared: "Justice Minister Alan Shatter referred to a sensational recent case involving incest and other crimes.

"Although this case was untypical, nobody can feel comfortable about the length of the period, many, many years over which the crimes were committed or the disastrous effects on the abused." The word "untypical" jumped out at me. I wonder who has decided that these awful cases were untypical? It is untypical that they make the courts and therefore that they make the papers. But untypical -- no.

Abuse, sexual and emotional as well as all other forms of it are very much the order of the day for lots of children in Ireland.

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