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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Abuse

Last year
2022
Voices
Opinion: Child Marriage - a human rights violation happening every two seconds
Carole Wickham of Plan International Ireland outlines the needless suffering of so many young girls and what can be done to prevent it.
# misogyny
Majority of Irish people agree that pornography is harming society, Women's Aid report finds
Women were more likely than men to believe that pornography was detrimental to young people.
# Leaders' Questions
Individual in leadership role at Blackrock College 'was told of abuse allegations in 2002', Dáil hears
Labour leader Ivana Bacik claimed that survivors who approached the individual were told to “go away” and return with “proof and a solicitor”.
# Abuse
Spiritans abuse survivor says 'balance of power' has changed as he urges more to come forward
The leader of the Spiritans in Ireland, Father Martin Kelly, also issued an apology to all victims on behalf of the order.
# Courts
Security guard jailed for sexually abusing his younger sister for nearly two decades
The complainant told investigators that her older brother had sexually molested her on an almost daily basis
# Catholic Church
Vatican to launch preliminary abuse investigation into French cardinal
Jean-Pierre Ricard, a long-standing bishop of Bordeaux, admitted to a “reprehensible” act on a 14-year-old.
# Court
Man sentenced to six years for assaulting and threatening to kill his pregnant partner
The court heard that the man committed numerous offences while on bail and in breach of a protection order
# Sectarianism
'This is xenophobic abuse James McClean is getting every single week and nothing is done'
Treatment of the Irish player ‘does make you question whether sectarianism is taken as seriously as all the other abuses that go on.”
# Courts
Rapist who threatened to cut off ex-partner's fingers receives 10 year sentence
The man was convicted of two counts of rape, two of oral rape, two of sexual assault and two threats to kill or cause serious harm
# emotion
'It’s all still so raw' - Former England defender Scott opens up about childhood abuse
Alex Scott describes her father’s violent behaviour towards her and her mother in her autobiography.
# Assault
Hospitals recorded hundreds each of violent incidents by patients in 2021 alone
Galway University Hospitals said that only serious incidents were recorded because incidents of abuse and harassment are so “frequent”.
# tusla
HIQA inspection finds child sexual abuse case left waiting 11 months for initial assessment
Tusla services in the Louth Meath area were deemed non-compliant by inspectors in three areas of quality and safety.
# Abuse
Woman who accused Premier League star of rape has received abuse, UK police say
Barnet Police, part of London’s Metropolitan Police, said it was “alarmed” that the woman had been targeted.
# Courts
High Court orders rapist to pay woman €315,000 in damages
The judge said that what the man did to the plaintiff “has no place in a civilised society”.
# Church
Pope Francis apologises for ‘catastrophic’ school abuses in Canada
The pontiff said the forced assimilation of native peoples into Christian society destroyed their cultures.
# Courts
Garda awaits sentence for coercive control of his terminally ill former girlfriend
The victim told the court that he stole her cancer medication and she feared he would murder her.
# me too
Singer R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years over sex crimes
Kelly’s conviction was widely seen as a milestone for the #MeToo movement.
# Sexual Abuse
Jury finds Bill Cosby sexually abused 16-year-old girl in 1975
Jurors found that the entertainer intentionally caused harmful sexual contact with Judy Huth when she was a teenager.
# statement
Meath GAA air 'disgust' and condemn recent abuse
‘We would question their true intentions and if they are supporters at all.’
# Court
Dublin man jailed for abusing his sister-in-law during the late 1970s
Aileen Ryan Wright said that while the court process was difficult, she did not regret coming forward.
# One in Four
'Slicing myself open': Sexual abuse survivors say making statement to gardaí is re-traumatising
Participants in new research have called for reform within the criminal justice system.
# Abuse
Amnesty International report into Qatar World Cup work highly critical of Fifa
The organisation has been urged to do more to end abusive practices in the Qatari private security sector.
# history lecture
Zoom lecture on violence against women in Ireland disrupted by sexist abuse and pornography
Lecturer Dr Mary McAuliffe said she was labelled a ‘bitch’ and a ‘c**t’ by individuals who crashed the event.
# Australia
Australia PM apologises for decades of abuse, bullying in parliament
The apology comes after staffer Brittany Higgins said she was raped by a colleague in 2019.
All time
# Interview
The former Ireland international who’s become a leading advocate in football’s me-too movement
Ciara McCormack on the NWSL abuse scandal and other similar controversies that have plagued sport.
# Support
'Myth-busting' crucial to combatting relationship abuse, Women's Aid research finds
Three in five young people have experienced or know someone who has experienced intimate relationship abuse.
# Abuse
English club hand lifetime ban to supporter who sent racist message to opposition player
The abuse came to the attention of Port Vale following their 3-2 win over Orient on 2 October.
# Offline
'It's a very hostile, toxic place to come into' - Phil Jones explains why he left social media
The Man United defender, who hasn’t played since January 2020, says young players need to be mentally strong to deal with online abuse.
# Abuse
Chelsea working to identify fan responsible for sectarian abuse of John McGinn
The Blues have launched an investigation after a video circulated online.
# Abuse
'This type of hate is so exhausting and never ending' - Sloane Stephens
The 2017 champion lost to Angelique Kerber 5-7 6-2 6-3.
# Unacceptable
Wigan write letter to rival clubs over abuse of James McClean
The Ireland international re-joined the Latics from Stoke last week.
# Abuse
Ian Wright condemns ‘disgraceful’ behaviour as Leicester fans abuse him and Keane
Wright and Keane were working at Wembley for the Community Shield yesterday.
# jesuit order
Former Belvedere headmaster told inquiry allegations of abuse were not properly investigated
The headmaster “believed he was acting in the interests of the institution in protecting it from scandal”.
# Threats
Covid denier is a 'person of interest' in Holohan and Glynn phone harassment investigation
Senator John McGahon said Facebook has “spiralled out of control”.
# Abuse
'I'll no longer believe I'm a bad person' - Irish marathon runner Scullion explains Olympic U-turn in powerful statement
The 32-year-old had announced that he was withdrawing from the Tokyo Games over the weekend.
# Jesuits
'I was disgusted by it': Former Belvedere College pupils claim priest assaulted them
An Garda Síochána determined that a crime was committed but the priest in question died prior to a complaint being made.
An Garda Síochána determined that a crime was committed but the priest in question died prior to a complaint being made
Órla Ryan speaks to two men who say they were assaulted by Fr Brendan Kearney in the 1970s and 1980s
"He used to call the boy in question with this finger slowly - that boy would know exactly what was going on"
# Abuse
Ex-United boss Stoney: Trolls should be 'ashamed' following abuse over Wrexham job links
The former England defender left her role as Manchester United Women head coach last month.
# ongoing trial
Girl tells Munster trial that she does not think two of the accused did anything to her
The evidence was heard in the trial of three men and four women accused of sexually abusing three children between 2014 and 2016.
# breaking the taboo
'I do not want any other child, any other young person or athlete to go through what I went through'
Psychotherapist Karen Leach shares her lived experience and explains why more must be done to prevent children being harmed.
THE MORNING LEAD
'I got an Instagram message saying 'your days are numbered' - but the thing is, this person was easily traceable'
A report by
Órla Ryan
Online abuse is now widely seen as part of the job of an elected official.
Virtual abuse is now widely seen as part of the job of being an elected official, Órla Ryan and Christina Finn write
A number of politicians speak out about the vile insults directed at them - and their children
Irish politics needs more women and minorities to run for office, Hazel Chu says
New hate crime bill with tough sentences gets government approval