Scouting Ireland Abuse Report“I still don’t sleep at night, it still haunts me. And that affects everyone around me.”

As heard on liveline

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Colm Bracken, David Smyth and Paul O’Toole gave their reactions to Joe Duffy on Thursday’s Liveline to the Report on Historical Sexual Abuse in Scouting, released today by Scouting Ireland. All three men, Colm, David and Paul were sexually abused as children by the convicted sex abuser and former scout leader, David O’Brien, of Benburb Street in Dublin. Colm, Paul …

Overcoming Sexual Abuse“Every time I’m telling this story – and anybody that has been abused will identify with this – you’re re-living it a little bit.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Clare Garda Robin Grace spoke to Ray D’Arcy on Tuesday about a safety app he is developing aimed at young people. It’s designed to provide support and protection to children and young people as they navigate social media. Robin also shared his personal story about coming to terms with the sexual abuse he suffered as a young child, in which, …

Amy Barrett“I didn’t understand why dad was doing this to me. I thought maybe this is just what dads do.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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(Caution – this article contains details some people may find distressing) Her father was jailed yesterday for raping her and regularly abusing her sister. This morning, Amy Barrett spoke to Seán O’Rourke. It was a searing and powerful interview. Seán started by asking Amy if she knew from the start that what was happening to her was wrong. She replied, …

‘I had my first child 6 years ago… She will never know the gift she gave me.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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On Monday morning Anne Kelly spoke with Ryan Tubridy about the horrendous abuse she suffered at the hands of Eamon Cooke.  She was just 7 years old when he began to abuse her.  She was instrumental in his conviction and imprisonment and spoke in detail to Ryan about her ordeal. Following Anne’s interview, another listener to Ryan’s programme decided to …