Welcome for report identifying failings in sex abuse cases


Irish Times
A GARDA inspectorate report identifying shortcomings in the force’s handling of child sexual abuse cases has been welcome by Rape Crisis Network Ireland.
Director of the network Fiona Neary said the organisation recognised that the Garda had been improving its child protection practices, and that past failings of the State were being learned from.
She particularly welcomed the inspectorate’s strongly expressed view that those making allegations should always be believed and only a tiny percentage were ever found to be untruthful.
“If we do not listen to victims we fail to gather best evidence. For the victim, not being believed can be devastating and silencing.”
The report by the inspectorate into how the Garda handled child sex abuse cases concluded the level of co-operation between the Garda and HSE was so poor it exposed children to further risk.

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