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LETS CALL A SPADE A SPADE 
Male Privilege and just how
dangerous it is to us all
by Paula Kavanagh 

LETS TELL OUR STORIES OF ABUSE 
The dangers of keeping your childhood sexual abuse to yourself
by Joyce Kavanagh

VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN POSITIONS OF POWER 
The influence childhood sexual abuse has on our decision making abilities
by Paula Kavanagh

DOES CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE CHANGE WHO YOU ARE FOREVER?  
Can you ever be healed from the impacts of CSA or does it become part or your DNA?
by Paula Kavanagh

WHY PEOPLE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP   
The questions we really should be asking are who is voting for him and why?
by June Kavanagh

CHILD ABUSE AND ANXIETY/PANIC ATTACKS  
children that experience trauma are more likely to have increased anxiety and depressive behaviours
by Paula Kavanagh

THE IMPORTANCE OF SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS  
The belief is held that teaching children about their bodies and sex will destroy their innocence.
by June Kavanagh

WHY VICTIMS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE DON’T SPEAK OUT!  
10 reasons why victims of childhood sexual abuse don’t speak out.
by Paula Kavanagh

A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE IS NEEDED!    
Our intention is and always has been to help improve the lives of victims of sexual abuse.  To achieve this, we need to help people understand this crime.
by The Kavanagh Sisters

PERFECTIONISM – A WAY OF DEALING WITH CHILDHOOD TRAUMA   
Dr.Brené Brown says perfectionism is one of the three main ways people protect themselves from getting hurt.
by Paula Kavanagh

THE AFTERMATH OF THE BELFAST RAPE CASE   
This case caused a palpable shift in thinking about casual sex and how consent is given and understood.
by June Kavanagh

HOW CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE IMPACTED ME – A PERSONAL ACCOUNT   
You cannot answer that question easily.  In my mind the answer is enormous I had to become/create an entire new me
by June Kavanagh

ARE WE READY TO FACE THE TRUTH  
The church did the ground work and prepared all of us, albeit unintentionally, to be sexually abused.
by June Kavanagh

RAISING AWARENESS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE TRIGGERS  
Feelings of fear or panic that often appear to come out of the blue and without any warning or connection to anything that is happening at the time.
by Paula Kavanagh

HOW DO WE FIX OUR BROKEN PEOPLE   
There are at least 900 thousand Irish citizens currently living with the impacts of abuse.
by Paula Kavanagh

CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE AND PTSD  
Most of us will have heard of PTSD and we associate it with soldiers following a tour in a war-torn country. We don’t tend to connect it with adults that have suffered child abuse.
by Paula Kavanagh
 

GETTING IT RIGHT – TO REPORT OF NOT TO REPORT   
Leaving individuals with the question of ‘who and should I report my suspicions to’? is not going to help anyone.
by Paula Kavanagh

DEAR 16 YEAR OLD ME  
I know you are going through a rough time now, and my wish is that this information may help you.
by Joyce Kavanagh

GERMAINE, GERMAINE, GERMAINE!  
Like most women and men who have experienced rape, we read Germain Greer’s call for punishment for rape to be reduced with anger and disbelief.
by The Kavanagh Sisters

RELATIONSHIPS AFTER ABUSE – A PERSONAL JOURNEY  
Many people ask if it is possible to have a relationship after you have been abused and the answer is yes. It does however, depend on you.
by Joyce Kavanagh

NEW REVOLUTIONARY TREATMENT FOR CHILDHOOD TRAUMA 
I couldn’t believe that this new revolutionary treatment is ‘New’ and not standard practice across all child treatment programmes.
by Paula Kavanagh

MOTHERS DAY – A SURVIVORS GUIDE   
For those of us whose childhood were filled with abuse, this time of the year can bring up the hurt and pain for a mother’s love you never got to experience.
by Joyce Kavanagh

SEXUAL ABUSE HAS NO GENDER PREFERENCE  
The first time I heard that boys were being sexually abused, I was genuinely shocked.  I never expected it and It added another dimension to this crime I hadn’t expected.
by June Kavanagh

FATHERS DAY – A SURVIVORS GUIDE   
Those of us who have suffered abuse at the hands of our father, will not welcome this celebration. This time of the year can be highly triggering and unsettling.
by Joyce Kavanagh

IS 2018 REALLY THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN  
Oprah Winfrey’s powerful acceptance speech for the Cecil B. Demille award at the Golden Globes, 2018 was inspirational as she announced that the ‘Time was up’ for abusers with particular reference to powerful and brutal abusive men.
by The Kavanagh Sisters

A SURVIVORS GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS   
Christmas time can be overwhelmingly social.  We can live for it or dread it. For some, Christmas is not a time of celebration, but a time we hate. Society tells us that to be alone is sad and there is a societal belief that no one should be alone at Christmas.
by Joyce Kavanagh

CONSISTENT SENTENCING FOR SEXUAL PERPETRATORS  
When you read the horrifying statistics around the reporting of these crimes and how few cases make it to court we must ask what we can do differently.
by The Kavanagh Sisters

PAEDOPHILES – MONSTERS OR HUMAN  
The media’s portrayal of paedophiles as monsters generates and supports fear. This portrayal can prevent us from seeing them as actual human beings. We have labelled them, categorised them and no longer think of them as human.
by June Kavanagh

HOW DO JUDGES GET IT SO WRONG?  
As survivors of childhood sexual abuse, we are hurt, disappointed, shocked and insulted at some of the sentences judges hand down every day for crimes of sexual abuse.
by June Kavanagh

SEX OFFENDERS – NOT IN MY BACK YARD  
So, what are we to do with those individuals that are convicted of sexual offences. Do we put them on an island and leave them to fend for themselves? Do we take them out and shoot them? Do we castrate them?
by Paula Kavanagh

SHAMEFUL VERDICT SENDS ALL THE WRONG MESSAGES  
The only way abuse can survive is through secrecy and silence and the message that victims will hear, is that the judicial system neither understands the full impacts of abuse, or values the fact that abusers need to be held accountable for their crimes.
by The Kavanagh Sisters

TO CATCH A PAEDOPHILE     
What does it say about our justice system when ordinary parents can pin these predators down with a bit of effort and very little resources and, yet the Gardaí are unable to do the same.
by Joyce Kavanagh

NO JUSTICE, NO WINNERS! 
This case will probably do far more good in the long run, not only for the girl herself, but for the worldwide movement for equality for women.  She will probably never know how many people support her, believe her, and have been moved to tears, and to action because of her.
by June Kavanagh

YOUNG OFFENDERS – WHAT ARE WE TO DO?  
Juveniles committed 45% of sex offences in 2016. It was also reported that sexual offences are one of the few crime categories where offending rates by young people are on the rise with an increase of 39% from those figures reported in 2015.
by Joyce Kavanagh

A SIGNAL TO SOCIETY    
Why as a society are we not outraged by Judges that are afforded the rights to pass sentencing on crimes that they clearly have no idea of the lifelong impacts they have on their victims.
by Paula Kavanagh

DECISION TO PROSECUTE- WHAT I WISH I KNEW BACK THEN    
The decision to prosecute or not is a very complex and personal choice. It certainly was not a decision we took lightly, and I was not aware at the time of just how difficult the legal process would be.
by Paula Kavanagh

WHAT MESSAGES ARE WE SENDING OUR CHILDREN?  
We would like to respond to yesterday’s sentencing of a 30 year- old man who received two life sentences for repeatedly sexually abusing and raping two young children from Athlone.
by The Kavanagh Sisters

HOW CAN THEY SAY NO?  
As long as our society, and especially those that come into contact with victims of abuse, either in a professional capacity or simply as a support, continues to remain ignorant about abuse and its impacts, our children and grandchildren will be having the same conversations in the years to come.
by The Kavanagh Sisters

MOTHER  – A POEM   

I usually don’t feel anything
even though Its Mother’s Day
my childhood really messed me up
so it’s always been this way

by June Kavanagh 

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