Collateral damage: the family upheaval that results from abuse
By John Meagher, October 29 2017, Irish Independent
Betrayal. It's the first word that Dr Marie Keenan thinks of when she considers the overriding emotion experienced when a family member is revealed to be a sex offender.
"That sense of betrayal is enormous," she says. "This is someone they loved, whom they thought they knew intimately, and now they are having to confront the most horrific news."
Dr Keenan, a lecturer at the School of Social Policy, University College Dublin, is one of the country's foremost experts of the impact of sex abuse - not just on the actual victims, but those other people caught in the slipstream.
"It's not just a private tragedy," she says, "but when these cases go to court and the names are published, it becomes a public matter as well and . . .