Rape victim gives police ‘35 abusers’ names’

Abuse victim Mairia Cahill has passed on the names of around 35 alleged abusers to the gardaí and PSNI.

Ms Cahill said she feels more people will now come forward following recent allegations made by Louth man Paudie McGahon.

Earlier this week, Mr McGahon, 40, from Louth, revealed he was raped by a senior republican in the 1990s and was made to face a ‘kangaroo court’ in 2002.

His claims follow those made by Ms Cahill in October when claimed she was raped by a senior IRA figure as a teenager and then forced to confront her attacker in an IRA ‘kangaroo court’.

Speaking on RTÉ radio, Ms Cahill said she had personally provided the names of around 35 alleged abusers to gardaí and the PSNI.

“What is fact is that there are between 30 and 40 names that have been given to the gardaí,” said Ms Cahill. “I spent days with the gardaí giving very detailed, lengthy statements in relation to information that I had picked up along the way.

“So if you take it that a perpetrator rarely abuses one child or one person, so they will continue to abuse. So the least figure that I would be putting on it is about 60... I went certainly with I think around 34, 35 names.”

Ms Cahill also said she had been in regular contact with other victims and believed more will now reveal their experiences.

“Victims will come forward,” she said. “I warned people five months ago that this would happen, that we would be in this situation. One of the reasons that Paudie said he did come forward is because he said he was so angry watching Gerry Adams during the Dáil debate.

“I tried to tell people and I felt like I was banging my head off a brick wall saying: ‘This happened. It happened on a wide scale. There are traumatised victims out there. They are going to feel compelled to come out into the spotlight.’ And that is what’s happening and I think it could be stopped fairly easily by Sinn Féin admitting it.”

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said that it had received an increased number of calls in the wake of Mr McGahon’s revelations

“Paudie has shown immense courage in coming forward and he has said himself that he got the courage from Mairia Cahill when she broke her silence,” said Ms O’Malley-Dunlop. “It’s terribly important when people break their silence they have the supports that are available there because the message from us is that with the support, while you’ll never forget what happened to you, you can come through it.”

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