CARI concerned at domestic abuse of children

A support group for victims of child sex abuse has expressed concern at the rate of abuse within families.

A support group for victims of child sex abuse has expressed concern at the rate of abuse within families.

CARI (Children At Risk in Ireland) said in its annual report that more than a third of calls to its helpline last year related to children who had been sexually abused by a family member.

Speaking at the launch of the report, CARI clinical director Alan Corbett said legal changes were also needed to increase the proportion of cases that are brought before the courts.

"We're calling for a much more child-friendly way of working with the child, who may find the law as it stands absolutely impossible to understand and terrifying to deal with it," he said.

"That's not just felt by the children. It's also felt by parents and other carers who are currently being failed by a legal system which doesn't really take into account the many complexities of a child sexual abuse case."

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