Trigger warning: rape, abuse, distress.
An Irish man has been handed down two consecutive life sentences for the rape and abuse of two young girls (age 6 and 9) in county Athlone, Ireland.
But this is not about him, or the political system. This isn’t even about justice being served. This is about two young children, on the cusp of adolescence, who probably still enjoyed the sunshine, the sound of chains clanging on their bikes, and the laughter of their friends.
Their own supportive and grieving families came forward to the media with the following statements:
We have all been touched by this evil.
The youngest victim’s father has since stated that the families must now “live everyday” with this nightmare, and that his daughter has since experienced severe anxiety, has difficulty sleeping, and sees “creepy men” everywhere.
Her mother emphasised:
Words cannot express my hurt, anger and pain. I feel I am living a nightmare I can’t wake up from
Justice Paul Carney, upon handing down the charge, stated that he found it “too upsetting to rehash the details,” such were the harrowing statements involved in the court case. But, once again, this is not about the court case, or the judge, or the details involved. The is about two little girls.
Those girls will never again experience the same innocence and trust in the world or in humankind. And how dare some selfish, inhumane excuse for a man take that away from them. How dare anyone assume that kind of power over another human being.