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Irish Times Weekend Review cover story: "I was eight when my brother started coming into my room"

Cover story, The Irish Times Weekend Review, October 15. This was the opening feature in an ongoing series of articles about child sex abuse, an issue that is poorly understood. Many offenders are teenagers. Most are relatives or friends of victims. Few are 'paedophiles'. To keep children safe, we need a new understanding of abuse patterns, and new solutions. The work was supported by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund, and part of the work was carried out in collaboration with historian Fin Dwyer. It was the most read article online that weekend and has helped shed light on a challenging issue.