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Fiona Doyle: There are women out there who facilitate the rape and abuse of their children

Fiona revealed today that her life story is being made into a film.

THIS MORNING WE locked up a monster. He took what he wanted from me and ignored my tears and pain and satisfied himself. He’s now gone back to where he belongs.

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Fiona Doyle said she was raped and abused by not only her father but also her uncle and her Dad’s friend- who are now both deceased.

She claimed that her uncle died just a few days after admitting to abusing her.

90368538 (1) Source: Sasko Lazarov via Photocall Ireland

Separately, the mother of five says questions should be asked about her mother’s involvement in what happened to her.

“There are women out there who facilitate in the rape and abuse of their children and they should be brought to justice for it.”

Fiona Doyle’s father Patrick O’Brien was sentenced to an extra six years in jail this morning after receiving a revised sentence for his daughter’s rape and abuse over a nine year period.

The abuse began the night before her First Holy Communion in 1973.

So Many Tears

Fiona Doyle also revealed plans for her story to go to film saying she wants to change people’s attitudes.

I want it used as a platform. I want it to change people’s attitudes on child abuse and to stop the silence and underlying acceptance that has been going on in this country.

“I want to point out the battle a victim has to go through to have their voice heard.

“Too many victims out there have not had their voice heard and I’m so grateful I’m one of the lucky ones who is sitting here today.”

90368540 Source: Sasko Lazarov via Photocall Ireland

Information about the film, So Many Tears, will be posted on its Facebook page at 9pm tonight – including who has been cast as it’s already is production.

She hopes the profits made from the film will be used to set up a new charity, the Fiona Doyle Foundation. “It will be a house where victims can come to seek solace and just talk to another victim.

That’s the plan and if I have anything to do with it it will happen.

Doyle said she has spoken to somebody who was abused every week over the past two years and it has really helped her. “Sometimes you just need to speak to another victim.”

Missing his fire 

When asked what her parents’s reaction to the new sentence would be, Fiona said:

“If I know my mum and dad, my mother will be happy because she’s not getting him back and life’s a lot easier for her, there’s no demands on her. There’s no ‘get me cigarettes, drive me here – drive me there’.

My Dad is getting well looked after. He’s getting waited on hand and foot – he’s getting the best of healthcare…all he’s missing is his fire.

However, Fiona said she has taken back control and that’s what she will do from now on.

The nightmare is over and it was worth it.

The Rape Crisis Centre provides services to those affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse. Its trained staff are at 1800 778 888.

Read: Fiona Doyle on new sentence for rapist father: “I’m not a victim anymore, I’m now a survivor”

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