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One in Four expresses outrage and dismay following the Late Late Show’s treatment of issue of child sexual abuse

One in Four, the national charity which supports women and men who have experienced sexual violence, wishes to express in the strongest possible terms its outrage and dismay followings tonight’s Late Late Show treatment of the issue of child sexual abuse.

"Whilst One in Four believes that an appropriate and balanced discussion which seeks to explore the perpetration of sexual violence against children has considerable merit, we do not believe that the Late Late Show is an appropriate forum for such a discussion. Tonight’s interview by Pat Kenny was grossly irresponsible, misguided and ill-considered", said Colm O'Gorman, Director of One in Four.

"That Pat Kenny conducted such an interview without ensuring input from a professional qualified and experienced therapist to challenge the distortions of this convicted pedophile was grossly irresponsible", added O'Gorman. "During the interview Kenny allowed his guest to assert that it was common practice for therapists working with victims of child sexual abuse to advise them to ensure they avoided contact with children as they might themselves sexually abuse children. At no point did Pat Kenny challenge that suggestion, nor did he seek to explore the basis for such an extraordinary and unfounded suggestion. I know that this will be a cause of great distress to victims of abuse and their families. I am appalled and
frankly, sickened by such thoughtless and ignorant disregard for the hurt that this is likely to cause many people. One in Four wishes to refute any such suggestion that victims of child sexual abuse are likely to abuse children."

One in Four also believes that the decision to follow such an item with an interview with a comedian and then with an item involving adults stripping was in appalling taste and displays scant appreciation of the sensitivity and delicacy required when dealing with the issue of child sexual abuse.

One in Four intends to lodge complaints with both the RTE Authority and the Broadcasting Complaints Commission.


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