A younger Donegal lady who was raped by her father as a baby and sexually abused by him over 4 years has stated she needs to eliminate the stigma of abuse after blaming herself for what he did.
Karen Harkin, from Buncrana, gave sufferer influence proof on the sentencing of her father, Michael Carter, who was discovered responsible final month of 1 depend of rape and 25 counts of sexual assault when his daughter was aged between 9 and 12 years outdated.
The court docket heard Carter, aged 55, doesn’t settle for the jury’s verdict.
Ms Harkin’s mother and father have been separated and the court docket heard the abuse occurred when she was visiting her father’s rented home.
In her sufferer influence proof, the 22-year-old stated the whole lot was nice together with her father till she was 9.
She stated she didn’t know why issues had modified then. Earlier than that, she would spend time with him “farming, drawing, horse using, watching TV”. She stated he made her snicker and made her blissful.
However Sergeant Michael McHugh outlined to the court docket that when Ms Harkin was 9, her father began making her watch pornography on tv, abused her usually and on one event raped her.
Michael Carter will likely be sentenced tomorrow.
For full story see https://www.rte.ie/information/2023/0724/1396190-michael-carter/
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