Abuse has to be dealt with, says Senator Mairia Cahill
Irish Labour Senator Mairia Cahill has called on election candidates in the Republic to make dealing with domestic and sexual abuse a priority for the next government.
"The experts on both sexual abuse and domestic violence are the people who have suffered from it," she said, but added that the experts in dealing with it were the agencies "on the coalface of the issue, day in, day out".
The west Belfast woman alleged she was raped by a suspected IRA member when she was a teenager in 1997.
She has further claimed the IRA conducted its own inquiry into her account, subjecting her to interrogation and forcing her to confront her alleged attacker.