In today’s Irish Examiner we read that Fiona Doyle, who was subjected to horrific abuse at the hands of her father, is also looking for answers from her mother, who she alleges, facilitated the abuse by failing to protect her. The article can be accessed here.
Facilitators of child abuse take many forms, but they all share the common trait of failing in their duties to protect children. If you have no idea how this works then you are one of the lucky ones, because the rest of the population knows exactly how it operates.
For every paedophile there is at least one facilitator, for serial offenders they have a circle of facilitators, these may be either individuals or institutions, or both. These facilitators allow child abuse to happen whether they are aware at the time or not.
Irish society is no different to any other society. We have our rotten apples and they were allowed to spread their rot. So to ensure that every child is protected and that all our children are safe, we must examine how paedophiles operated in the past and operate now in our society along with their circle of facilitators.
Facilitators give child abusers access to children, they give character references in court, they ignore and minimise complaints. They are accessories to abuse and must to be investigated if we are serious about tackling child abuse; past, present & in the future.