All the other girls and I were thrown in the trash sim­ply for be­ing women and want­ing some jus­tice Vic­tim’s agony over Face­book pics on porn site

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY SYLVIA POW­NALL

were tens of thou­sands of views. The com­ments were ter­ri­fy­ing. “Un­known men ask­ing for my ad­dress, how they would love to tie me down and ‘rip me to pieces’. “To this day I can’t have my photo taken for fear of where it will end up. If there is a fam­ily photo I have to step out. I’m not on any so­cial me­dia ei­ther.” The woman still lives near Mee­han in Shan­non town where she says opin­ions are di­vided and some men “still don’t think he did any­thing wrong”. She con­tacted us over the “lack of jus­tice” which is mak­ing it even harder for her to come to terms with what hap­pened. She re­vealed: “I have passed him twice in the town and both times he smirked. “The judge said he has a great life ahead of him. “For what? To Girls were tar­geted Evan Mee­han laugh at us? What kind of jus­tice sys­tem do we have when the crim­i­nal gets to choose his fate but the vic­tims are left in the dark?”

She also told how the or­deal has taken away her abil­ity to trust any­one.

The woman said: “I have no friends, no re­la­tion­ships.

“I suf­fer from anx­i­ety, in­som­nia and just com­plete dis­be­lief.

“Dis­be­lief that I and all those other young girls have been thrown in the trash sim­ply for be­ing young women and want­ing some damn jus­tice. There has not even been an apol­ogy.”

Mee­han, from Dernish Lawn, Shan­non, ad­mit­ted up­load­ing 30 im­ages of lo­cal teenage girls, most of whom went to the same school as him, to a porn site be­tween Oc­to­ber 2013 and

Our story as charges are struck out last month

June 2014. The of­fences came to light af­ter a num­ber of girls pre­sented them­selves to Shan­non Garda sta­tion on June 30, 2014. One of those women, Daire Hickey Mcgovern, spoke on ra­dio ear­lier this month voic­ing her dis­ap­point­ment with the lack of a con­vic­tion.

She added: “It was in­cred­i­bly vi­o­lat­ing, it was very trau­ma­tis­ing.

“There should be more leg­is­la­tion when it comes to cy­ber crime. It’s hap­pen­ing to more and more women.”

There was pub­lic out­cry af­ter Judge Dur­can praised un­em­ployed Mee­han, now 24, for tak­ing steps to im­prove his life.

He said: “You have a great life ahead of you. There is no con­vic­tion or no or­der against you. The case is dead if you want to keep it dead.”

I have passed him twice in the town and both times he smirked EVAN MEE­HAN’S VIC­TIM SHAN­NON, CO CLARE

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