The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLEHER

THE Ka­vanagh sis­ters, who were sex­u­ally abused by their fa­ther dur­ing child­hood, will be among the speak­ers at a seminar in Tralee this Thurs­day.

The Kerry Rape and Sex­ual Abuse Cen­tre has joined forces with other lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to or­gan­ise “Keep­ing the Con­ver­sa­tion Go­ing”, which will be held in Manor West from 10am to 1pm.

The seminar comes amid a strong pub­lic cam­paign against sex­ual vi­o­lence in so­ci­ety from the #MeToo cam­paign.

It will put sex­ual and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on the agenda; chal­lenge vic­tim blam­ing; and send a clear mes­sage that sur­vivors will be be­lieved.

Among the speak­ers for the Kerry con­fer­ence are Joyce, June and Paula Ka­vanagh, who have bravely given their ac­counts of be­ing sex­u­ally abused to help oth­ers in the same po­si­tion.

The three sis­ters have writ­ten about their hor­rific child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences to help them­selves and oth­ers over­come the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

The con­fer­ence is part of the ‘16 Days Cam­paign – Op­pos­ing Vi­o­lence against Women’, which runs un­til De­cem­ber 10. The in­ter­na­tional cam­paign started in 1991 and is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to raise aware- ness and call for changes at an in­ter­na­tional, na­tional and lo­cal level to make women and chil­dren safe from abuse.

Del­e­gates will also have a chance to view the award-win­ning new short film ‘Si­lence is Golden’, made by four lo­cal women which ad­dresses the is­sue of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Those at­tend­ing will also be asked to wear a ‘Be­lieve Sur­vivors’ pur­ple rib­bon to show that they stand with women dur­ing the ‘16 Days’ cam­paign.

Reg­is­tra­tion is nec­es­sary on­line at: to­keepthe­con­ver­sa­tion­go­[email protected]

Vera O’Leary is Di­rec­tor of the Kerry Rape and Sex­ual Abuse Cen­tre, which has joined forces with other or­gan­i­sa­tions for Thurs­day’s seminar.

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