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Westmeath Rape Survivor Speaks Out On 'Traumatic' Experience Of Taking The Stand

Bláthnaid Raleigh waived her right to anonymity in the reporting of the case.

A Westmeath rape survivor has described taking the stand at the trial of her attacker as "a horrific experience".

Bláthnaid Raleigh, from Mullingar, waived her right to anonymity, as 26 year old Johnny Moran of Tower View, Mullingar, County Westmeath was sentenced this week.

He was jailed for eight years for the attack, which happened in Galway in 2019.

Bláthnaid says the trial was traumatic for her and her family: 

She says she's received messages from others in recent weeks, who say she has described how they feel. 

Bláthnaid says she spoke out for a number of reasons:

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, please see below for helplines:

Tullamore Rape Crisis Centre Freephone: 1800 32 32 32

Mullingar Sexual Assault Treatment Unit For advice or to book an appointment contact the Gardaí or ring the unit 044 9394239 or 086 0409952 Mon -Fri 0800- 1730.

Contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre's 24-Hour National Helpline at 1800 77 8888

It is also possible to email to counselling@rcc.ie (note that e-mails can only be answered during office hours)

For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, a text service can be reached Mon-Fri from 8am to 6:30pm, at 086-8238443 and a webchat service is available Mon-Fri, 10am to 5pm (excluding Bank Holidays). It is also open 0:00 to 3:00 on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

 

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