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Podcast Episode 41: The Kavanaugh Sisters: Unveiling Abuse, Seeking Justice, and Surviving Trauma

By Karen Robinson

Heal Thrive Dream 

After making the brave decision to prosecute their father for abuse, the Kavanaugh Sisters face a unique dilemma when they are asked to be part of a documentary and confront the shame of the abuse by removing their anonymity, inspiring them to take a journey of self-discovery and healing.

"No matter how difficult it may seem, never give up on discovering who you are and what you are capable of achieving - even if it takes 20 years."

The Kavanaugh Sisters (Joyce, June and Paula) are three sisters from a disadvantaged area in Dublin, Ireland, who bravely brought charges against their father for two decades of sexual abuse in 1989. They were successful in their case and their story is now depicted in their documentary and two books.

Kavanaugh Sisters made the difficult decision to prosecute their father for his abuse. When a documentary crew asked them to go on camera and tell their story, they agreed without hesitation. Despite their father's attempt to stop the documentary, it was successful and the sisters were able to start breaking down the myths of abuse. Through writing their two books, Click and Why Go Back?, they were able to explore their past and gain insight into the impact of their abuse and the behaviors that followed. Doing this allowed them to start healing and reclaim their lives.

In this episode, you will learn the following:

  1. How the Kavanaugh Sisters Used Their Narratives to Break Down Barriers Around Sexual Abuse
  2. Their Journey Through Unpicking Their Trauma and Understanding the Impact of Childhood Abuse
  3. The Unspoken Struggles of Overcoming Social Anxiety Despite Achieving Academic Success.

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Karen Robinson

  Karen Robinson  

About the Author

I'm licensed therapist with 25 years of clinical experience. Service driven, specializing in trauma recovery, anxiety, and depression, holistic care, and transformation to create an impact for trauma survivors globally. Services include coaching, therapy, virtual courses, digital products, and on-line memberships.

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