How a young girl went from child sex abuse victim to a politician
RTE 5News article Rte 5News reporter Pauline Marois has spent three decades researching and reporting on the world of child sexual abuse.
She was the lead reporter for the RTE television programme Missing Children, and was also a journalist with the French national broadcaster ARD.
Now, as a political scientist at the University of Oxford, she has published a book about the abuse of children by paedophiles and their families.
She told RTE’s The Line Up: The Story of Missing Children that she was shocked to learn that the victims were largely ignored by the authorities.
She said: ”The victims in those stories were not often told they were victims of child abuse and they were often not told about the other forms of child exploitation.
“When I went back to my university I found that in some cases the child was not given a chance to talk to anyone.
It was a very small group of victims that were given a real chance to come forward and be heard and that’s why they didn’t get the support they needed.”
There was also an assumption that they were being abused by someone else, but it was always the perpetrators who were in control of the situation and they did what they wanted.
“The book traces the journey of three different young women from Paris to Belgium, France, Switzerland and the UK, who were abused by different paedophilic groups.
It also looks at how the abuse could be perpetuated, with the perpetrators being both adults and children.
The book was originally published in 2013.
It is available to buy from Amazon.
It is published by University of Exeter Press.