The Kavanagh Sisters
We are three sisters, Joyce, June and Paula Kavanagh. We are three of ten children, six boys and four girls born and raised in Dublin, Ireland in the 1960’s. We where each sexually abused by our father for over two decades. In 1989, we made the decision to bring charges against him and, in 1990; the Irish state took a successful case against him. He was convicted and sentenced to a term of seven years and was released having served five years.
In September 2011 we wrote our first book entitled ‘Click, Click’ which detailed our childhood experience. This book went straight to number one on the Irish non-fiction bestseller list. The book has been described as being “a powerful, emotional and sometimes harrowing story of childhood abuse.”
Our message of hope has resonated with readers not only in Ireland but across the UK. Following our UK appearance on ITV’s This Morning with Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, on May 3rd, 2012 the book went straight to number four on the Amazon UK bestseller list and went on to number three in the UK nonfiction best-seller list and stayed in the top ten for 10 weeks.
In December 2017 we self-published our second book ‘Why Go Back? 7 Steps to Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse’. This is a book of hope for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It is a unique resource that manages to blend theory with practical examples of how abuse can manifest in the lives of its victims. It provides real-life experiences of the variety of conditions and disorders that can develop as a result of being abused and what they look like in real life.
It is our intention to promote a greater understanding of childhood sexual abuse and encourage and motivate change.
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When our first book ‘Click, Click’ was published in September 2011, we were invited to be interviewed on TV and radio, in both Ireland and the UK. We wanted to use these interviews as a way of normalising the conversion around sexual abuse and in some way, deliver the messages in a way that people could hear the detail but also the message of hope for survivors. This video is an interview we did on ITV’s This Morning programme with Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
Why Go Back? 7 Steps to Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse
by The Kavanagh Sisters
‘Why Go Back? 7 Steps to Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse is a book of hope written by survivors of childhood abuse for survivors and those who support and work them. This is a practical and engaging book that will bring hope and inspiration to sufferers to embark on, and dedicate themselves to overcoming the damage caused to their lives as a result of being sexually abused.
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