I led off the Seanad’s Order of Business speaking on how our judiciary is full of white, middle-aged, conservative men that are unconsciously biased in their approach to sexual abuse, in some instances showing lack of consideration for the female victim. They pass judgement on women, victims of child abuse and minorities. 69% of Irish people are unsatisfied with our sentencing regime when it comes to areas of rape and sexual abuse.
Only a 2 year sentence was handed down to a Principal that abused 11 schoolchildren. Senator Daly asks the Minister for Justice to come into the Seanad and speak about our appalling judicial system and the sentences that are handed down in this regard. Someone convicted on drug charges received a 7 year sentence but someone who abused innocent children only received 2 years. Male judges also handed down zero jail time for a crime of rape, saying the perpetrator had a “respectable background”, that it was “out of character” and that he was from a “good family”.
These are typical examples of commentary from the influx of white, middle-aged, conservative male judges that make up the Irish judiciary and the reasons why we need a larger female presence that would be able to appropriately empathise with female victims in such cases.