Rape survivor ‘still in a prison’ as attacker loses appeal

first_imgA young Letterkenny woman has said that she is living with a ‘life sentence’ after being raped in 2015.Dominique Meehan (26) said she is still suffering and living with the daily effects of a violent rape which took place as a gaming convention in Dublin. Her attacker, Keith Hearne (30) of Allenton Drive, Tallaght, lost his appeal against the severity of his 12-year prison sentence on Monday. Hearne’s sentence was upheld for the rape, oral rape and false imprisonment of Ms Meehan at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on July 4, 2015.In her victim impact statement, Ms Meehan said that her mental health, her daily life and her career have been disrupted by the attack.She said that she admitted herself to the mental health unit after learning about Hearne’s appeal and struggles with suicidal thoughts.“I was off college for a month and had to have emergency appointments at my local rape crisis centre for counselling,” she said.Ms Meehan waived her right to anonymity so that Hearne could be named after his conviction. She said that she is proud of her campaign for rape survivors and women, but she has lost friends and family who did not understand her reasons for going public.“I have no social life to speak of in Letterkenny because I’m terrified of going outside at night. It takes everything I’ve got to get up in the morning and go to college. My self esteem is non-existent. I am living at home with my parents now so they can take care of me. This is a massive loss to my independence,” she said.Ms Meehan explained that her daily actions are impacted by the brutal rape.“I can’t lock doors, I can’t sleep on my right side, I’m a movie buff and I have to spoil movies on myself to make sure there’s no violence against women in them,” she said, adding that she has nightmares about being pregnant with Hearne’s baby and self-harmed in the months after the attack.Ms Meehan, who is studying to be a youth worker, said she is struggling to complete the course and considered dropping out due to the stress of the appeal.Four years on from the attack, Ms Meehan said that she and her family cannot celebrate her birthday or Christmas, as she lives with two dates in mind – the day Hearne was jailed and the date of her rape.She said: “I’m still in a prison he has created for me on the 4th of July 2015. And I will be feeling the effects for the rest of my life. “Every year that goes on, people look at me and think that I should be over this by now. This is a life sentence. Keith Hearne only has to serve twelve years, possibly less, and then it will all be forgotten about. You tell me how that’s fair.”If you have been affected by this article, support is available with the Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre – Freephone: 1800 44 88 44 www.donegalrapecrisis.ieFor information about Sexual Assault Treatment Units, visit: http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/sexhealth/satu/Rape survivor ‘still in a prison’ as attacker loses appeal was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

5 reasons Kevin Durant should heed Reggie Miller’s advice, and 1 reason he should not

first_imgReggie Miller recently gave some advice to the Warriors’ Kevin Durant.Durant isn’t going to like it, given that Miller invoked a certain 6-letter word. That’s right: “Knicks.”Durant has expressed his exasperation over the fanciful buzz that has him leaving the Warriors for the Knicks next summer. The subject is so irksome to KD that he iced reporters for more than a week, and then, when he finally sat down with them, asked them to kindly “grow up.”There’s something amusing about a 7-foot …last_img

South African cuisine: glossary of terms

first_imgTake milk with your rooibos? Fancy some pap with your wors? Brave enough to try some skop or mashonzha? Brush up on your culinary vocabulary with our quick list of indigenous South African food terms and what they mean.AchaarImported to South Africa by migrant Indians, achaar is a pickle made of mango and oil – comes spiced. Eaten in excess, it could trigger an offensive smell of the armpits.(Image: Wikimedia Commons)AmanqinaA hoof of a cow, pig or sheep. It is boiled, then spiced for taste. It is very delicious but sticky.BiltongDried and salted raw meat similar to the beef jerky made in the USA. An older Afrikaner delicacy, can be made of ostrich, beef, kudu or anyother red meat.BobotieOf Malay origin, made with minced meat and curried spices. An egg sauce is poured on top of this and it is then baked.BoereworsA traditional spicy South African sausage made of beef or lamb. Popular at open-air braais (barbecues), where it is grilled over charcoal.Bunny chowDelicious and cheap food on the go, bunny chow is curry served in a hollowed-out half-loaf of bread, generally sold in greasy-spoon cafés.ChakalakaA salad of Indian / Malay origin made of onion, garlic, ginger,green pepper, carrots and cauliflower spiced with chillies and curry.ChotloA delicacy of the Tswana people, this is meat cut into extremely small pieces with the bones removed. The meat is first boiled, then ground before being put back into the pot and stirred until it becomes very fine. A treat for the toothless.FrikkadelTraditional South African meat balls. Made from tomatoes, onion, minced beef and other ingredients, and shaped into round balls.GherkinA small pickled cucumber, often sliced thinly and used in salads or on hamburgers.KoeksustersTraditional Afrikaner, plaited dough cakes. They are syrupy, sweet but sticky.MalaIntestines, especially those of chicken. They are thoroughly cleaned, cooked in boiled water, then fried. Eaten with pap (see below).MaotwanaLegs of a chicken boiled to remove the hard skin. Thoroughly washed, salted, then fried. Often served to school kids because of their low cost.Mashonzha Worms, similar to caterpillars in appearance. These establish their habitat in and around mopani trees found in the Lowveld areas of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Popular with the Shangaans, Vendas and Bapedi of Limpopo.MogoduTripe, thoroughly cleaned then boiled for two to three hours. Once softened, allowed to simmer before being served with pap (see below).MorogoWild spinach, the most popular being thepe; delicious when boiled, softened and served with stiff porridge.PapBoiled corn meal, often served with sous – a sauce, usually featuring tomato and onions.PotjiekosTraditional Afrikaner food, generally a rich stew, cooked in a three-legged cast-iron pot over a fire. The word means “little-pot food” in Afrikaans.(Image: Wikimedia Commons)Rooibos tea.A popular South African herbal tea made in the Cape from the Cyclopia genistoides bush. Rooibos is an Afrikaans word meaning “red bush”. Rooibos has no caffeine and less tannin than tea.SamoosaA small, spicy, triangular-shaped pie that has been deep-fried in oil. Made by the Indian and Malay communities, samoosas are popular with South Africans in general.SerobeA dish of the Tswana people. Thoroughly washed, then boiled mixture of tripe, intestines and lungs. They are cut into small pieces with a pair of scissors before being spiced to add taste.SnoekThis is a popular and tasty fish, caught off the Cape coast and often eaten smoked. If you’re lucky, you may get to experience a snoek braai – a real South African treat.SkopHead of a cow, sheep or goat. The head is first scrubbed with a sharp instrument like a razor to remove skin and unwanted parts like ears and the nose are then cut out. The head is then boiled and allowed to simmer.TingA dish favoured by the Tswanas in both South Africa and Botswana. It is a sour porridge made of sorghum – great soft porridge for breakfast!UmngqushoA delicacy among the Xhosa people, this is samp (maize kernels) mixed with beans. It is boiled over three hours then mixed with beans. Salt and oil are then added and the dish allowed to simmer.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materialReviewed September 2016last_img read more

Allow citizenship to immigrants from Pak., Bangladesh, Afghanistan without question, Meghalaya HC tells Centre

first_imgThe Meghalaya High Court has asked the Central government to bring in law to let people of religious and ethnic minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan get citizenship without any cut-off year or any questions asked.Justice S.R. Sen said: “I am confident that only this government under Shri Narendra Modiji will understand the gravity, and will do the needful as requested above.”The Modi government had introduced the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in Parliament.It seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, and provide citizenship to migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who are of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian extraction. Several parties and organisations in the Northeast are protesting against this Bill.Writ petitionAllowing a writ petition file by Amon Rana, an Army recruit who was denied domicile certificate by the Meghalaya government, Justice Sen said that the Centre should have a law allowing Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos from neighbouring countries to live in India “with full dignity without making any cut-off year and be given citizenship without any question or production of any document”.In a 37-page judgment, he said that such people “may be allowed to come at any point of time to settle in India and the government may provide rehabilitation properly and declare them citizens of India”. He also said that Hindus and Sikhs residing elsewhere should be automatically considered for citizenship in India.’Hindus, Sikhs tortured’“Pakistan declared itself an Islamic country and India, since it was divided on the basis of religion, should have also been declared a Hindu country but it remained a secular country. Even today, in Pakistan, Bangaldesh and Afghanistan, the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Chrstians, Parsis, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos are tortured and they have no place to go and those Hindus who entered India during Partition are still considered foreigners, which in my understanding is illogical, illegal and against the principle of natural justice,” he said.Justice Sen, however, clarified he was not “against my Muslim brothers and sisters residing in India for generations and abiding [by] India laws”. “They should also be allowed to live peacefully,” he said. Nobody should try to make India another Islamic country, “otherwise it will be a doomsday for India and the world,” he noted.The judge also found fault with the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. “The present NRC process in my view is defective as many foreigners became Indians and original Indians were left out, which is very sad,” he said.last_img read more