Press Release CARI Strategic Plan Launch 2017-2020

Press Release
CARI Strategic Plan Launch in House Wed 6th at 8-10am with the
Launch of film of the impact of CSA by Marilyn O’Connor “Did You Hear Me Cr


CARI will Launch their 3 Year Strategic Plan 2017-2020 “Towards 2020” and Marilyn O’Connor’s film “Did You Hear Me Crying?” at a breakfast event in House Dublin in Leeson Street on Wednesday next the 6th of December. Breakfast will be served from 8am and the formal program will begin at 9 am.

CARI’s CEO Mary Flaherty said “we are particularly pleased to have the privilege of launching Marilyn’s film with our Strategic Plan. Child victims are often unheard and silent. Marilyn as an adult, uses this film to testify to the long-term impact of child sexual abuse when undisclosed and untreated in childhood, children like her for whom there was no CARI. We are immensely grateful to her”.   

Marilyn, in welcoming the partnership with CARI, said “I wrote, directed and self-funded this short film. I did it because I am so passionate about the long terms effects of child sex abuse and to highlight the importance of having access to adequate services in childhood to help prevent the terrible effects of child sex abuse. I also wanted through this film to highlight how important Cari is for children. Hopefully as this film is powerful that those in power will take stock of the shocking stats and will take positive steps to reduce waiting lists and take a stronger stand against abusers.”

CARI is unique among childcare organization in that it specializes in the provision of professional therapy and counselling to children and support to families affected by CSA. It also offers a range of other supports such as helpline, court and forensic accompaniment.
The plan - ‘Towards 2020’ – sets the course for CARI for the net three years and is the result of a 6-month process that has brought together our staff, funders and stakeholders to inform and support the development of an outcome focused strategy.

Marilyn O’Connor (aka Cassie Moore) is the best-selling author of her biography "Did You Hear Me Crying". In her book, Cassie describes the horrendous abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather and mother, to only be abused further into her adulthood. Cassie spent almost forty-five years in this cycle of abuse which eventually swallowed her up in a pit of dark despair and depression. She has emerged from years of resulting despair and depression with renewed commitment to life via her new career as a writer, filmmaker and life coach.