More women are in jail than ever before, often for minor offences. The invisible victims are their children

When she was a child Tricia Walsh used to hide under her bed. She knew she wasn’t safe from anyone who came into the house. She was sexually abused by her father from an early age. Her mother was a violent alcoholic. “She was so drunk she didn’t know who was coming in and out of my bedroom.”

By the age of 12 she had been sexually abused multiple times by relatives and the people who came to her parents’ party house. “I learned that I deserved having my head smashed into the floor, that I must have deserved to have my leg pulled from under my bed. To me it was normal. But they all took something from me that couldn’t be put back together again.”

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