Emma Murphy: Gardai probe alleged assault on young mum
Gardai are investigating an alleged assault on a brave young woman who was widely praised for 'outing' her alleged attacker in an online video.
Mum-of-two Emma Murphy was seen by almost three million viewers as she recorded an emotional video message with a badly bruised face.
The widely viewed video on Facebook shows her speaking tearfully about the attack which she said was perpetrated by a man who was known to her.
Ms Murphy claimed the assault happened at a gym on the northside of Dublin.
She recorded the video while sitting on a stairway in a home in Dublin.
"I need to do this for me and my children, to raise awareness for other women out there," she said.
"It is difficult for me but I have to do what is right."
Emma also appealed to women to walk away if they are in danger.
The woman, aged in her 20s, also spoke of the attack on Adrian Kennedy's radio show on 98fm.
The alleged attacker was contacted by the Herald at his home in Dublin yesterday but he refused to be interviewed about the woman's claims.
He remained inside his house for several hours, leaving it to his mother to emerge on a number of occasions to face the media. Despite several requests to answer the alleged victim's claims, he stayed indoors as his mother attempted to speak on his behalf.
"He did not murder anybody," she told the Herald.
"He made a mistake. He is a good person. He did not do anything too wrong.
"He has seen the video and he is very upset," she added.
"If I have to, I will call the radio station myself to tell them that."
Sources have disclosed that officers in Santry Garda Station are investigating the alleged assault after the alleged victim made a complaint about the incident on Friday.
It is understood that the alleged incident took place at a north Dublin gym.
Gardai have not yet interviewed or arrested the man who is at the centre of the complaint which was made by the woman who is originally from Ballymun.
A spokeswoman for Women's Aid said that although they don't comment on individual cases, they urge women who find themselves in these situations to go for help.
"Attempts to undermine what a victim says are very common," a representative said.
"But the victim is never to blame. The perpetrator and society at large tend to blame the victim.
"Every woman who comes forward with a story must be believed. Coming forward is a very difficult thing to do. Nobody does it lightly.
"Male violence against women is always wrong. Women need to be believed and fully supported when they come forward," the spokeswoman added.
"Male violence against women has always been shrouded in secrecy and shame. Any woman bringing her story to light deserves solidarity."
She added that any woman who identifies with what Emma said in the video should contact Women's Aid on national freephone helpline 1800 341900. Callers will be listened to in a non-judgemental way and she would encourage women to use the helpline.
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