A former nursing student has spoken out about her experience being sexually abused by her boss after she left nursing.
The victim said she was “very, very depressed” after she was sexually assaulted by her former boss in 2012.
She described the attack as a “game” which left her feeling “very confused” and feeling “uncomfortable”.
Ms McElvaney was told she would be sacked from her nursing role in January 2012.
“I was so upset I felt like I had no choice but to leave the job.
I felt that if I didn’t leave that day I would never get another job.”
It was the first time in my life that I felt I was not valued in my role.
“There was no support network or support network in place to help me,” she said.
Ms McElvaney told the Dáil on Wednesday that she is “very upset” at the way her former employer has treated her.
And then they just said that it’s not a game, that you’re not worth anything.””
I felt like if I left and didn’t stay in the job, I wouldn’t be able to go back and work in the same position.”
And then they just said that it’s not a game, that you’re not worth anything.
“If you don’t want to leave and you’re the victim of this sort of thing, then don’t leave.”
Ms McEllaney said she is still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“I’m in the process of trying to get through this.
I don’t know what to do.
I just feel that it is not going to change.”
You just feel like you have to keep going until you can find somebody who cares for you,” she added.
The woman said she left her nursing job at the end of 2012 and she was left feeling “a little bit like a criminal”.”
I just felt like a person who had been raped.
I had my own problems to deal with, and I felt ashamed.
“Now I’m a mother and a grandmother, and all I can do is go out and try to help those people.”
What I’m trying to do is just make sure that we don’t get to the point where we just go to prison and that we can’t find anybody who will help us,” she concluded.
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