Looking for a book club? These celebrities have all started their own on Instagram
Looking for a book club? These celebrities have all started their own on Instagram

Megan Burns

Enjoy a ‘dip’ in the sea to help raise funds for Irish homeless charity
Enjoy a ‘dip’ in the sea to help raise funds for Irish homeless charity

Jennifer McShane

10 ways to help manage your allergies during pollen season
10 ways to help manage your allergies during pollen season

Jennifer McShane

Netflix releases first full trailer for three-part Sophie Toscan du Plantier docuseries
Netflix releases first full trailer for three-part Sophie Toscan du Plantier docuseries

Sarah Finnan

The new beauty products to know this week
The new beauty products to know this week

Holly O'Neill

Inquest ruling changed to open verdict in Nóra Quoirin’s death
Inquest ruling changed to open verdict in Nóra Quoirin’s death

Jennifer McShane

This Portobello house from RTÉ’s Home of the Year is on sale for €1.5 million
This Portobello house from RTÉ’s Home of the Year is on sale for €1.5 million

Megan Burns

Rosemary MacCabe: The weird pregnancy symptoms that people don’t tell you about because they’re too busy telling you which types of fish to avoid
Rosemary MacCabe: The weird pregnancy symptoms that people don’t tell you about because they’re too...

Rosemary MacCabe

WIN the ultimate Bare by Vogue tanning kit
WIN the ultimate Bare by Vogue tanning kit

IMAGE

6 tips for renovating a period home, from a homeowner who has done it
6 tips for renovating a period home, from a homeowner who has done it

IMAGE Interiors & Living

Image / Self / Real-life Stories
premium
SELF

‘There was very little they didn’t do to me, every day for a year’


by Lia Hynes
20th May 2021
blank

" I felt that as a survivor, I should have seen the signs. I should have screamed; I should have run away. It’s total bullshit; you’re not going to do any of that. You just shrivel up into a ball."

Despite a history of horrific sexual and racial abuse growing up in a small Irish town, Chantal Kangowa is the youngest Black woman in Ireland ever to run in a local election, or any election at all. She is also founder and CEO of her own company. The deeply impressive twenty-seven-year-old sits down with Lia Hynes to bravely tell her story, in the hope that it might help others.

*This piece contains mentions of sexual abuse, assault and suicide IMAGE is publishing this article as part of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. It was when she was four, and starting primary school, that Chantal Kangowa began to notice the behaviour of those around her. “I didn’t notice the difference in me, I just noticed people’s different behaviours towards me,” she says now of growing up a person of colour in...

You have reached a premium article.

For unlimited digital access to the stories worth paying for, subscribe now to Image for €5.50 a month
Subscribe