The woman, known as Ms D, told the Disclosures Tribunal how she became upset and had to walk out of a college lecture where Sgt McCabe “and what an honourable man he was” was being discussed.
“I wanted to vent. I wanted someone to listen to me,” she said of her decision to contact Irish Independent journalist Paul Williams.
“I simply wanted people to understand there was a different side to this man and he was not the saint he was being portrayed to be,” Ms D said.
During sometimes emotional testimony, a tearful Ms D said her father, a garda colleague of Sgt McCabe, had suggested she may wish to speak to Mr Williams.
The tribunal heard Mr Williams’ name was initially suggested to Ms D’s father by his friend and colleague, Det Supt John O’Reilly.
Two articles appeared in the Irish Independent, in which neither Ms D nor Sgt McCabe were identified, stating a young woman was unhappy with how a complaint she had made against an unnamed garda had been investigated.
The tribunal has previously heard how, as a teenager, Ms D complained to gardaí in 2006 that she had been molested by Sgt McCabe when she was aged six or seven during a game of hide and seek in his home.
Ms D subsequently developed coping issues and went to the HSE’s Rian counselling service for support in 2013.
Ms Brophy subsequently erroneously sent a notification to HSE social services containing a totally inaccurate allegation of digital rape.
A series of further errors led to this incorrect allegation being referred to Bailieborough Garda Station in Co Cavan.
Under questioning from tribunal counsel Kathleen Leader, Ms D said the allegation she had told Ms Brophy about was the same one she had made to gardaí in 2006.
She said she recalled Ms Brophy saying something to the effect she may have to refer the allegation onwards.
Although Ms Brophy said she may have to refer the allegation, Ms D said she wasn’t made aware that this had happened.
During 2014 when Sgt McCabe was becoming a prominent figure, a number of journalists called to Ms D’s parents’ house seeking an interview.
She said she decided she wanted to tell her story, but wished to do so with a journalist she felt she could trust.
Ms D said she knew of Paul Williams from his books and because she had read some of his articles as a part of a course she was doing in college.