Peter Mullan's award-winning film The Magdalene Sisters made international headlines by exposing the abuse that took place in the Magdalen laundries in Ireland. Over the course of eighty years, thousands of young Irish girls were incarcerated in homes run by nuns -where they were virtual work slaves. Many were beaten and sexually abused.
Kathy O'Beirne was one such Magdalen Girl. Now at the age of 44, in 'Kathy's Story - A Childhood Hell Inside the Magdalen Laundries' she give voice to the thousands of other women who were abused.
In a shocking interview on Irish radio this week, she recounted the failure to investigate the murder of many of these defencless girls; she described their continuing battle with the institutions who oversaw the abuse; and the relentless toll of suicide among the victims -which continues to this day.
The lessons of her story apply to the worldwide incidence of such abuse cases. Justice is not served just by bring the perpretrators to account. Not if the victims continue to take their lives, as we offer only pious words to comfort them -and not our effective support.
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Kathy's Story - A Childhood Hell Inside the Magdalen Laundries
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