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Nuns Excuses for Abuse of Young Women All Too Familiar

See human rights violations listed in recent articles below.*

Apologists for cults with which I am familiar insist;

--There were no laws requiring teachers to report abuse

--Leaders didn't know about abuse

--People were better off with us

--Sure, we took their salaries, but we gave them room and board (bunks in dorms, btw)

--Those were different times

My regular discussions with these people, who I can tell you always interrupt and even shout victims down, leave me drained. Here are similar comments by nuns defending the abuse and neglect of thousands of young women in their care. This is an excerpt from a History Channel article;

How Ireland Turned ‘Fallen Women’ Into Slaves

Until 1996, pregnant or promiscuous women could be incarcerated for life in Magdalene Laundries. by

Erin Blakemore

"The nuns maintain they met a need for a certain number of people. "You could say that if the sisters had been more enlightened in the 1920s they'd have made different decisions," she adds. "They might not have tried as hard to hold onto the women who came here. There was a hierarchical attitude on the part of the nuns and in society generally them and us and we know better. Even so, a lot more women left than stayed. Many of the women didn't have a hope in hell without us. The alternative in many cases was to go on the streets. Girls have gone on the streets and been murdered. I've seen it happen. It might have happened a lot more if it hadn't been for the convent. You can't judge those times by the standards of today. The Order came to Dublin in 1853, shortly after the Famine. What was the alternative for many women then but the streets?"

Sister Lucy, who has been in religious life for 41 years, believes it is easy to look back and talk about unenlightenment. "Hospitals were grim places in those days too. Patients got a raw deal and nurses were treated like dirt. Prisoners in jail suffered too. It annoys me when people assume that things in 1926 could be the same as in 1996."

*the UN urged the Vatican to look into the matter, stating that “girls [at the laundries] were deprived of their identity, of education and often of food and essential medicines and were imposed with an obligation of silence and prohibited from having any contact with the outside world.”

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