Reading about the Magdalene Laundries is hard
I can stomach a lot. But it's very hard for me to read about the Magdalene Laundries.
When I do, here's what I think:
--I wasn't torn from my family
--I had one tormentor, not several or many
--I wasn't around that tormentor 24/7
--No one blamed me for my plight (some of the girls were put in these cruel institutions for being on a train without a ticket)
I could go on and on, but my point is simple: these defenseless girls - hundreds and hundreds of them - suffered immeasurably and needlessly, both as youngsters and well into adulthood. My heart aches to think of what they endured while church and governmental authorities inflicted or ignored their pain.
Now, thanks to their courage and tenacity, they've gotten an apology. I hope it helps. I hope real compensation will follow soon. And I hope - desperately - that some crucial lessons have been learned about secrecy, cruelty and how dangerous it is when secular and religious figures collude.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.