Ireland- Two nun orders refuse to pay victims of the Magdalene laundries crisis, victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, [email protected])

Two of the four orders of nuns who ran the Magdalene laundries have refused to contribute to the financial redress for the victims. We are disappointed by this report. 

To refuse to take responsibility for years of horrific abuse committed by these religious institutions is utterly disgraceful. These women are entitled to justice and receiving compensation from these orders that caused such pain, but it would only be scratching the surface of what is needed to begin to recover. 

We urge these religious “charities” to reexamine their decisions. By blatantly dodging responsibility, they are preventing the at least 600 women from beginning to truly heal. We also encourage the state to consider revoking theses orders’ charitable status until they are willing to cooperate with the redress for the Magdalene Laundry victims. Refusing to contribute is the opposite of charitable; it is callous and selfish. Those responsible must be held accountable. 

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is 

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])


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