Sinead O'Connor reveals her abuse in Catholic Magdalene Laundries
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DALLAS, February 7, 2013 ― Sinead O’Connor reveals to the Irish Sun, Larissa Nolan, her imprisonment in the Our Lady of Charity Laundry in Dublin. As previously reported here at the age of fifteen, the Irish singer was arrested for shoplifting.
She was trapped in intolerable conditions for eighteen months until her father secured her freedom.
O’Connor tells the Irish Sun:
“We were girls in there, not women, just children really. Moreover, the girls in there cried every day. It was a prison. We didn’t see our families, we were locked in, cut off from life, deprived of a normal childhood.
“We were told we were there because we were bad people. Some of the girls had been raped at home and not believed.One girl was in because she had a bad hip and her family didn’t know what to do with her.
It was a great grief to us.
The rock star explained how her 18 months in High Park in the Drumcondra suburb of Dublin left her so angry at the injustice that it was part of the reason she caused worldwide controversy by tearing up a picture of the Pope on live television.
This abuse is behind, she says, her infamous 1992 Saturday Night Live Protest when she ripped up a picture of the Pope, bring a definite stall to a then rising career.
“It wasn’t the only reason, but it was one of them,” the singer told the Irish times.
O’Connor is now speaking out after a report released yesterday by the Irish Parliament in which it states that there was “significant state involvement” in the incarceration of thousands of women and girls.
These women where trapped in a Church run, state approved system of slave labor and sexual that continued until 1996. Woman were not paid, and their children, alleged to have been conceived during their time in the laundries, were taken from them and given up for adoption.
While most of the more than 10,000 woman detailed in the 1,000 page report are now dead, buried in unmarked and forgotten graves, the children of these woman are seeking justice for their mothers.
In August 1993, workers in North Dublin, Ireland discovered the bodies of 155 young women in a mass grave. The grave is on property once owned by the Catholic Church and the Sisters of Charity.
Records of the deaths can not be found; only 75 of the women have been identified.
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