Harrowing memoir of unrelenting abuse of Irish Kathy by her father and brothers beginning when she was a toddler and continuing from age eight to eighteen in reformatory schools, asylums and the Magdalene Laundries. Recounts her severe residual emotional distress as an adult and attempts to find love and justice. As a child O'Beirne was sent to institutions because she could not endure her father's beatings. She was sent to a workhouse of the Irish Magdalen Sisters at age 12 and gave birth at age 13 after being raped by a visitor. She was keenly aware the state and the Church which had allied with it were punishing the victims, not the perpetrators, of child abuse. She describes the loss of innocence, the descent into mental institutions, and the aftereffects of institutional as well as domestic abuse upon the "Magdalen girls. " She offers some hope for justice, however slight, in the campaign she has headed on their behalf since 1990. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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