While The Magdalene Sisters is a work of fiction, the abuses it depicts are allegedly based on credible survivor accounts of life in the Magdalene institutions, which are said to have taken in as many as 30,000 women between their inception in the 1880s and their final closing in 1996.
Raised in the Catholic Church in America at about the same time, I had nothing but positive experiences.
Tragically, it seems that there may indeed be truth to these charges.
What offenses brought these inmates here? I saw no evidence of any traumatic injuries either historically, prior to my taking up the post, or for the time I cared for the ladies.