For years Monica kept her suffering to herself.
The shame she had been made to feel stopped her telling anyone about her anguish. It was a secret, long buried as far as the rest of the world and her parents were concerned. But one day, she found a way to unburden herself of the sense of loss that lived on within her.
Decades earlier, when just a young girl, Monica (not her real name) had been forced by the moral strictures of the times to relinquish the baby she carried out of wedlock.
She was one of an estimated 250,000 young unmarried women in ...