Who Are these People and How Dare they?
|Judge Lady Smith has led the inquiry since 2015 |
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is investigating the abuse of children in care stretching back decades. Since it opened in 2015 it has heard evidence relating to institutions including orphanages and private boarding schools. It reported some of its findings on Wednesday. Particularly loathsome are the accounts of children suffering physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of members of the Catholic religious order of St Ninian's in Falkland, Fife, who were able to "pursue their abusive practices with impunity." Lady Smith described the evidence as shocking and distressing."
- Fettes College "accepts and recognises that in the past there have been occasions of sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse."
- Loretto School in Musselburgh also offered an unreserved apology, saying it acknowledged pupils had been abused by one of its teachers in the 1950s and 60s. Angela Grahame QC said there had been flaws which allowed "despicable abuse" to take place and said it acknowledged that it had let down the victims.
- Morrison's Academy in Crieff said it wanted to make "a heartfelt and sincere apology to each of the individuals who have shown the strength and courage to share some of the most damaging experiences of their lives".
- Queen Victoria School in Dunblane was founded in 1905 for children of services personnel.Lawyer Graham MacIver said the school recognised that instances of abuse had occurred, expressed its deep regret and apologised to the individuals concerned.
- Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, said that, with hindsight, it was clear that warning signs had been missed and "it was clear with at least one former member of staff the dots were never to be joined." Mr Reid offered the school's "unreserved apology". "The school profoundly regrets and sincerely apologises for the fact that such experiences were endured by some pupils," he said.
- Gordonstoun said that "Individuals reported serious allegations of sexual abuse.Some experienced severe bullying, and adults neglected their responsibilities to protect them. For this Gordonstoun is sorry."
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