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A nun has told an inquiry she may have lost her temper with children in her care but rejected suggestions she was "hard as nails". The woman, now in her mid-70s, denied being someone that youngsters would have been scared of. She agreed there was "probably" a strict regime at…
A nun has admitted to an inquiry that she mistreated children at two orphanages and described another sister's alleged actions as "cruel". The 77-year-old, who cannot be identified, said youngsters at Nazareth House in Aberdeen would be smacked or hit with a hairbrush while she was there between 1963 and…
Child abuse allegations against Cyril Smith are "scurrilous hearsay", former Liberal leader Lord Steel has said. The peer said "nothing has been proved" yet about the late MP and warned against "tittle-tattle". Smith allegedly raped boys at Rochdale's Knowl View residential school, which closed in 1992, and abused boys at…
A woman asked for forgiveness from beyond the grave for choosing the "love" of a priest who abused her over her sister, an inquiry has heard. The witness, who cannot be named, gave evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry on Friday in a recording made before her death in…
A former orphanage resident has told an inquiry she was sent to a shrine in France to cure her of a "mental illness" by a nun who called her evil. Paula Chambers was giving evidence at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry when she said her "life had been stolen" during…
A former children's home resident has told an abuse inquiry that a girl jumped from a building to her death after getting "battered" by a nun. Anne Marie Carr, who has waived her right to anonymity, attended Smyllum Park in Lanarkshire between 1960 and 1964 along with her brother Samuel,…
A man has told an inquiry how the sexual abuse he suffered as a child was "whitewashed" during his time at a children's home. A witness told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) he was abused by older boys, priests and care assistants over two years when he stayed at…
A mother and stepfather have been jailed for the rape of a girl who was returned to their care after social services dismissed her as "troublesome". The parents, now both in their 70s, abused the girl when she was around 13 for up to two months in 1978. A jury…
Former youth football coach and scout "Kit" Carson is to stand trial accused of the historical sexual abuse of boys aged under 16. Michael "Kit" Carson, 74, pleaded not guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual…
A mother and stepfather have been found guilty of raping a girl who was returned to their care after being dismissed as a "troublesome teenager" by social services. The parents, now both in their 70s, abused the girl from about the age of 10 between 1975 and 1981, during which…
A girl was sexually abused by a priest after she went to confession, an inquiry has heard.The attack happened when the child went to show the priest a picture she had drawn of a chapel, the hearing was told.The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) sitting in Edinburgh is currently examining…
A former volunteer at an orphanage has told how she tried to cover up a child's bed wetting to save him from being "ridiculed" by a nun. Margaret White was studying at the University of Aberdeen between 1974 and 1977 when she helped out at Nazareth House in the city.…
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