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A former orphanage resident has said Scotland "should be ashamed" for failing to face up to a history of abuse and neglect in its child care system. The witness, who cannot be named, described a life at Nazareth House in Aberdeen between 1968 and 1972 of routine beatings, sexual assaults…
Social services dismissed two sisters as "troublesome teenagers" when they were told of sexual abuse at the hands of their mother and stepfather, and returned them repeatedly to their care, a court has heard. The two defendants, both in their 70s, are accused of repeatedly raping the older girl between…
Three sisters were beaten until they bled and called derogatory names on their first day at an orphanage, an inquiry has heard. The claims were made by a woman in her 60s, who cannot be named, who lived at Nazareth House in Aberdeen from 1967. Speaking at the Scottish Child…
A man stripped and beat a boy "black and blue" in an assault at a children's home, an inquiry has heard. A witness at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry said the man "battered hell" out of him at Nazareth House in Aberdeen (pictured) in the 1960s when he was 11…
A nun told a boy "your family doesn't want you, your country doesn't want you" as she informed him he was to be sent from Scotland to Australia, an inquiry has heard. A witness told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry he was 11 when he was forced to migrate overseas…
Three quarters of child abuse allegations referred to police by a public inquiry have resulted in no further action. An interim report from the public inquiry into child sexual abuse revealed that as of March, 78% of the cases passed to the authorities could not be proceeded with. This was…
Investigators looking into police officers' roles in the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal have identified "potential misconduct", according to the police watchdog. The Independent Office for Police Conduct's (IOPC) inquiry into South Yorkshire Police's response to child sexual exploitation (CSE) over more than a decade in Rotherham "has grown significantly…
More than 300 complaints have been made to police in Scotland about alleged abuses at children's homes run by a Catholic order, an inquiry has heard. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was told that officers have received 308 complaints about 194 people associated with institutions run by the Sisters of…
A top private school sports coach has been convicted of indecently assaulting his students. Ajaz Karim sexually abused six girls aged 14 to 18 while he worked at Christ's Hospital School, in Horsham, West Sussex, between 1985 and 1993. The jury convicted the 63-year-old of nine charges of indecent assault…
A "valuable opportunity" was missed to prosecute Rochdale's former Liberal MP Cyril Smith during his lifetime in the late 1990s, a child sexual abuse inquiry found. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) concluded authorities in the town showed a "total lack of urgency" to address the sexual exploitation…
Child sexual abuse involving pupils at Knowl View happened from its early years onwards and continued for 20 years, an independent panel found. The council-run residential school in Rochdale was set up in 1969 to house boys aged from seven to 16 with a "wide range of needs and adverse…
A Labour councillor said to have lied to an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in Rochdale is facing a possible police investigation. Richard Farnell told a panel last year he was unaware of issues of abuse involving a residential school in the town while he was leader of Rochdale…
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