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An English High Court judge has approved the placement of a sexually-abused 14-year-old girl at a specialist unit in a rural area of Scotland. The youngster had endured a "damaged and disrupted" early childhood and had been left with a "wide range of complex therapeutic needs", Mr Justice Cobb said.…
A London-based nurse has been found guilty of trafficking five Nigerian women to Germany to work as prostitutes - after forcing them to undergo humiliating voodoo rituals. Josephine Iyamu (pictured) made her victims swear oaths to hand over money during "juju" ceremonies which saw them ordered to eat chicken hearts,…
Almost 200 women have had to declare they are rape victims to qualify for additional child tax credits since a controversial welfare reform was introduced, MPs have heard. The SNP's social justice spokesman, Neil Gray, said the benefit changes have had a "devastating" impact on women, as he urged ministers…
A senior nun has apologised "unreservedly" to those who told an inquiry they were abused at children's homes run by a religious order. Sister Anna Maria Doolan said she had "no reason to disbelieve" claims from witnesses surrounding their past experiences at Nazareth House institutions in Scotland. The nun, the…
A retired archbishop has told an inquiry he is "deeply ashamed" following allegations of abuses at children's homes run by nuns. Archbishop Mario Conti said he had been "blindly satisfied" in the past that youngsters were being properly cared for at Nazareth House in Aberdeen, the city where he became…
A pensioner has gone on trial accused of sexually abusing boys at a football ground and training facility. James Torbett, known as Jim, faces 12 charges of abusing six boys, aged from four to 17 on the dates in question, one of whom has since died. The alleged abuse spans…
The Church of England "botched" an inquiry into historical allegations of sexual abuse, the author of a review of the report has said. Sir Roger Singleton said the Church's Past Cases Review in 2010 did not give a comprehensive picture of the problem and that those conducting it refused to…
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is to work with partners, including people with lived experience, to create and deliver quality training resources for front line workers responding to psychological trauma. The Scottish Goverment announced an additional £1.35 million will be invested to create a national training programme, developed for workers…
A far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care in Scotland is being given more time to complete its work. Deputy First Minister John Swinney has agreed to a request from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry chair, the Right Honourable Lady Smith, to remove the requirement…
A man has told a court he did not rape a woman who has raised a civil legal action against him. Stephen Coxen admitted he had been "rude" towards the woman on the night in question and that their time together became upsetting, but he denied the allegation he faces.…
Shamed former minister Mark McDonald should be suspended from the Scottish Parliament without pay for one month, Holyrood's Standards Committee has recommended. The committee announced the proposed sanction after considering a report by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life, which was asked to investigate Mr McDonald's conduct after…
Legislation making upskirting a criminal offence punishable by up to two years in prison will be introduced by the Government after a previous bid was scuppered by one of its own MPs. The Bill to be put before the Commons on Thursday will tackle a gap in the law concerning…