INVESTIGATORS leading a huge inquiry into child abuse are to urge witnesses and victims to come forward.
Susan O’Brien QC, who is chairing the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry , will encourage individuals and institutions to contact the probe.
At a meeting in Glasgow on Wednesday, she will detail how evidence can be given.
Some sick and elderly victims who have lodged complaints have already been interviewed for the inquiry, which is expected to take several years.
The investigation will cover sexual, physical, psychological and emotional abuse at children’s homes, residential schools, secure care units, schools, borstals and young offenders’ institutions until December 2014.
The inquiry officially started in October. O’Brien said: “In February, we started taking evidence from people who are elderly or seriously ill and we continue to do so. “
She said more details will be given at a meeting open to the public at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow at 10.30am.
Meanwhile, a new law scrapping a controversial three-year limit on when historic child abuse victims can sue could affect more than 2000 people, according to experts.
The Scottish Government last week announced a draft Bill which will remove the restriction – known as timebar – on victims who were abused on or after September 26, 1964, seeking damages.
Ministers say the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill shows their commitment to adult survivors of child abuse.
One legal firm have received more than 1000 inquiries from victims who want to raise civil actions against organisations whose care they were under.
Jim Fraser, 63, of Dundee, says he will now proceed with a civil action for abuse he claims he suffered at St Ninian’s residential school in Gartmore, Stirlingshire, where he was taught by De La Salle monks. He said: “We’ve waited decades for this day to come so the truth can finally be heard.”
Lawyer Cameron Fyfe, of Drummond Miller, who has been contacted by more than 1000 victims, said: “The new timebar ruling gives historic abuse survivors their first real chance to have their cases heard in court.
“For decades, cases have stumbled at the first hurdle because of timebar.
“Now the only restriction will be if a case breaches human rights law – and I cannot see that being an issue.”