Scotland ‘should be ashamed’ of childcare system abuse says former orphan who reveals history of beatings and trauma

Daily Record

By Conor Riordan

1 MAY 2018

Scotland “should be ashamed” for failing to face up to a history of abuse and neglect in the childcare system, a former orphanage resident has said.

The witness, who cannot be named, revealed life at Nazareth House in Aberdeen between 1968 and 1972 consisted of routine beatings, sexual assaults and emotional trauma.

Speaking at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry yesterday, he said his experiences contributed to him serving time in “many prisons” and having a history of “serious” violence.

The man, now in his 50s, said: “Scotland as a country should be ashamed that it’s taken this long for this (inquiry) to happen.

“The 21 years since I reported this, it’s hurt me a lot more than what the care system has.”

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