Ewan Gurr: ‘Conversation required to deal with historic abuse’

Dundee Telegraph

December 15, 2020

By Ewan Gurr

Historic child abuse is not a subject anyone should feel comfortable with.

According to child abuse survivor and campaigner, Dave Sharp, Scotland has yet to reckon with an issue that has long existed below the surface of our illusion of a civilised society.

Please consider these opening lines as your health warning because this column is about to unearth one of the most chilling experiences I have ever come across.

Born in 1959, Dave Sharp lost his mother early in life and was placed under the care of the Catholic church, where he spent the first 16 years of his life.

He lived in Nazareth House in East Ayrshire and also Midlothian, both of which are now being investigated as a significant part of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, but his most vivid experiences of child abuse occurred at St Ninian’s in Fife, which was run by the Catholic order of Irish Christian brothers.

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