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23rd Sept 2018 SCOTTISH CONFERENCE SUGGESTS NEW APPROACH TO CHILD PREVENTION a
That was the overarching theme of an international conference which took place in Glasgow this week. More than 250 members of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) participated in the three-day event, including police officers, prison staff, probation officers, social workers, psychologists, counsellors & academics.
WHAT IS NOTA? http://www.nota.co.uk/
NOTA is the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers, and is a registered charity. Inaugurated as a National Organisation in 1991, NOTA grew from a regional network in the North West of England. Membership is open to any professional whose work concerns intervention with sexually aggressive individuals regardless of their age, race, gender or sexual preference. With a growing multi-disciplinary membership comprised of practitioners, managers and policy makers from the public, private and voluntary sectors, NOTA is able to bring a wide variety of perspectives to intervention with sexual aggressors.
SCOTLAND – Forensic Network State Hospital Carstairs Lanark ML11 8RP
Branch Contact: Louise Byrne Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01555 842018
Current Scotland Branch Committee. Chair – Stuart Allardyce. Vice Chair/Treasurer – Janie Watson. Secretary – Lucy Coleman
Our next NOTA / Forensic Mental Health Network Sex Offenders Practitioner Forum will be on 10th March and there are still a few places left. The forum will focus on best practice in working with young people and young adults who have displayed harmful sexual behaviours online. It will be facilitated by Ann Brady from the Halt Project and Martin Henry, who is about to lead the Scottish Football Association’s review of child sexual abuse within the sport. Booking details can be found at SOPF.
The Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ)
University of Strathclyde. Lord Hope Building, Level 6 141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT (0141) 444 8622 email@example.com
26th Sept NOTA Annual Conference 2018 http://www.notaprevention.co.uk/category/conference/ a
Stuart Allardyce, the chair of NOTA Scotland, runs a charity which works to prevent child sex offences. Stop It Now offers a confidential helpline and an anonymous online course for people who are concerned about urges to look at sexual images of children. More than 2,500 people used the online resource last year, and around 700 people called the helpline.
Allardyce said: “The helpline can allow people a space to explore the implications of different actions,” he said. “It may be just that getting this off their chest may be enough to allow them to begin to change their behaviour but at the end of the day making sure that individual knows they don’t need to act on their feelings is critically important.”
Others who have worked at Stop It Now include… the one & only head of the footie inquiry MARTIN HENRY who was the Scottish Manager of Stop It Now before Allerdyce, the VERY SAME Martin Henry who I have done countless blogs & vids about, the most important of which you can read here or watch here (for full list of links see below)
TOMMY TAGUE an ex copper who had a decades long, glittering career & bloody admits to being “intelligence” that specialises in kids & human trafficking!!
WATCH – KEIRAN McCARTAN https://youtu.be/l2VLHO1qVWs
“NOTA spokesman Kieran McCartan, who is a professor of criminology at the University of the West of England, said: “Over the last few years we’ve started to move towards prevention. One of the big ideas is that maybe a criminal justice approach isn’t enough. It’s after the fact. Someone has been abused Someone has committed an offence. Actually, that doesn’t help us stop it.”
KIERAN MCCARTAN is Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. He has developed a wide ranging, multi-disciplinary network around sex offender management and reintegration and has a track record of public, academic and professional engagement on criminological issues, including the origins and causes of sex offending, and societal responses to sex offenders. Kieran is an Executive Board member of Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA); an Associate Editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research & Treatment; a board member and Trustee of Circles South West; as well as a member of the ATSA Prevention committee, the National Organisation for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NOTA) Prevention Committee, and the NOTA Research committee.” https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01639625.2017.1304800 a
Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria investigating how bacteria and parasites in our guts influence immune homeostasis, infections, and allergies
& it’s not paedo’s minds he is trying to cultivate! It’s our children’s!! He visits schools & universities & youth offenders etc!
Graham Goulden, who also spoke at the 2018 NOTA conference,was a police officer for thirty years, and spent the last eight years of his career as a Chief Inspector working with the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit
WATCH – GRAHAM GOULDEN https://youtu.be/uXSB06m8Myo
National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers 2018 Conference http://www.notaprevention.co.uk/category/conference/
Gerry McCann worked for Celtic FC at exactly the same time as numerous paedo. .
Was he a part of the massive Celtic paedo ring that has spanned several decades & included JIM TORBETT, JIM McCAFFERTY, NEIL STRACHAN, JOHN CULLEN & more.?
& which also links to SAVILE, CARDINAL O’BRIEN, FATHER O’CONNELL, LGBT’s JAMES RENNIE & of course to MARTIN HENRY…. THE HEAD OF THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL INQUIRY!!
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COPS SMASH SICK CHILD PORN GROUP; Scot is among men questioned.
Massive paedophile operation leads to arrests
Thirteen suspected paedophiles were arrested and 27 computers seized in police dawn raids Wednesday in the UK’s largest ever police operation against child pornography on the Internet.
Videos, CD-ROMs and thousands of paedophile pictures — which included images of children being sexually abused — were also seized in raids in both England and Scotland. Those arrested reportedly included the housemaster of a Leicestershire public school.
Forces in Grampian, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Humberside, Hertfordshire, West Yorkshire, Somerset, Bedfordshire, Lancashire, Devon, Cornwall, Sussex and London took part in the raids, codenamed Operation Janitress. Police had worked with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to track down some of those arrested.
Operation Janitress was the result of a two-year investigation, which began after a Gloucestershire man was arrested for the suspected abuse of his children. Police learned he was in contact with a London man who was allegedly running an online child pornography swap club.
DCI Bob McLachlan, head of the Met’s Paedophile Unit, explained that Wednesday’s arrests were the result of an intelligence-led operation targeted at stemming the distribution of child pornography via the Net.
McLachlan claimed that those who possessed such material were themselves guilty of child abuse. “Images like these are evidence of the sexual assault and rape of children — and anyone who buys or downloads them perpetuates the cycle of abuse,” he said.
He explained that while the use of the Web to disseminate paedophilic images was increasing, the police were developing new methods to combat the problem.
“We know that the Internet is increasingly used as a conduit for the exchange of pornographic pictures of children. Those responsible believe that the Internet affords anonymity, but police technology in this area is increasingly sophisticated,” McLachlan warned.
Last week, seven men pleaded guilty to their participation in what was then the world’s biggest Internet pornography ring to be uncovered. Those arrests came as part of Operation Cathedral, a massive international police operation involving 12 countries.
Tuesday, 13 February, 2001,“This week sentences are expected to be handed down on seven men arrested almost three years ago as part of Operation Cathedral – a swoop against paedophiles that spanned 12 countries.
The seven men were part of 107 people arrested by police across the globe. Those arrested were part of the “Wonderland Club”, an online forum set up to swap and share indecent images of children.
Since Operation Cathedral more raids have taken place on both local and national levels against those trading child pornography on the net.
In early December 1999 20 police forces made arrests in 27 different locations as part of Operation Queensland.
The raids followed an investigation by Greater Manchester Police’s obscene publications unit.
Last month police forces in 12 regions took part in Operation Janitress which resulted in the arrest of 13 paedophiles as well as the seizure of computers, videos and images.
The raids were the end result of a two-year investigation that began with the arrest of Gloucestershire man who was suspected of abusing his children that led police, via one of his contacts, to an online forum where child pornography was swapped.”
READ IN FULL http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1166135.stm
JAMES RENNIE, 38, from Edinburgh, chief executive of LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) Youth Scotland. The self-confessed “sex addict” was a trained teacher and youth worker. He held a senior administrative role in which he no longer had contact with teenagers at the advice centre. He had a boyfriend but trawled the internet for gay sex dates, picked up rent boys and advertised a porn collection on toilet walls. The court heard Rennie had links with paedophiles in America & Europe.
JOHN MURPHY Had been a teacher at Claremont in East Kilbride & Special needs school in Ayrshire. sauna receptionist worked as a receptionist at a gay sauna and DJ in a gay bar as well as working part-time as a journalist. Police investigating the case found 117 paedophile images when they raided his flat.
NEIL STRACHAN, 41, from Edinburgh, service engineer with a paint firm. The convicted sex offender was jailed for three years in 1997 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for abusing a boy aged between five and seven during his time as secretary of an Edinburgh-based boys’ football club. Started affair with teenager Colin Slaven on his release
ROSS WEBBER, from North Berwick, bank teller. The counter supervisor in Gullane, East Lothian had stored 188 indecent images between August 2006 and January 2008.
COLIN SLAVEN, Edinburgh, IT worker. Lived with Neil Strachan in the Dalry area, after beginning on-off affair with him as a teenager. After turning up to court so drunk he could hardly stand, he was found guilty of contempt by Lord Bannatyne. His bail was revoked and he was locked up for the rest of the trial.
CRAIG BOATH, 24, from Dundee, insurance clerk. An insurance claims worker who wanted to be a police officer. Investigators found a shocking video of a six-year-old girl, and thousands of photographs.
NEIL CAMPBELL, Well-respected member of Jordanhill Parish Church, Access to sunday school kids – & Jordanhill Out of School club. Despite being married, he had a gay partner. Police discovered he used his wife’s e-mail identity online to persuade boys to perform sex acts.
JOHN MILLIGAN, 40, from Govan, Glasgow, civil servant. Milligan had no life outside his Job Centre office and every night spent hours in front of his home PC. He had hardcore child pornography among the 125,000 images found by police experts who examined the gang’s computers. The court heard of his fantasies about missing Madeleine McCann. sentenced to
There is no doubt that Spanish Flu ravaged many families but for it to happen to that particular group of boys at that time is yet another sad chapter in the history of Smyllum
Now, to mark the centenary of the Spanish Flu pandemic, the names of those eight young victims can be revealed for the first time.
All of them were inmates at the Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul until it shut in 1981.
The child abuse inquiry in Edinburgh has heard weeks of harrowing evidence from former residents, with one describing a “culture of evil” at the home.
According to our research, the first person in Britain to fall victim to the virus was 15-year-old David Clabby. The son of Patrick, a general labourer, and Rose, he died at 9am on May 18, 1918, with a nun called Sister Angela signing the death register.
His death was initially put down to “acute enteritis” but later amended by Dr ATA Gourlay, medical officer at Lanark’s Lockhart Hospital, and John T Wilson, medical officer for the County of Lanark.
The first UK victims of Spanish Flu were at Smyllum Park orphanage where they were buried
Their report, submitted to the procurator fiscal in Lanark on July 4, 1918, states that David’s cause of death was “influenza (epidemic) 12 hours”.
The next boy to die was 11-year-old Daniel Daisley, whose coal miner father William was dead and whose mother Margaret Mulgrew could presumably no longer cope with looking after him.
His death at 6.30pm on May 18, just one-and-a-half hours after he first displayed symptoms, was also ascribed to enteritis before Gourlay and Wilson amended the register.
The third victim was 13-year-old James McBrien, the son of shipyard labourer William (deceased) and Bridget. His death at 11.30am on May 19 was again put down to acute enteritis – a sudden bowel inflammation – before being corrected by the two medical officers.
Patrick Gaffney, 13, the son of deceased quarry miner James and Mary, was the next to succumb at 4.30am on May 20. The correction by Gourlay and Wilson reveals that Patrick fought the influenza virus for three days.
By now, the nuns must have realised something was terribly wrong and the next two victims were taken to the old County Fever Hospital in Motherwell. Thirteen-year-old Robert Woods – whose parents were registered as “unknown” – passed away at 7pm on May 22.
Although the cause was correctly identified as influenza, Gourlay and Wilson later amended the register to show him as the fifth victim of the epidemic. Three days later, at 4pm on May 25, 12-year-old Smyllum inmate John Donaghy also died from influenza at the fever hospital. Once again, the medical authorities registered his parents as “unknown”.
Meanwhile, the disease continued to rage back at the orphanage and, at 4.45am on May 26, nine-year-old Francis McLuskie became the youngest victim of the epidemic.
His father, Edward, was a coal miner and his mother Bridget was dead, with the cause again being attributed to enteritis before being corrected by Gourlay as “supposed influenza”. The last victim of the outbreak was Malcolm Dow, also aged nine, who died at Smyllum at 8.30pm on May 28.
His father, Malcolm, was in a workhouse and his mother, Williamina, was dead. Gourlay correctly identified the cause as influenza. The appalling conditions at the orphanage are illustrated by the fact that another child died during the 10 days of the epidemic – Nicholas Quinn, eight, from tuberculosis on May 24.
Spanish Flu wiped out 50 million lives
In a final tragic twist, the eight influenza victims – along with young Nicholas – would most likely have been buried in the common ground at St Mary’s cemetery. Although the existence of this ‘mass grave’ has been known about for many years, it emerged last year that at least 400 youngsters from Smyllum had been interred there between 1864 and 1981.
Alan Draper, from the In Care Abuse Survivors group, said: “There is no doubt that Spanish Flu ravaged many families but for it to happen to that particular group of boys at that time is yet another sad chapter in the history of Smyllum.
“We will never know what conditions these children and young men had to endure but the fact they were able to go out to work suggests they were reasonably fit and healthy.
“They were maybe starting to look forward to the future and think about leaving the orphanage, maybe creating lives for themselves after a difficult childhood, and suddenly they were struck down by this deadly disease.
“Smyllum has been brought to people’s attention because of the abuse that took place there and the mass burial plot in the cemetery, and now it seems that it was also the first place in Scotland to suffer as a result of Spanish Flu.”
Smyllum Park was where Spanish Flu first hit the UK
Meanwhile, one of Scotland’s leading authors and historians has backed the creation of a memorial to those who died in the Spanish Flu pandemic.
Trevor Royle, who has written more than 30 books on war and empire, is also a member of the Scottish Commemorations Panel set up to mark the centenary of the First World War.
He said: “Spanish Flu first came to the UK in May 1918 and the first cases were recorded in Glasgow. General medical opinion is that conditions of warfare in Europe where large concentrations of young people were in place helped to spread the epidemic very quickly.
“The death toll in Britain was less than a third of the 750,000 who died in the war but, even so, what is absolutely shocking about the epidemic is that it came at the tail end of the war.
“People at home had been horrified by seeing large casualties on the battlefield and suddenly they had to face up to many thousands more being killed on the civilian front, including many people who had survived the actual fighting.”
Mr Royle said Britain was “no stranger” to deadly epidemics, with a number of cholera outbreaks throughout the 19th century, but this was on a different scale.
The medical authorities did not know how to respond, with citizens even being urged to smoke more cigarettes to kill the germs in their lungs. Other advice, such as wearing face masks or washing tenement closes with disinfectant, would have been more effective.
Mr Royle added: “The Scottish health authorities thought the flu could be kept at bay by a daily dose of porridge.”
He said the panel had no direct funding and could not erect memorials but said he would be “very surprised” if the centenary of Spanish Flu wasn’t discussed at a conference in St Andrews in June. He added: “If there was a local initiative to do something in Lanark, we’d certainly support something like that.”
The source of the 1918 flu pandemic is shrouded in mystery, although some experts now believe the virus developed in the filthy and overcrowded British military camp at Étaples in France.
Returning soldiers brought Spanish Flu to the UK
Others say it originated in the Far East and was spread to Europe by American soldiers when the USA entered the war in 1917, with some of the earliest confirmed cases recorded at army bases in Kansas.
The initial reports of this deadly new danger were quashed by both sides but newspapers were free to report on the illness ravaging neutral Spain, leading to the misleading nickname Spanish Flu.
Servicemen returning from the Western Front brought the flu home to Britain, with the first cases recorded in Glasgow then other ports, including Liverpool, Southampton and Portsmouth.
The first wave was comparatively mild and in June 1918 The Times reported that the “man in the street” had read about the epidemic in Spain and “cheerfully anticipated its arrival here”.
But the number of deaths continued to rise throughout the summer and a second wave in the autumn recorded far higher fatality rates, with the epidemic reaching its fearsome peak in October 1918. Schools, cinemas, theatres and any public buildings where large numbers might congregate were closed down, while church attendances fell as people tried to avoid infection.
Across Britain, children who had grown up in the shadow of a distant but devastating war on the continent began to sing a new skipping song:
I had a little bird, / Its name was Enza, / I opened the window. / And in-flu-enza.
EVIL Herriot, 38, abused vulnerable men with Down’s Syndrome at a home in East Lothian. He was jailed for seven years at the High Court in Edinburgh in January, but his victims’ families blasted the sentence as “far too lenient”. Herriot, of Edinburgh, could be free within three and a half years.
DEAF MUTE Eaglesham, 66, carried out a series of sex attacks on a 10-year-old girl. People in Bo’ness, West Lothian, where Eaglesham lived with his wife before starting a two- year jail term earlier this month are determined he will never return. An action group are collecting signatures throughout the town.
PEOPLE power drove sick child molester Christie, 50, out of Stirling. The storm began in December, when he was put in a hostel after serving half a one-year sentence. Just days before his move Christie was arrested in Stenhousemuir over claims he frightened a girl of 17. He was later freed.
TWISTED Alves, 28, was forced into hiding after it emerged she’d harassed two boys for sex. She was found lying naked on an 11-year-old boy. She failed to have sex with him only because he wasn’t fully developed. Residents forced Alves, who was jailed for six months, to leave her parents’ home in Stirling.
BEARDED pervert Beaton, 35, hoarded a sickening stash of child porn. The researcher, from Broughty Ferry, was fined pounds 3000 at Dundee Sheriff Court in January. Sheriff Richard Davidson described Beaton’s porn, including magazines and blue movies, as “two bagfuls of filth.”
PERVERT Smith, 58, was jailed in 1995 for sexually assaulting a girl several times in a Perth officewhen she was aged nine and 10. He was also convicted of sexually attacking a 17-year-old girl. On his release only months later he returned to live in his home just yards from a primary school in the town.
DEPRAVED paedophile Harley was jailed for 15 years in April for abusing youngsters in his care. He preyed on terrified children as young as six while he was in charge of Merkland Children’s Home in Moffat, Dumfriesshire. Harley, 50, pretended to be a fatherly figure but instead he molested them over five years.
FLYNN was jailed for seven years in 1995 for plying an 11-year- old boy with drink, then raping him. The High Court in Glasgow heard Flynn, 27, was living with a friend when the boy called at the house in Auchinleck, Ayrshire. Flynn made him perform indecent acts before having sex with him.
SEXUAL predator Kevin Drumgoole was jailed for 18 months in December, 1995, for molesting dozens of teenage tourists. The Edinburgh bachelor lured them to his apartment and plied the kids, aged between 14 and 17, with booze then filmed himself performing sick sex acts.
FOUR young lives were wrecked by Wood in a reign of terror which lasted 17 years. When he was finally confronted with his crimes he tried to commit suicide. Wood, 52, of Bo’ness, West Lothian, was jailed for 10 years in 1995. Lord Ross, the Lord Justice Clerk, said it was one of the worst cases he had come across.
HOWARD was hounded out of a Drumchapel housing scheme because of his sick background. Evil Howard, 51, from Cookston, Northern Ireland, moved to Scotland after being convicted of a sex attack on a schoolgirl. In 1965 he was caged for attempting sex with a girl of six. He also has convictions for rape.
SHAMED Scout leader Atkins was caged for 18 months in November 1995 for molesting four teenage boys in his troop. Atkins, 27, of Dalkeith, Midlothian, attacked the lads as they slept. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard his crimes have left two of his victims with deep mental scars.
SEX BEAST Taylor, 58, preyed on two girls as they slept, subjecting them to years of abuse between the ages of 10 and 13. The victims wept as Taylor, of Grangemouth, Stirlingshire got two years in May, 1995. Sheriff John McGowan said: “The damage you have done to them really cannot be measured.”
BLACK carried out appalling crimes against young boys. Unemployed Black, 49, of Aberdeen, admitted nine charges at the High Court in Edinburgh. His catalogue of abuse began 17 years ago and continued right up until his arrest in March 1995. He was jailed for 10 years at the High Court in Edinburgh.
CHURCH elder Maitland carried out sick sex attacks on a 12- year- old girl. And the victim’s parents were furious when the 72-year-old was sentenced to just 12 months. Maitland of Parkhead, Glasgow, abused the girl for a year, and was only caught after she told a friend, who alerted a teacher.
MILLIGAN and her husband Andrew sexually abused a young girl for seven years. They were jailed for a total of 13 years in 1995 for the sickening catalogue of abuse which began when the girl was just FIVE. They admitted abusing the girl at their homes in Methil, Fife, and Grangemouth, Stirlingshire.
CHURCH elder Wallace tied up a girl and filmed himself in a kinky sex act with her. He told the crying youngster: “The quicker you do as you are told, the quicker you’re finished.” Wallace preyed on the girl between the ages of 13 and 15. Wallace, 41, of Hurlford, Ayrshire, was caged for two years in 1995.
FORMER Boys’ Brigade officer Porter set up his own club, then took photos of boys in the nude. He was jailed for three months at Paisley Sheriff Court in February, 1995. The salesman, 39, admitted conducting himself in an indecent manner in Argyll and Renfrew-shire between 1985 and 1993.
EVIL minister Robb committed a string of sex offences against young boys. Robb, 54, packed manses in Pollokshields, Glasgow, and Tarbert with model planes, ships and train sets to lure his prey. Once snared, the boys suffered horrific abuse. He was jailed for seven years in 1994 at the High Court in Glasgow.
SHAMED cop Freeburn committed a string of sickening offences against young girls. The 40-year-old got just a year for fondling five girls in their beds at a house in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire. Even his sister, Cathy, 38, blasted the Falkirk Sheriff Court sentence. She said: “It’s bloody ridiculous. It’s not enough.”
FOSTER dad McNally abused four young girls – one in his care while he was a social worker. He was exposed when a 22-year-old woman told police she was abused 10 years earlier when he babysat. McNally and his wife , from Oban, cared for 27 children at their home. He was jailed for three years in 1994.
TWISTED weirdo McDonald stole shoes and clothes from little girls while working in 28 Scots schools as a locksmith. He had three previous convictions for similar offences. The 37-year-old, from East Lothian, stole confidential files on female pupils from more than 25 schools in the area.
SEX beast McKirdy raped a 12-year-old girl but was only jailed for four years. He told the High Court in Edinburgh that he couldn’t remember raping the girl because he had taken drugs. Sick McKirdy, from Paisley, smirked and made obscene gestures as he was driven away to begin his sentence.
BABYSITTER MacPherson tried to rape a four-year-old girl but got only four years jail. The child’s mum ran weeping from the High Court in Edinburgh when the sentence was passed. The 19-year-old pervert had tried to rape the girl at her Aviemore home after telling her he would make her bad dream go away.
BACHELOR Parfitt used his position as a school artist to attack pupils – during lessons. Parfitt, 31, of Cove, Dunbartonshire, worked as a school volunteer for 10 years before his sick attacks on boys and girls came to light. One victim was a seven-year-old boy. He was jailed for five years.
DEVIANT Allan, 49, tried to rape a nurse after being released from jail for a sex attack on a youth. He was jailed for life in 1982 after forcing his way into the 27-year- old sister’s home. In 1978, he got four years after attacking a youth in Jersey. He is a prisoner in Edinburgh but is expected to be released soon.
PERVERT teacher Hutcheson decided on a new career route after being convicted of molesting an 11-year-old girl – writing children’s books. Hutcheson, 58, of Edinburgh, walked free from court in 1994 with 200 hours community service. Parents had complained about him for 15 years.
REILLY’s sordid abuse of three 12-year-old girls left them devasted and one tried suicide several times. The offences only came to light when one of the girls told a teacher, Reilly, of Hamiltonhill, Glasgow, admitted the offences over three years. he was jailed for eight years at the High Court in Edinburgh.
SICK mum-of-two Mills committed sex acts with two boys. She was jailed for two months in 1992 at Hamilton Sheriff Court. Then 38, she assaulted the boys at her home in East Kilbride where she was looking after one of them. Sheriff George Crozier said Mills was guilty of “extremely serious offences”.
PERVERT Cunningham, 53, preyed on little girls in St Andrews. He was jailed for eight years last month for a reign of terror that lasted more than 20 years. Some of his victims – all aged between three and 13 – have been mentally scarred for life. Flasher Cunningham also interfered with some of the 10 girls.
DEAF Duff posed as a priest as he prowled the streets and preyed on young girls. Linlithgow Sheriff Court was told that he refused counselling. Duff, 22, of Livingston, West Lothian, admitted three charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour. He was locked up in a mental hospital in 1995.
FORMER Rangers footballer Watson was jailed in 1992 for five years after abusing three girls. He admitted interfering with them between 1980 and 1990. The judge at the High Court in Edinburgh slammed Watson, 40. He is NOT the Kenny Watson who signed for Rangers in 1975 from Montrose.
DEAF youth leader McMillan sexually abused two teenage boys in his home after meeting them through his work with kids. The Aberdeen man, 28, was put on probation for three years at the High Court in Edinburgh when he appeared for sentence in 1994. He was also ordered to complete 240 hours’ community service.
CARE worker Hogarth, 64, abused six young girls in children’s homes for seven years.
The father of seven from Danderhall, Midlothian, was jailed for three years at the High Court in Edinburgh in 1992. And the judge demanded to know why social workers ignored the complaints of his victims.
YOUNG stalker Sowersby could not control his sexual urges. He attacked a girl of 12 in his home town of Livingston, West Lothian. And just four days later, he dragged another 12-year-old into woods and tried to throttle her. He was jailed for seven years after the High Court in Edinburgh heard he could strike again.
WEIRDO Sean Regan was dubbed The Beast by worried kids in Dundee.
He was jailed for 30 days in 1993 for exposing himself to an eight-year- old girl in a city store.
But when 25-year-old Regan was later rehoused, his new home was just yards away from a nursery school.
GYM coach Allan Young , 54, from Glasgow, was given two years’ probation and 240 hours community service for touching a 10-year-old’s breasts and kissing her in the gym at Rutherglen, near Glasgow. He told her he loved her. He was cleared of abusing three other girls.
TWISTED Dickson, 85, of East Kilbride, became the oldest convict in Scotland when he was jailed last year in Glasgow. He got eight years for raping two young sisters, starting when one was only nine. He was caught after he asked one sister to his diamond wedding, reminding her of her ordeal.
if you go to page 4 you’ll see Kevin Kelly of course! SFA COMPANY CHECK
But the first name I immediately recognised wasn’t Kelly’s! It was McGinn.. So I googled JOHN McGinn & I was correct! kinda!
JOHN McGinn is JACK McGinn grandson wiki But that is NOT the same McGinn that’s on the SFA director list! Cause the SFA director McGinn was born in August 1932 which would make him about 85 years old. Therefore about the same age as Jack McGinn!
From researching yesterday’s blog!
“Danskin, of Braemar, Largo Road, Leven, of conducting himself in a shamelessly indecent manner towards a 25-year-old when he was aged between 14 and 18. He was further convicted of using lewd, libidinous and indecent behaviour to a boy aged between 8 and 14. He was also found guilty of conducting himself in a shamelessly indecent manner towards the same victim when he was aged between 15 and 18. A fourth charge of lewd and libidinous behaviour towards a youngster aged between 10 and 14 was found not proven. Danskin, the senior partner of Leven law firm Smith and Grant, committed the offences in Innerleven East Church hall, his offices and Silverburn House in Leven between 1985 and 1995 while he was Captain of the 1st Methil BB.”
But then, to my absolute horror, I found an article about one of the boys Danskin had abused – Steven Paterson – who was so traumatise by what that bastard did to him, that he ended up overdosing on heroin & he died aged only 19. He was just a kid…
In 2012, Alan James – one of the men convicted & jailed for blackmailing Danskin – reappears at an armed robbery in Glasgow & despite DNA evidence proving him to have been at the scene, he walked?!
But by the time I had read about Steven…. I couldn’t really face anymore! So i’m gonna call it a night, & I will just leave you with a very quick summary.
A couple of wee things jumped out at me from this article dated 1st Dec 1999
“He had denied all the charges against him and referred to his accusers as ‘lying heroin addicts’ but was found guilty after a 12-day trial.”
It then says at the end…
“East Fife Football Club said Mr Danskin had been replaced as chairman”
The first bit, What a NASTY BASTARD, but of course he is.. he is a child rapist!!
& as for East Fife.. they should learn to shut their cakehole!
Cause TWO WHOLE YEARS LATER he was still on the board of directors (until Dec 3rd 2001) I mean, let’s not pretend East Fife had cut all ties!! Or in fact ANY ties for that matter!
THE ALLEGED & THE PROVEN SCOTTISH FOOTBALL PAEDO I’VE FOUND ~ SO FAR!
500 youth coaches barred in Scotland for failing to undergo vetting checks https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/08/five-hundred-youth-coaches-barred-in-scotland-for-failing-to-undergo-vetting-checks
Hamilton Accies coach & former player Matt Craig dies aged 22 after a long illness http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15886876.Former_Hamilton_Accies_player_and_coach_Matt_Craig_dies_aged_just_22/
Nov 2016 #Football #Paedo: UK’s RIDDLED wi Paedo & #VIPaedo. Oh & #BigJockKnew https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/11/25/112518/
May 2016 Offshore firms buying up Scottish football including Celtic, Rangers, Dundee & Dumbarton http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14523181.Revealed__the_offshore_firms_buying_up_Scottish_football/
Aug 2014 Boys club coach to face kid sex rap. https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Boys+club+coach+to+face+kid+sex+rap.-a0378796155
March 2010 Tom’s life of reaching out to troubled youth recognised. https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/tom-s-life-of-reaching-out-to-troubled-youth-recognised-1-1234179
Sept 2004 SFA REGISTERED Female football coach fired for friendship with girl (14) https://www.thefreelibrary.com/KIDS+SPORTS+SCANDAL%3a+Female+football+coach+fired+for+friendship+with…-a0122233938
Aug 1998 TWO JAILED OVER PLOT TO BLACKMAIL SOCCER BOSS; Gay porn video threats. Leven Fife https://www.thefreelibrary.com/TWO+JAILED+OVER+PLOT+TO+BLACKMAIL+SOCCER+BOSS%3B+Gay+porn+video+threats.-a060662554
I have already shown a MAJOR link between the Rennie / Strachan paedo ring, Celtic & Martin Henry (the head of the footie inquiry)
Here is ANOTHER link!! Through the company FAIRBRIDGE (& there is more here)
There is a section at the bottom of the blog that explains how all the Fairbridges are the SAME COMPANY that have just had slightly different names. (Fairbridge Drake, Fairbridge in Scotland Fairbridge society etc) It also shows some of the “antics” McCafferty got up to whilst TORBETT was MANAGING DIRECTOR of the Scottish Fairbridge called Fairbridge in Scotland
I then I discovered in this article that a Mr Tom Watson was a Director of Fairbridge in Scotland… as can be seen in the screenshot
The article goes on to say….
By this point i have alarm bells ringing ALL OVER THE SHOP!! So, I started digging deeper! Mr Watson indeed does have A LOT of finders in A LOT of pies.. & every single one, is in relation to “disadvantaged” & disabled Scottish kids…
I’m sure you can imagine my total surprise when I wiki-d Willy only to discover that he had oh-so-conveniently upped & popped his clogs less than a month ago… (4th March 2018 ) Aye… and he was such a pretty man was Willy!
But even before I discovered all that, i had already decided That this all STINKS OF PAEDO. It was the second i saw the word YOUTHLINK, So i checked youthlink on companies house, & right enough there he was! Mr Watson, Page 4
You see, I’ve seen that name before & it was while i was researching of of my recent blogs about the link between Martin Henry (head of the footie inquiry) James Rennie & Celtic Paedo!!
Cause James Rennie, wasn’t just busy being an LGBT director & being a VILE paedo bastard from WITHIN the LGBT office he was sharing with Martin Henry… He was in fact a very busy wee paedo, cause at the same time, HE WAS ALSO A DIRECTOR OF YOUTHLINK James Rennie Companies House http://archive.li/byEzP
So, Mr Watson has been in two different kids “charities” alongside three BIG TIME, known paedophiles.. James Rennie & James Torbett & Jim McCafferty. All who we know were using charities as cover for paedo shite & to get access to kids
Scarier still is the fact Fairbridge Scotland is linked to youthlink, and therefore several other Scottish Kids Charities, including Venture Trust who Mr Watson is also a Director of. Thomas Watson Companies House http://archive.li/2r7kJ
McCafferty was employed by the Drake Fellowship – which went on to become Fairbridge Drake – where he took homeless boys on overnight trips.
Torbett, who was later convicted of abusing three boys at Celtic Boys Club, was the managing director of the charity, which eventually became Fairbridge in Scotland
McCafferty used a Drake Fellowship (sighthill) minibus to take two or three kids at a time on overnight stays to London.
Dad-of-two Iain, 57, said he met McCafferty in 1984 while he was working at Salvation Army’s Raisdale hostel in Barrhead, near Glasgow. The hostel housed homeless teens aged 15-18. McCafferty is believed to have been working for Drake Fellowship at the time. Iain said: “The group concentrated on yacht trips. We would send the kids down near London with McCafferty. They would do team-building training and outdoor activities, things like that. We ran a hostel-type situation for school leavers, aged about 16. Because they were school leavers, there weren’t the same restrictions as in a children’s home. The kids had freedom of movement. We would take them along to their courses and pick them up later on. They would go away for the weekend with the Drake Fellowship. McCafferty had a lot of contact with the kids then. After what he has admitted, this period should be investigated.” The Record’s original whistleblower on McCafferty – who we have not named – told how he was abused in a van used by McCafferty for Drake Fellowship activities. The vehicle was also used by McCafferty to take kids on their trips to London. The Drake Fellowship merged with the Fairbridge Society to become Fairbridge Drake in 1987. The organisation worked with vulnerable young people to help them into education and training.
They became Fairbridge, named Fairbridge In Scotland north of the border, in 1992, Celtic Boys Club coach Jim Torbett was named as managing director in company accounts that year. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/pervert-coach-kitman-jim-mccafferty-9420855
UK charity that supports young people aged 13–25, that has existed since 1987. Each year it supports around 3,700 disengaged young people who are either not in education, employment or training – or at risk of becoming so – at one of its fifteen centres on the country.
In January 2011 it was announced that Fairbridge will become part of The Prince’s Trust. result of the merging of two organisations, the Drake Fellowship and the Fairbridge Society.
The Fairbridge Society was established in 1909 by Kingsley Fairbridge. Moved by the levels of deprivation he saw in inner city areas of England, he established a charity to offer opportunities and education abroad to young people from broken homes. Currently (2017) The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA ), in full public hearings, is investigating the sexual abuse of children who were removed from British institutions and families between 1947 and the 70s, and taken to Australia and Canada by various charities and churches, including the Fairbridge Society.[1
Operation Drake was launched in 1978 at the suggestion of HRH The Prince of Wales. It was a two-year, round-the-world venture in which 400 young people from 27 nations worked with scientists and servicemen on projects in 16 countries. John Mogg (British Army officer)(also known as Sir Herbert John Mogg) was a Chairman of the Operation Drake Fellowship. In 1987, the Drake Fellowship merged with the Fairbridge Society to become Fairbridge Drake, and in 1992 the name was changed to Fairbridge.
Fairbridge’s patron was Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, its President was Damon Buffini and Vice-Presidents were Lady Dodds-Parker and Sir William McAlpine. In April 2011, Fairbridge will merge with The Prince’s Trust. The united organisation, will be called The Prince’s Trust. 16 centres. The charity operates from team centres in Bristol, Southampton, Hackney in East London and Kennington in South London, Chatham, Kent (based out of Offices within the Historic Chatham Dockyard), Birmingham, Liverpool, Salford in Greater Manchester and Bury in North Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle-uponTyne Cardiff, Swansea, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
UK child deportations of 50s: ‘most catastrophic child abuse’ in memory
“The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA ), in full public hearings, is investigating the sexual abuse of children who were removed from British institutions and families between 1947 and the 70s, and taken to Australia and Canada by various charities and churches, including Barnardos, the Fairbridge Society, and the Sisters of Nazareth. The children, once abroad, were kept in farm schools, where they suffered brutality and sexual abuse, were used as slave labour and deprived of a proper education.” https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/09/uk-child-deportations-of-50s-most-catastrophic-child-abuse-in-memory
Torbett, who was convicted of abusing three boys while at Celtic Boys Club, was the managing director of charity Drake Fellowship.
Pervert Jim McCafferty worked for a vulnerable children’s charity with ties to notorious football abuser Jim Torbett.
McCafferty was employed by the Drake Fellowship – later Fairbridge Drake – where he took homeless boys on overnight trips.
Torbett, who was later convicted of abusing three boys at Celtic Boys Club, was the managing director of the charity, which eventually became Fairbridge in Scotland.
McCafferty told the Record he had a “footballing relationship” with paedophile Torbett.
Now other victims and co-workers have come forward to reveal the full extent of the links between the vile pair.
Jim Torbett was convicted of abusing three young players at Celtic Boys’ Club (Image: Daily Record)
Iain Hamilton, who ran a Salvation Army hostel for vulnerable children, told us McCafferty used a Drake Fellowship minibus to take two or three kids at a time on overnight stays to London.
He has been horrified by McCafferty’s confession. He said: “I was so shocked when I saw his picture in the Record. I never had any idea what he was doing. Now I feel sick with guilt. I’m worried I was helping by delivering children to him.”
Dad-of-two Iain, 57, said he met McCafferty in 1984 while he was working at Salvation Army’s Raisdale hostel in Barrhead, near Glasgow.
The hostel housed homeless teens aged 15-18. McCafferty is believed to have been working for Drake Fellowship at the time.
Iain said: “The group concentrated on yacht trips. We would send the kids down near London with McCafferty. They would do team-building training and outdoor activities, things like that. We ran a hostel-type situation for school leavers, aged about 16. Because they were school leavers, there weren’t the same restrictions as in a children’s home. The kids had freedom of movement. We would take them along to their courses and pick them up later on. They would go away for the weekend with the Drake Fellowship. McCafferty had a lot of contact with the kids then. After what he has admitted, this period should be investigated.”
The Record’s original whistleblower on McCafferty – who we have not named – told how he was abused in a van used by McCafferty for Drake Fellowship activities.
The vehicle was also used by McCafferty to take kids on their trips to London. He said: “He ran this youth group that would take kids away to outdoor activities. I think the van had signage that mentioned Drake. He invited me to his office in the Sighthill area of Glasgow as well.”
Two other teenage boys also told us they fled a weekend trip organised by McCafferty in 1984.
Another victim, who revealed McCafferty’s links to Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell, who is at the centre of an abuse scandal in England, said he knew McCafferty when he worked for Fairbridge Drake.
The Drake Fellowship merged with the Fairbridge Society to become Fairbridge Drake in 1987. The organisation worked with vulnerable young people to help them into education and training. They became Fairbridge, named Fairbridge In Scotland north of the border, in 1992. Celtic Boys Club coach Jim Torbett was named as managing director in company accounts that year.
Former kitman Jim McCafferty apologises to his victims (Image: Daily Record/Trinity Mirror)
Torbett was later convicted of abusing three young boys while at Celtic Boys Club from 1968 to 1974. He was jailed for two-and-a-half years in 1998.
Yesterday, a former Celtic Boys Club player, who asked not to be named, told the Record that Torbett regularly organised matches against McCafferty’s Craigneuk Colts side in Wishaw in 1990.
The player, then 14, he was not abused by either man, but stated that McCafferty would often visit the Celtic youth side’s showers after the game.
McCafferty once took two women involved with Craigneuk Colts to visit Torbett’s Trophy Centre in Glasgow in the late 80s.
A former committee member said: “McCafferty told us he was friendly with the guy who owned that place. We met Mr Torbett there. McCafferty introduced us. He said, ‘This is a good friend of mine. He’ll give you a discount’.”
McCafferty this week insisted that he only ever had a “football relationship” with Torbett.
Torbett resigned his directorship of Fairbridge in Scotland later while awaiting trial for sex abuse.
Fairbridge were later dissolved and their activities came under the guidance of the Prince’s Trust in 2011.
A Prince’s Trust spokeswoman said: “We have checked and our HR records do not go as far back as the dates you have mentioned.”
There were no answer at Jim Torbett’s plush Glasgow flat last night when the Record tried to contact him regarding his relationship with McCafferty.
A witness has also told how McCafferty referred to Torbett as his “good friend” as they attempted to set up a new football team together. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/pervert-coach-kitman-jim-mccafferty-9420855 a
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Very quickly I would like to say a big thank you to all those at Follow Follow for taking the time to read this & to share it. Truly appreciated & thank you also for all your kind comments.
I was thinking…
One voice is never heard. Even 20 voices are never heard.. But an entire football stadium HAS & CAN be heard. (Even I’ve known about the song #BigJockKnew for years..& i don’t even like footie!) Rangers fans unbelievably managed to get #BigJockKnew accidental coverage on MANY CHANNELS, NATIONWIDE, PRIME TIME. Imagine if they were to make a new song just like #BigJockKnew & the fans all sang it regularly.. Well they would do it again wouldn’t they?! Just think of all the hundreds of thousand of people they could reach. That would be incredible & an immense help to the kids I would imagine…
Many Thanks Cat x
FOOTIE PAEDO SERIES
“I am sure that colleagues will want to join me in welcoming to the public gallery a number of visitors from LGBT Youth Scotland, including Jamie Rennie, the chief executive, & Martin Henry, the convener of its board. I want to give a particularly warm welcome to Sarah Rowlinson, who is one of the Philip Lawrence awardees. She is also a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament & was recently appointed as the vice convener of the LGBT Youth Scotland board. I am certain that the members who attended the LGBT Youth Scotland reception that I hosted in the Parliament last year will recall the exceptional speech that Sarah Rowlinson made on that occasion. I welcome & congratulate our visitors
(left) FATHER BRIAN GOWANS Chaplains’ Advisor to the Scottish Prison Service
Mr Michael Mathieson & Mrs Maureen Watt welcomed us to have lunch with them although it was a very busy & Mimportant day in Parliament. With Fr Brian I also visited two very special prisons: Polmont Young Offenders, where he was chaplain for some years, & Castle Huntly Open Estate, where he is working at present. External Affairs Minster announced the successful applicants for £7m of funding of projects in Malawi including grants to Christian Aid & Tearfund. In a subsequent Chamber debate Michael Matheson highlighted the work of Father Brian Gowans, a prison chaplain with SPS & expressed a desire to see work moving forward between the SPS & the Malawian Prison. Until April 2013, I was also Safeguarding Adviser to the Catholic Archiocese of St Andrew’s & Edinburgh & Chair of the Archdiocesan Risk Management Group. In 2011, I was a member of a small delegation of safeguarding experts which met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to discuss safeguarding in the Catholic Church – Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh
The Ordination to the Diaconate of Jamie McMorrin, 3 May 2015, Scots College, Rome. With Deacon Jamie & Archbishop Cushley are the priests of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh present at today’s Mass in Rome: Fr Nicky Welsh, Fr Brian Gowans, Fr Scott Deeley, Fr Michael John Galbraith, Fr Daniel Doherty, Fr Kevin Douglas & Fr Andrew Garden. Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh Archbishop Leo Cushley & Emeritus Bishop Keith O’Brien
Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh–~ Martin Henry May 26th, 2015 at 11:42 am
Father Denis O’Connell thumbing a lift in the PRIVATE PLANE of HIBS OWNER & one of Scotland’s Richest men, Sir Tom Farmer
Farmer owned 90% of Hibernian, He invested nearly £3 million to rescue the club from receivership and he continued to fund developments of Easter Road Farmer was made a Knight Commander with Star of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, highest honour that the Catholic Church can bestow on a layman. He was also knighted by Lizzy in 1997. He supports the charity Mary’s meals (Oddly, Mary’s Meals popped up here too )
In 2006, Farmer donated £100,000 to the SNP to help fund their campaign for 2007 Scottish Parliament general election. Farmer commented at the time that it was not an indication of his political allegiance but that he wanted the SNP to be able to compete financially.. (£100,000.? was that Salmond’s price to…. “look the other away?”)
SNP, apparently Alex Salmond was “SADDENED” at O’Briens resignation Which I must admit, I find a tad odd. The bloke ADMITTED he’s a paedo! Surely Salmond should been pleased O’Brien was no longer in such a powerful position? Obviously not! As he couldn’t wait to sing his praises, even going so far as to pay tribute to Cardinal Keith O’Brien following his resignation
Above. SAVILE, O’CONNELL & CELTIC’s JOCK STEIN
I qualified in Social Work in 1974 In 1993 I was awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy (Child Protection Studies) from Dundee University. My professional career has been spent in child and public protection both in the local authority & until early 2008 with Lothian and Borders Police as Executive Officer of Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Child Protection Office. From 2008 until October 2016 I was National Manager of Stop it Now! Scotland – the national programme for the prevention of child sexual abuse. I have served on a wide range of national and Government Working Parties on Child and Public Protection and am currently a Vice-Convenor of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and member of the Scottish Executive Committee of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA).
P.S “degree of Master of Philosophy (Child Protection Studies) from Dundee University.” Aint so fabulous when you consider other social workers frm Dundee Uni)
20 April 2018
The full report from the Independent Review of Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football is to be delayed.
The chairman of the group, Martin Henry, said they wanted to avoid prejudicing criminal proceedings.
An interim report will be provided to the Scottish Football Association in the meantime.
Publication of the full report, which had been due in “early 2018”, will follow the conclusion of any criminal proceedings.
Martin Henry said: “Throughout the review our central and abiding considerations have been the interests of survivors of abuse and the protection of young people.
“During our extensive information-gathering phase it was clear that the narratives of survivors who engaged with us are crucial to providing context and supporting the recommendations made in the final report of the review
“After obtaining the necessary legal advice, and in discussions with all relevant authorities and with survivors themselves, we do not wish to risk prejudicing ongoing criminal proceedings by publishing our report in full in the original timeframe.”
He added: “In order to ensure as many as possible of our recommendations are acted on quickly, we will provide an interim report detailing a number of issues of concern and some recommendations – but not including the narratives – to the board of the Scottish FA by late June, which will also be published online.
“It remains our full intention to submit the full final report without redaction upon the conclusion of all relevant criminal cases.”
The review was ordered in November 2016 after several former players came forward to say they were abused by people in positions of authority.
The SFA said it wanted to reassure people that football was a “safe and enjoyable environment for children”.
It said the review would focus on the “processes and procedures” in place, both currently and historically in Scottish football.
Police Scotland have said 298 crimes have so far been recorded in their investigation into football-related sexual abuse.
Officers have identified 153 abuse victims and charged 13 people since the inquiry was launched.
Nuns at Nazareth House were angry when police arrived to investigate
A man stripped and beat a boy “black and blue” in an assault at a children’s home, an inquiry has been told.
A witness at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, which is investigating the abuse of children in care, said that the man “battered hell” out of him at Nazareth House in Aberdeen in the 1960s when he was 11.
He said “I thought my time was up” and added that the nuns who ran the home would have been aware of the beating but did not come to see how he was.
The hearing in Edinburgh is now into the third day of examining four children’s homes, all of which have since closed, which were run by the Catholic congregation the Sisters of Nazareth. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nuns-ignored-beating-of-boy-x7m3sfzrw
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 in the 1960s when he was 11 years old.
He told the inquiry: “I thought my time was up.”
According to the witness the nuns who ran the home would have been aware of the incident but did not come to see how he was
The witness said the nuns who ran the home would have been aware of the incident but did not come to see how he was.
The hearing in Edinburgh is now into the third day of examining four children’s homes, no longer operating, which were run by the Catholic congregation the Sisters of Nazareth in Scotland.
The witness, now in his 60s, who cannot be identified, said he was attacked by the man – a regular visitor to the Aberdeen institution – after he was caught fighting or arguing with another boy.
He said: “He grabbed hold of me. He dragged me into a bathroom and battered hell out of me.”
The man had taken off the boy’s clothes, leaving him naked as he was punched, the inquiry was told.
“I was black and blue all over my body” said the witness, who could not recall how long the episode lasted.
He told senior counsel to the inquiry Colin MacAulay QC he has no idea why he was stripped, adding: “It’s not exactly a normal thing to do, is it, to a young boy? It’s a bit peculiar.”
He agreed he was shouting and screaming during the assault, which left him with bruises “all over my face, my back, my front and my legs”.
Pressed on whether the nuns would have been aware of the incident, he replied: “Yes definitely, they were aware but not one nun approached me.”
He told how he was unable to sleep that night and assumed he would not be going to school the next morning.
However, he said one nun told him: “Don’t think you’re getting away with not going to school.”
The witness told how the bus driver then referred him to the school headmaster and the police were called.
Officers later took him back to the home at Nazareth House, he told the inquiry, at which point a nun “took me into a wee side room and pulled me up for getting the police involved”. He added: “I told her it was the headmaster who called the police, not me.”
The witness said police had a word with the man but he did not believe the man was prosecuted.
“The annoying thing is he was back in the home that night, the next night after he assaulted me,” the witness added. “He was there every night for the next four years that I was there.”
The witness earlier told how the man would regularly turn up at the home at night, but he did not know what the purpose of the visits was.
“All the kids were terrified of him,” he said.
The witness also told how the nuns at the home were “quite abusive” and left him with a phobia of nuns ever since.
The inquiry, before Lady Smith, continues. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/man-stripped-beat-boy-black-12431851
A senior figure in the Catholic Church has been accused of orchestrating a “hostile rejection” of claims nuns were involved in the abuse of children.
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is currently hearing evidence relating to alleged abuse at four former children’s homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth.
Yesterday a lawyer for the victims said Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti had dismissed the allegations at Nazareth House in Aberdeen while bishop in the city, even allegedly referring to survivors as “the opposition”.
The inquiry also heard the congregation had previously denied there had been volunteers working in its establishments, despite the conviction earlier this year of a man who sexually abused three children at a home in Glasgow in the 1980s while working as a volunteer.
The inquiry, led by Lady Smith, yesterday heard police have received 308 complaints about 194 people associated with the institutions over a 50-year period.
Two senior figures from the order, who are not the subject of abuse allegations, sat in the public gallery as former residents spoke of a catalogue of abuse, including beatings, force-feedings and humiliations administered for wetting the bed.
One former resident, known only as “Rose” and now in her 70s, described one of the nuns at Nazareth House in Aberdeen as a “witch” who would bang children’s heads together or off walls if she considered them to be misbehaving.
Simon Collins, a solicitor representing In-Care Abuse Survivors (Incas), said there had been a refusal to believe survivors in the past which had led to “missed opportunities”.
He said: “The attitude of the Catholic Church will also feature (in the upcoming evidence), with some letters from the then Bishop Mario Conti of Aberdeen of particular interest.
“In one, while discussing arrangements for refreshments at some sort of demonstration in favour of the Sisters, he makes what appears to be a reference to survivors as ‘the opposition’.
“In another, he issues the challenge that ‘Those who call others to account for their actions must be prepared to defend their own when they make allegations.’ Such remarks were certainly felt by survivors as pressure and threats.”
He added: “It is hard to avoid the thought that the bishop’s apparent anger and energy might have been more productive at the time if it had been put into more serious investigation of allegations as opposed to hostile rejection. He would be an interesting witness in this chapter.”
David Anderson, representing the Bishops’ Conference, said it was clear that not taking matters seriously in the past had been the “wrong thing to do”.
Giving evidence on behalf of the Sisters of Nazareth last year, Sister Anna Maria Doolan admitted children had been abused and said the order was “very sorry”. The inquiry continues. https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/archbishop-conti-accused-of-calling-child-abuse-victims-the-opposition-1-4729804
YOUNG girl was told “the devil was inside” he as she was beaten by a nun at a Scots children’s home.
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard claims of beatings at the hands of nuns, force-feeding to the point of vomiting, being locked in a dark room and being made to bathe in disinfectant.
Children were also told that nobody wanted them, the inquiry heard, while one witness said she was told “the devil was inside me” as a nun hit her.
“The psychological damage I saw people suffering … it’s unbelievable,” another witness told the hearing in Edinburgh.
The inquiry heard that police in Scotland have received more than 300 complaints of alleged abuse over a 50 year period at children’s homes run by a Catholic congregation. Officers have received 308 complaints about 194 people associated with institutions run by the Sisters of Nazareth from the 1930s to 1980s. The figure emerged as witnesses recounted a number of incidents of abuse they said they suffered at the order’s home in Aberdeen around the 1940s and 1950s.
The inquiry has begun hearing evidence about homes run by the order in four locations including: Aberdeen, Cardonald in Glasgow, Lasswade near Edinburgh and Kilmarnock in Ayrshire.
In opening remarks, Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen, representing Police Scotland, told chair Lady Smith: “Since 1995, police investigations have been undertaken in relation to reported abuse dating back to the 1930s within the Sisters of Nazareth institutions. Police Scotland has recovered records of complaints received from 308 former residents against 194 persons associated with children’s residences within Nazareth House institutions between 1934 and 1984. To date, 58 files concerning Sister of Nazareth institutions have been provided to the inquiry.”
One witness said today: “We were never loved, ever, by any of them.”
The woman now in her 70s, who cannot be named, was at the Aberdeen home in the 1940s and 1950s. She said she rarely saw her siblings and did not know her surname until she was 12 years old.
The witness told how one nun would make misbehaving children get down on their knees in front of her and she would bang their heads together.
She also recounted having to dust coffins which she believed contained the bodies of nuns and smelt of “death”. “You can’t forget that smell,” she said.
Mark Lindsay, solicitor for the Sisters of Nazareth, earlier repeated an “unreserved” apology to anyone abused in the congregation’s care. The inquiry continues on Wednesday. https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2551156/nuns-abuse-devil-sisters-of-nazareth-child-abuse-inquiry/