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The Quarriers sweethearts reunited after 50 years who are overcoming their childhood abuse

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/real-life/quarriers-sweethearts-reunited-after-50-11175787 

Childhood sweethearts Sandy Smith and Jayne Taylor-Savery have both been supported by Future Pathway, helping them come to terms with abuse in a children’s home.    UPDATED    09:51, 18 SEP 2017

Sandy Smith and Jayne Taylor-Savery

ALMOST fifty years after they first met in a children’s home where they were abused by staff, a couple have been reunited.

Sandy Smith and Jayne Taylor-Savery, both 65, were both residents at the Quarriers Children’s Home in Bridge of Weir. Quarriers is one of many organisations that has recently apologised to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry about physical and sexual abuse inflicted upon some children in its care.

More than 60 institutions in Scotland are currently being investigated.

But survivors of abuse in care can now access support from a £13.5 million Future Pathways fund set up by the Scottish Government.

Sandy and Jayne have both benefitted from the fund, which has helped them access practical and emotional support to ease their suffering, a legacy of the trauma they both suffered as children.

They found each other again four years ago after reconnecting on an online forum for former residents of Quarriers.

“It is amazing and wonderful,” says Sandy. “Jayne was the girl I’d wanted for my wife from the beginning and almost 50 years later we have fallen in love again.”

Jayne added: “We have so much in common – not least our time at Quarriers.”

Both Sandy and Jayne have battled emotional trauma as a result of their childhoods – both are divorced and Sandy has suffered from depression.

But finding each other and accessing help from Future Pathways has been their lifeline.

Quarriers Children’s Village in Bridge of Weir

“I don’t think I would have opened up if I didn’t have the protection of Future Pathways behind me,” says Jayne, who lives in Dundee.

Registered disabled, Jayne has received a mobility scooter by Future Pathways to improve her quality of life, which means Sandy no longer needs to push her wheelchair when they are out and can instead walk by her side.

And Sandy, who lost the use of one arm after a car accident, is set to undergo treatment to help him regain some mobility, again with funding from Future Pathways.

“They are compassionate and they are there 24-7. I am privileged to have Future Pathways in my life,” says Jayne.

Sandy adds: “When you are a victim there’s very little support and there’s so many people frightened to come forward to speak about it – it took me 50 years.

“But speak up for yourself, there’s nothing to be frightened of with Future Pathways there to offer support.”

Many victims of childhood abuse have grown up with opportunities denied, from basic education to the safety and security that others take for granted.

Hundreds have already come forward, but there could be hundreds more eligible for support.

Anyone over 18 who experienced abuse while living in care, which includes residential or foster care, boarding school – state or private – a long-term stay in hospital or time spent in a young offenders institution, can apply.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/survivors-abuse-urged-take-positive-11135180

 

NOBEL PRIZE NOM ROBERT GREEN WRITES TO TIMES ABOUT THEIR SHAMEFUL HEATH DEFENCE

NOBEL PRIZE NOM ROBERT GREEN WRITES TO TIMES ABOUT THEIR SHAMEFUL HEATH DEFENCE

NOBEL PRIZE NOM ROBERT GREEN WRITES TO TIMES ABOUT THEIR SHAMEFUL HEATH DEFENCE

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From: Robert Green
Sent: 25 September 2017 19:25
To:martin.ivens@sunday-times.co.uk
Subject: Fw: Rosie Waterhousei

Dear Mr Ivens,

This email concerns the disgraceful and misleading article in which unjustified attacks were made on both my reputation and that of Chief Constable Mike Veale, a gallant and professional police officer who is simply performing his duty in the face of nasty and ill-judged attacks from those who should know better.

Please feel free to contact me in the interests of fair play.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Green

 

From: Robert Green
Sent: 25 September 2017 19:10
To: Gillespie, James
Subject: Rosie Waterhousei

Dear James,

I shall be writing to the editor about both the attack on my reputation contained within the poorly-researched article published yesterday.

As I mentioned in our conversation, I was particularly disturbed to learn of Rosie Waterhouse as one of its co-authors.

Ms Waterhouse has a long and notorious record in trying to continuously undermine the credibility of those who come forward to report satanist ritual abuse (SRA), despite the number of proven convictions for this type of crime.

I have listened to the testimonies of many victims and the many of the alleged crimes committed against  them are simply too horrific to be widely spoken about in detail. Targets include the most vulnerable members of society including children, babies, foetuses and even some adults, who are often intimidated into silence by means of appalling threats or blackmail. The basic tactics of these criminals do not alter greatly.

Even more common, for obvious reasons, is the existence of the torture, mutilation and sacrifice of animals.

If the public were to learn the truth about the horror and scale of SRA, there would be a public outcry never before experienced in our country.

Instead, Rosie Waterhouse`s apparent mission is to use any means in order to publicly discredit probable victims. I suspect that your highlighted comment about the police interviewing “people who believe in satanic ritual abuse” as if it was merely a matter of personal opinion may be another example of this kind of inaccurate black propaganda, when the facts relating to convictions are quite clear that these types of crime not only exist, but are admitted by the Metropolitan Police as being under-reported.

Of course, you may show this email to Ms Waterhouse and she is free to make any comment she wishes in her defence. I do want to be fair about this concerning issue of misleading journalism.

I look forward to hearing from you about both a retraction over comments about me and clarification over the points that were clearly wrongly reported.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Green

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4916046/Remorse-police-chief-abuse-appeal.html

http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/11612659.Scottish_inquiry_could_help_Hollie_Greig_campaigner/

 

 

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Child abuse survivors at Bridge of Weir home say scale of attacks is comparable to Jersey ‘house of horror’

A lawyer for victims said there was evidence  of a ‘Quarriers way’ during the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

A lawyer for victims at the facility in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, drew similarities with the notorious Haut de la Garenne children’s home in Jersey.
The former Quarriers home in Bridge of Weir

Stuart Gale QC told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry there was evidence of a “Quarriers way” similar to the “Jersey way” of protecting powerful figures and preventing whistle-blowing.

Speaking during closing statements of phase one of the inquiry, he also said survivors are disappointed with the “weasel words” used by some organisations to avoid issuing full, unequivocal apologies for abuse under their care.

More than 20 former residents of Quarriers during the 1970s have complained of abuse.

Gale said Quarriers “continue to underplay the extent of abuse that occurred within the institution and the attendant failures of their systems to prevent abuse.”

Victims have criticised Quarriers and numerous other organisations for the lack of record-keeping at the time of the abuse and possible removal of records in later years.

Mr Gale added: “We cannot understate the further harm caused to survivors by the intimidation of witnesses in the criminal trials and the tactics deployed on behalf of Quarriers in the civil litigations, which were designed  to doubt the evidence of those whose abusers had been convicted.”

Quarriers were contacted but could not be reached for comment.

david.bateman@the-sun.co.uk

Child abuse survivors at Bridge of Weir home say scale of attacks is comparable to Jersey ‘house of horror’

Ex-child abuse inquiry chairwoman Susan O’Brien loses damages claim

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40506074 

A £500,000 damages claim brought against the Scottish government by the former chairwoman of a child abuse inquiry has been thrown out of court.

A judge ruled Susan O’Brien QC’s compensation claim should be dismissed.

He said she had failed to plead a relevant case of breach of contract or infringement of article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Lord Pentland held that the case advanced on behalf of Ms O’Brien for breach of contract was “misconceived”.

He ruled that the article 8 breach arguments of the action, covering the right to respect for private and family life, were “unsound”.

Ms O’Brien was appointed to head the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in July 2015 but resigned a year later after facing the sack over “unacceptable” comments.

She was replaced by High Court judge Lady Smith.

‘Proportionate and fair’

Ms O’Brien raised an action for damages at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

She had sought an order from the court declaring ministers’ actions in invoking procedure under the Inquiries Act 2005, proposing to terminate her appointment, amounted to a breach of contract and were incompatible with her rights.

The Scottish government said it welcomed the decision to dismiss the damages claim.

A spokesman said it confirmed “that ministers acted lawfully in exercising their responsibilities under the Inquiries Act 2005 and other relevant legislation”.

The spokesman added: “The judge has confirmed that the decision by ministers to undertake an investigation was, in the circumstances, appropriate, proportionate and fair.

“The focus of the Scottish government remains on supporting the successful operation of the independent public inquiry.”