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Satanist Ritual Abuse Is Real In The Uk Heres The Proof

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HOLLIE SCOTLAND SHAME

http://holliedemandsjustice.org/

 

SCOTISH INDEPENDENCE SCOTLANDS SHAME HOLLIE GREIG AND OTHER ABUSE CASES

 

Christians Demand Action Against Satanist Ritual Abuse

By Wilfred Wong for English Churchman

Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) exists in Britain and is a growing problem, harming and destroying the lives of an increasing number of children and vulnerable adults because the UK authorities are simply not taking this crime seriously, a conference in London of about 60 Christians heard on Saturday 21 May. The conference was organised by the Christian organisation, the Coalition Against Satanist Ritual Abuse (CASRA), which was founded in February 2014 to provide a permanent UK organisation that campaigns against SRA, conducts research on this issue and publicly exposes it.

LIST OF SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED SRA CASES IN BRITAIN

(Note: this is not an exhaustive list)

1.   On 9th November 1982, Malcolm and Susan Smith and Albert and Carole Hickman, were convicted in Telford, Shropshire for a series of sexual and physical assaults against children during the course of satanic rituals.Malcolm Smith carved an inverted cross on one child’s abdomen and branded her genitals with a red-hot altar knife. 

2.   On 23rd July 1987 Brian Williams was convicted at London’s Central Criminal Court for the sexual abuse of 15 girls and boys. He assaulted his victims on an altar dedicated to Satanand forced them to abuse each other.The rituals were performed with a Satanist pentagram drawn on the floor in blood. 

3.   On 8 August 1990 Reginald Harris was convicted at Worcester Crown Court after admitting to two specimen charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15 year old girl and her younger sister. Harris told his victims he was a satanist high priest. The children were terrified into submission by Harris’s satanist rituals. He had drawn up a satanist “coven contract of marriage” to the older girl.

4.    On 3rd July 1992 a 57 year old satanist was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to 12 years in prison for sexually abusing his niece. He had raped his victim two or three times per week between the ages of 10 and 12. The Court also heard details of a “black magic room” where the abuser kept an altar and ritual equipment. When the child was 12 she became pregnant and was required by her uncle to give birth in that room. The victim was terrified by her uncle’s satanist rituals. He threatened to rape her younger sister and kill her pets if she ever spoke of the abuse. On one occasion he snapped the neck of one of her pets in front of her and drowned another.

Judge Dennis Clark told the man: “Your fascination with the occult or devil-worship played a part in impelling you towards this evil behaviour.” 

5.    On March 11, 2011, Colin Batley, the leader of a Satanist coven, was convicted at Swansea Crown Court of more than 20 sexual offences against children including 11 rapes. 

He and other satanists had ritually abused children in Kidwelly, Wales, where their coven was based. The children, some as young as 11, were subjected to “organised and systematic” abuse by Batley, his wife and two women coven members.

Jacqueline Marling, 42, was jailed for 12 years for aiding and abetting rape, causing prostitution, indecency with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.   Batley’s wife Elaine, 47, was jailed for eight years on three charges of indecency with a child and sexual activity with a child.   Shelly Millar, 35, was jailed for five years for indecency with a child and inciting a child to engage in sex. A fifth defendant, Vincent Barden, 70, admitted assaulting an under-age girl.

6.    Two members of a Witches’ coven in St. Ives, Cornwall, were convicted at Truro Crown Court in December 2012 for their “ritualistic, sickening” sex abuse of young girls. Jailing Jack Kemp for 14 years and Peter Petrauske for 18, Judge Graham Cottle told them: “The offences range from the extremely serious to the truly horrifying.” 

The judge said that the scars left on the victims were so obvious “that it would seem extremely unlikely that either of them have any real prospect of recovery.”   Petrauske was convicted of rape, aiding and abetting an attempted rape, and indecent assault. Kemp was convicted of 10 sexual offences.

7.   On February 9, 1989, Winchester Crown Court sentenced a sixty-year-old engineer to twelve years’ imprisonment on two charges of incest with one of his five daughters. The man, who was described in court as a practising Satanist had fathered several children by his own daughter. To one of them, to whom he was both father and grandfather, he later committed acts of gross indecency and indecent assault.   He made his daughter pregnant no less than five times. She had two miscarriages, a still-birth and a normal child. Another was profoundly mentally and physically handicapped.  He claimed to have been “instructed by the spirits” to have sex with his daughter.   When police arrested the man at his home in Fareham near Portsmouth they found a small room in the bungalow that he described as his “magic room”. There were occult symbols on the floor and on the walls, and occult and witchcraft books. They also found a black priest’s robe and an altar. On it were phials of oil used in sex rituals.   He pleaded not guilty to charges of incest with his four other daughters.

8.    On 25 July 1988, Hazel Paul, a 28 year old mother of three, was jailed for 5 years at the Old Bailey.   Paul was convicted of falsely imprisoning a 15-year-old girl and inflicting on her grievous bodily harm during satanic rituals. She also hypnotised the girl and encouraged a male friend to sexually abuse her.

The jury heard a 15-year-old boy describe how Paul had ordered him to cut and carve the girl during rituals which also involved placing lighted candles on or around the victim’s vagina.   Two other defendants were convicted with Paul of the assaults. The jury heard, and accepted by convicting, the explicit details of Paul’s satanic rituals. 

9.   In 1987, Andrew Newell was sentenced to seven years in prison for killing his best friend in what was regarded by the police as a Satanist ritual. Newell stabbed Philip Booth five times around the heart. A murder charge was later reduced to manslaughter. Books on the occult and occult symbols were found in his room, with the words Lucifer, Leviathan, Satan and Belial.   Timothy Barnes QC, told the court that Newell’s record box had been used as a makeshift black magic altar. It was covered with bloody fingerprints and a smear of Philip Booth’s blood.

“When police opened the box they found a lot of material associated with the supernatural,” he said, “including candles that had been lit and a white-handled knife.”

10.    Peter MacKenzie was sentenced at St. Albans Crown Court in August 1989 to 15 years in prison for 4 rapes and 17 other sexual assaults against 13 juvenile girls. His victims were as young as 6.  An accomplice, John Baxter-Taylor, pleaded guilty to one charge of indecent assault and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.  The court heard how MacKenzie told his victims he was ‘Asmodeus’, an historic satanic name principally associated with 19th century French Satanism, and made them recite prayers dedicated to him.  MacKenzie had sexual intercourse with girls aged 6 and 7 by promising them magic powers. MacKenzie said they could become witches in his magic circle.  He terrified his victims by warning them that unless they took part in the rituals and kept silent about the abuse they would die.  All the children had to undergo counselling and psychiatric help, which was expected to last for several years.

 

October 26th 2017  Mr Wong talking about Satanist Ritual Abuse at the Fresh Start Foundation Press Conference   (time should be set, if not, starts at 19m 55secs)

Wilfred Wong Satanic Ritual Abuse Pt 1   29 Sept 2015 
https://youtu.be/f4dkAhvt3zg
Wilfred Wong Satanic Ritual Abuse Pt 2   2nd Nov 2015 
https://youtu.be/RTX4ky-Fg5s

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Mr Wilfred Wong


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Satanic Scotland {Part 2} https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/06/09/satanic-scotland-part-2/

SCOTS KIDS MURDERED IN PAEDO SNUFF  https://spidercatweb.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/scottish-children-filmed-in-paedophile-snuff-movies/
SCULPTOR’S CAVE  https://spidercatweb.blog/2015/09/18/ezkq-k11k/
DOGS USED TO HUNT UK KIDS https://spidercatweb.blog/2015/11/02/children-hunted-by-dogs-in-uk/
SATANIC PAEDO PRACTICES OF THE BRIT ROYALS  https://spidercatweb.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/satanic-paedophile-practices-of-british-royal-family/

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https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/27/ted-heath-police-child-abuse-inquiry-fantastical-evidence

UK Column Live – Satanic Ritual Abuse

https://www.ukcolumn.org/ukcolumn-news/uk-column-live-satanic-ritual-abuse

 

Ritual Abuse

http://www.abuse-survivors.org.uk/what-is-abuse/ritual-abuse

Ritual Abuse

On The Web

End Ritual Abuse – www.endritualabuse.org
This site provides articles, resources, and links to information and support.

Extreme Abuse Survey – www.extreme-abuse-survey.net
Results, findings, questionnaires and presentations. More than 750 pages of documentation.

Mind Justice – www.mindjustice.org
An extensive and well-organized site on with articles, source material, and position papers on mind control, torture, and non-lethal weapons

Ritual Abuse, Ritual Crime and Healing – www.ra-info.org
Information for Survivor’s, Therapists and Others.

Ritual Abuse Network Scotland – www.rans.org.uk
An informative and useful resource for anyone connected with ritual abuse anywhere in the world, be they survivors, counsellors, or just a concerned friend.

 

 

 

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/533091/EXCLUSIVE-Charities-claim-satanic-abuse-children-rife

EXCLUSIVE: Charities claim that the satanic abuse of children is rife

CHILDREN have been the victims of satanic abuse including rape, murder and even the production of so-called snuff films which depict killings, two leading charities claimed last night.

DJ Jimmy Saville raped a girl of 15 during a satanic ritual

ROSS PARRY AGENCY

DJ Jimmy Saville raped a girl of 15 during a satanic ritual

One campaigner said he had heard of babies born but never registered, so they would not be missed when killed by secret paedophile networks.The existence of such terrifying cults is said to have gone unchecked in Scotland for decades, with victims facing scepticism and outright disbelief.Many incidents took place years ago but experts are sure ritual abuse rings still operate.Police Scotland said yesterday they were taking the allegations “incredibly seriously” and would investigate any complaints.The claims will put the Scottish government under intense pressure to announce a public inquiry into historic child sexual abuse, with Scotland now the only part of the UK without such a review.The disturbing claims of snuff films and widespread ritual abuse made by two charities came to light during a lengthy investigation by the Sunday Express.

Horrific things are happening and nobody is getting caught

Joseph Lumbasi

Last year we revealed that shamed DJ Jimmy Savile raped a girl aged 15 in 1975 during a satanic abuse ritual, while cloaked paedophiles looked on.Kate Short, of Kilmarnock-based charity Break The Silence, said: “We have had quite a lot of people who have been abused as part of a cult or a paedophile ring.http://www.breakthesilence.org.uk/“In the worst cases they have been forced to watch the making of snuff movies.”It’s the extreme, barbaric type of terror that can lead to serious personal disorder.“Victims are so brainwashed they don’t dare to speak out.”Charity Izzy’s Promise is based in Dundee.http://rans.org.uk/

Project co-ordinator Joseph Lumbasi said: “Babies are aborted for sacrifices.

“There is pornography, sick films.

“Horrific things are happening and nobody is getting caught.” 

ROD LIDDLE

Pity the satanic abuse police – they have to be 120 per cent gullible

That evil bastard Edward Heath fooled us with his organ playing and yachting when he really liked Satan and killing children

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/02/pity-the-satanic-abuse-police-they-have-to-be-120-per-cent-gullible/

 

When evil visited Orkney: Untold story of ritual child abuse allegations on the island

A quarter of a century ago, Orkney was shattered by allegations of satanic ritual abuse on the island

A quarter of a century ago, Orkney was shattered by allegations of satanic ritual abuse on the island

Many people reading this will snort in derision – hasn’t SRA long been discredited? It’s just daft social workers without the wit to know when kids are being over-imaginative? Isn’t it?

A cardinal has fallen, the Catholic Church’s schools and institutions have been revealed as riddled with cruelty and perversion, and family entertainers have been exposed as paedophiles and rapists – and yet we doubt that this form of sexual abuse, which has existed for thousands of years, is still with us.

 

I first got involved in investigating SRA more than 20 years ago. Before Orkney there was a group of travelling families in Ayrshire whose children started talking about family abuse. One said he and his brothers had been filmed touching adults’ “wuggies and bums”. They were taken into care and there were endless court processes examining the evidence.

A few years earlier there was a kind of consensus among social workers that children didn’t lie about stuff like that. And at first no-one doubted the Ayrshire children. Forensic evidence backed up many of the things they said. One described his aunt crawling up his body and extracting two of his back teeth with a pair of big long scissors. A doctor from Glasgow Children’s Dental Hospital confirmed that the outer enamel of his teeth had come out in a neat, clean break that was “highly unusual” and could have been caused by using an instrument.

But five years after the initial charges had been made the parents were granted leave to petition for nobile officium, the ultimate appeal in Scots law. Evidence which had been accepted for five years was suddenly thrown into question. A new sheriff said the child who’d started the whole process off was a devious, manipulative little boy and should be sent back home – despite admitting that “it is possible that this has been a case of child abuse”.

By then the tide had turned. After a number of years of sensational convictions, there was suddenly a consensus among the media and the judiciary that there was no such thing as satanism. There were lying children, of course. Everyone knows the little sods lie all the time. There were also hysterical social workers, who, despite years of professional training, had all been swept up in a craze for madcap American thinking. And there were only innocent parents, poor victims whose children had been snatched from them and who must have their little darlings restored to them immediately. The family as the primary social unit was not to be questioned again – Britain’s newspapers would make sure of that.

The children in Ayrshire were sent home and so were the children who’d been removed from their homes in Orkney. They’d been taken to the mainland and housed with foster families in Highland region and in Strathclyde. There, they said the most bizarre things. One nine-year-old boy directed a play in which the “minister” was shown wearing split trousers revealing his bare backside, which the boy then hit. A seven-year-old girl in a different foster family became uncharacteristically aggressive when she was told she was going home and smashed a doll on the ground. She said she didn’t want to go and stood “like a wooden doll”, refusing to get dressed.

Such strange behaviour proves nothing, of course, though the fact there was so much of it in children from different accused families might surely have given the authorities pause for thought. Instead, Sheriff David Kelbie sent the children home without testing the evidence in court. This decision was criticised by the Law Society of Scotland and by Lord Clyde in his inquiry into the case, but that fact has been ignored for 25 years, to the extent that even as respected a news outlet as the BBC can report that the parents in Orkney were innocent. Innocent till proven guilty? Yes, but innocent beyond the shadow of a doubt? That, the Orkney parents can never claim.

Over the past 25 years I have written a number of articles on SRA and on recovered memory; I have gone back to Orkney to re-investigate; I have chased up members of the W family, the huge family at the heart of the case. Most of the articles have never seen the light of day. The one major piece I managed to get into the mainstream was in The Guardian Weekend magazine under the editorship of Deborah Orr. The house lawyer told her the article had a tendency to suggest the accused parents in Ayrshire were guilty. She chose to publish it in full.

Others were not so brave and it became one of the great frustrations of my writing career that I’d pour months of research into a piece, only to have it buried. One editor, on receiving an interview about a woman tied up in a cage for months, said she just didn’t believe such things happened. I’ve always wondered how she felt when Natascha Kampusch emerged from her years of captivity or when Elizabeth Fritzl talked about being imprisoned and raped by her own father.

EVEN those who deny the existence of international satanist networks can hardly pretend that satanist abuse never happens – in 2002 Manuela and Daniel Ruda were convicted by a German court of killing Frank Haagen, carving a pentagram into his stomach and drinking his blood. In 2011 Colin Batley was convicted of leading a satanist cult in the west Wales town of Kidwelly. Among other things he committed 11 separate rapes, three indecent assaults, six counts of buggery and four counts of possessing indecent images of a child.

Over and over again satanist abuse has been proved to exist, so why does so much energy go into denying it? I have never been able to understand it and in the end decided to have one final shot at putting SRA into the public domain again. I’d been talking to Bob, a survivor who’d been abused by a satanic sex ring as a child. Although he’d made a life for himself with marriage and a good job, his memories had started to take over his life, he’d lost the job and was now struggling to survive. I told him I probably wouldn’t be able to get his story into the papers, but he said it would help to talk about it. It was he who suggested I fictionalise it.

I was dubious at first because this form of abuse is so sensational in its essence that it’s hard to believe. People who’d tackled it before either went for horror, like Dennis Wheatley, or else drew in elements of the supernatural, as in Phil Rickman’s Midwinter Of The Spirit, recently dramatised on television. I find it hard to believe in the spirit world so the latter was not an option.

What I settled for was to make the story as real as possible and in doing so, to demystify it. Whether the perpetrators believe in the dark gods is irrelevant to me but what they do to their victims has haunted me for years. They tell children that satan always sees them – he’s the spider in the corner of the room or the staring-eyed cat. They have no freedom in their heads, which seems to me the cruellest abuse of all.

It was natural to set my novel, Dark Web, in Orkney, not just because I knew about the historic case but because the landscape there is so imbued with human history. The Neolithic village of Skara Brae, the chambered tombs all over the islands, the immense standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar all form a dramatic backdrop that makes you question what it is to be human.

Although the book is short, it has taken a huge amount of time – writing, shaping, rewriting. Trying to make it credible in literary terms is not the same as telling the truth. The publisher who had an option on the book thought it was very powerful though had some questions about the Orkney setting. Still, when she invited me for dinner at her house I thought we were going to discuss publication dates – she wanted autumn but I wanted to go earlier, at the summer solstice, as the climax of the book is set on that day.

Over wine and salmon she told me the book was on an important subject and was powerful, indeed scorching. But she said her editor had said he’d resign if she published it. Choosing to locate the story on Orkney would cause people to be triggered, even if they’d only peripherally been involved. Some of them might even commit suicide. You wouldn’t set a novel about a spree killer in Dunblane, would you?

I don’t think anything is barred to a writer, but she said I was immoral and heartless for even considering it. Given that the book has been driven all along by a concern for the survivors of SRA I found that hard to take, but also deeply puzzling. People who commit suicide generally do so because they find themselves unable to carry on with life, not because they’ve read something on a subject they already know about. People don’t normally threaten to resign over a book. My first two fictional books were nominated for literary prizes and one had been promoted in WH Smith, so such obdurate resistance was unexpected. As our argument became more robust her whole response seemed to me to be more and more irrational.

After years of struggle I shouldn’t have been surprised but I am still baffled. The setting won’t please the people of Orkney, who I’m sure would like to forget that the scandal of 25 years ago ever happened. But then I’m not writing for their tourist board – and the irony is that the book’s early readers have all really liked the evocations of the Orkney landscape. It seems to me that if the novel upsets anyone involved in the case it’s likely to be the people accused of abuse. My concern is not for them, because I believe they’re guilty – but that’s only my opinion and because it hasn’t been tested in the courts I can’t prove it.

Just as they can’t prove they’re innocent.

We’re supposed to be free to express our opinions in this country, but you wouldn’t think so from the way the publishing industry has reacted so far. I’ve approached over 30 agents and publishers and they have all said no.

Well, I say no too. No to pretending that families always provide ideal homes. No to abusing victims twice, the second time by refusing to believe them. I say no to depriving children of support, to making professionals unable to protect children properly. No to covering up the darker aspects of human nature till we’re absolutely forced to acknowledge them. Do we always have to wait till people are dead before we’re brave enough to expose them? To my knowledge, former prime minister Edward Heath was reported by at least five people to have been involved in satanic ceremonies. But the people who reported him were patients, so who could believe them? Right?

If I sound angry it’s because I am. Allegations of varying kinds of sexual abuse against Heath have now been received in eight different police authorities. The current inquiry, involving 4500 boxes of Heath’s personal papers, is being overseen by Wiltshire Police, who were investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission in 2015 for allegedly failing to follow up similar accusations in the 1990s. Well, maybe they’ll get it right this time, when there’s no powerful political figure to go up against, when officers won’t slide down the promotions ladder because they’ve offended the wrong person. Maybe the press, society’s guard dog, will get it right now there’s no danger of being sued for libel. There is, after all, no risk in accusing a dead person.

The convictions, the ritual shamings of perpetrators, the public apologies are always, always, too late.

THE BRITISH BROADCASTING COMPAND  BBC  SHOWS THE TRUE COLORS OF SRSA

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/topics/Satanic_ritual_abuse 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/bbc-accused-of-presenting-a-conspiracy-theory-in-radio-4-satanic-abuse-documentary-10301281.html

‘150 victims’ in Scottish football abuse inquiry

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40556987

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Image captionAllegations of abuse have been made by former players across the UK

More than 150 people have so far reported being the victims of historical child sexual abuse within Scottish football.

A major Police Scotland investigation was launched in November after the force received reports of “non-recent child abuse within football”.

Since then, the force said it had made a total of 11 arrests.

Similar allegations of sexual abuse have been made by former players across the UK.

In its latest update on the investigation, Police Scotland said a total of 162 people had come forward to either report or provide information about child abuse in Scottish football, with the force also having “proactively made contact with a number of victims and witnesses”.

Det Ch Supt Lesley Boal said: “As of 30 June 2017, 11 people have been arrested, more than 150 people have reported being sexually abused as a child within a football club setting and 295 crimes have been recorded.”

She said the force’s specialist investigation team was “progressing well” with the inquiry.

‘Not alone’

Urging any remaining victims to contact either the police or the dedicated NSPCC helpline, she said: “Our assurance to anyone who has not felt able to report so far is you are absolutely not alone.

“We will listen, we will investigate regardless of where or when the abuse occurred, and we will take prompt action to ensure that no-one else is at risk of harm.”

She also urged anyone with any information or concerns about anyone who may pose a risk to children, or who may have abused a child, to the police or their local social work department.

‎A BBC Scotland investigation revealed in December that former youth coach and referee Hugh Stevenson was allowed to carry on working in football for several years after being reported to police and the SFA over child sex offences.

Another BBC documentary earlier this year revealed fresh allegations of child sex abuse against the founder of Celtic Boys’ Club, Jim Torbett.

Torbett was jailed for two years in 1998 after being convicted of abusing three former Celtic Boys’ Club players, including former Scotland international Alan Brazil, between 1967-74. He “vehemently denies” the new allegations against him.

Jim McCafferty, a former youth coach who was the kit man for Celtic, Hibernian and Falkirk, was arrested in Belfast after allegations were made against him.

Separately, allegations have also been made against coaches who were formerly involved with clubs including Motherwell, Partick Thistle and Rangers.

The allegations involve incidents said to have happened between the 1970s and early 1990s.

The Scottish Football Association has set up an independent review tasked with examining child protection “processes and procedures” in place both currently and historically in Scottish football.

Scottish child abuse inquiry hears apologies over ‘deplorable’ attacks 

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Image caption Child abuse survivors gathered for a vigil outside Rosebery House before the inquiry startedThe first hearing in the Scottish child abuse inquiry has heard apologies from organisations which ran children’s homes around the country.

More than 60 institutions, including several top private schools and church bodies, are being investigated.

The inquiry, which is being chaired by Lady Smith, is looking in detail at historical abuse of children in residential care.

It is expected to report in late 2019 – four years after it was set up.

The opening session in Edinburgh heard apologies from groups who said they “deplored that physical sexual abuses could occur”.

They included Quarrier’s, Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, Sisters of Nazareth, Good Shepherd Sisters, De La Salle Brothers and Christian Brothers.

Lady Smith began the public hearings by acknowledging that many children in Scotland have been abused in residential care over the years.

Lady Smith
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               Image caption Lady Smith has urged victims and witnesses to come forward

The High Court judge revealed the number of survivors who had already spoken to the inquiry team was “very far in excess” of 200.

She said: “They suffered some terrible treatment inflicted by those to whom their care was entrusted. That is a matter of grave concern.

“It is critically important that our community engages in facing up to the fact that children in care were wronged and failed in the past and to commit to seeing to it that children of today and of the future are safe.

“It’s not easy to do that, for many it will be a painful process. But if we are to achieve real, substantial and lasting change for the better it has to be done.”

‘Cruelly betrayed’

John Scott QC, for the In Care Abuse Survivors group (Incas), said children had been “cruelly betrayed by those supposed to care for them”.

He said the inquiry had come too late for those who have already died, but added: “It is not too late for at least some acknowledgement and accountability, not too late for some compensation, not too late for other survivors to come forward.”

The hearings have now been adjourned until Thursday.

The inquiry states its purpose as being “to investigate the nature and extent of abuse of children whilst in care in Scotland”, while considering “the extent to which institutions and bodies with legal responsibility for the care of children failed in their duty”, in particular seeking any “systemic failures”.

It classes “in care” as being:

  • Children’s homes (including residential care provided by faith based groups)
  • Secure care units including List D schools
  • Borstals and Young Offenders’ Institutions
  • Places provided for Boarded Out children in the Highlands and Islands
  • State, private and independent Boarding Schools, including state funded school hostels
  • Healthcare establishments providing long term care, and any similar establishments intended to provide children with long term residential care
  • Children in foster care

But it does not cover children who were abused while living with their natural or adoptive families, while using sports and leisure clubs or attending faith based organisations on a day to day basis.

The inquiry will also not examine allegations of children being abused in non-boarding schools, nursery or day-care centres.

Its terms of reference say it covers a time period “within living memory of any person who suffered such abuse”, up until the point the inquiry was announced in December 2014, and will consider if “changes in practice, policy or legislation are necessary” to protect children in care from abuse in future.


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Analysis by Reevel Alderson, BBC Scotland home affairs correspondent

The inquiry’s remit has been criticised as being too narrow, even though the government says it is the widest public inquiry they have ever established.

Some campaigners say that while abuse in residential schools, for example by a priest, would be covered, abuse by the same person in a parish or working with a youth organisation like the Scouts would not.

And it has also been criticised for not dealing with the question of redress or compensation, which by contrast has been the case with other inquiries in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Jersey and Australia.


The inquiry at Rosebery House, in Edinburgh’s Haymarket, will hear from survivor groups and large care providers as well as faith-based organisations.

Among those appearing will be representatives of the Church of Scotland/CrossReach, the Benedictines, Barnardo’s and Aberlour Child Care Trust.

The Scottish government will give evidence on “the nature, extent and development of the state’s areas of responsibility for children in residential and foster care in Scotland”.

Survivors’ vigil

Some survivors and campaigners staged a vigil outside the building before the inquiry got under way.

They also organised a minute’s silence at 13:00 “to remember those children whose lives have been taken by abusers, those who have lost their lives from the affects of abuse and those who have died without gaining justice for the crimes committed against them”.

The inquiry has been plagued by problems since it was set up in October 2015. Around £6m has been spent on it during this period.

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Its original chairwoman, Susan O’Brien QC, resigned from her post in July 2016, citing government interference.

A second panel member, Prof Michael Lamb, also resigned, claiming the inquiry was “doomed”.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said at the time that he rejected any charges of interference in the independence of the inquiry, and that the Scottish government wanted a “robust independent inquiry that can operate without fear or favour”.

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Police must be at Scotland’s first child abuse inquiry public hearings, say survivors

Survivors of systemic sexual and physical abuse have asked Police Scotland to send officers to the first public hearings of an unprecedented inquiry.They have also urged the independent Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry to publish a detailed breakdown of spending after costs soared by more than £2m in the first three months of this year.

And there have been fresh calls to widen the inquiry to include a charity which has worked with more than 1,000 survivors but was denied “core participant” status, meaning it can’t question witnesses or view evidence.

The first phase of public hearings are scheduled to begin at the end of May, almost two years after the inquiry into historical allegations – chaired by Supreme Court judge Lady Anne Smith – was set up.If witnesses give evidence about ongoing criminal activity the inquiry “may be obliged” to pass this to police, according to its website.

The Chief Constable of Police Scotland is a core participant but survivors’ groups have suggested that officers should also be at all hearings to listen to testimonies.

Alan Draper, who previously advised the Catholic Church on sexual abuse and now speaks for In Care Abuse Survivors (INCAS) – one of the core participants in the inquiry – said: “I would hope that at the public hearings police will attend. It would certainly help, from a survivors’ point of view.

“If it is clear there’s a particular home, and a number of people are repeatedly named by survivors, we would demand that information is acted upon and potential crimes against vulnerable children are investigated.

“Equally, police could themselves have questions to answer if, for example, it emerges officers failed to take appropriate action about historical abuse, in terms of an investigation.”

Janine Rennie, Chief Executive of survivors’ support charity Wellbeing Scotland, said: “The police have a role to play, particularly the child abuse unit. Clearly they’re not going to attend each time, which means there may be a gap, and that is a concern.

 

“I think criminal prosecutions are the way forward because survivors feel they have no access to justice. We need corroboration and if the same individual is named on a number of occasions then Police Scotland would have to take action.

“A number of perpetrators could still be at large. Survivors don’t want to look at systemic failings as much as they want justice.”

Rennie’s charity has been shut out of the inquiry after an application to be a core participant was refused.

“It seems really strange that we have not been included because we’ve worked with 1,100 survivors,” Rennie added. “They said there already were core participants that work with the same survivors, but that is not the case and we have appealed the decision.”

Meanwhile, Draper has questioned the inquiry’s failure to provide a full breakdown of spiralling costs.

The website shows that the total expenditure is £5.7m – up from £3.5m at the end of December last year – and The Sunday Herald understands there is no upper limit.

Draper said: “They’ve spent an enormous amount of money, considering no public hearings have yet taken place. The inquiry has a responsibility to spell out what this has been spent on.

“While the money should be spent, we can’t deny accountability. We would like to see a breakdown on a quarterly basis, not just a headline figure.”

The first public hearings will begin on May 31 and run until July 12. Among the organisations giving evidence will be Quarriers, Barnardo’s and various religious groups including the Sisters of Nazareth, Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and the Church of Scotland.

Experts will also give statements on the legislative and regulatory framework governing children in care, the early development of care services in Scotland, societal attitudes towards children and the nature and prevalence of child abuse in Scotland.

Alan Draper of INCAS said: “Lady Smith has invited a wide range of organisations to come. Whether they’ll acknowledge the abuse that happened in establishments they had responsibility for, I don’t know.

“A lot of organisations will be tentative, in terms of publicity. I suspect they’ll be on the defensive. A lot of them have good lawyers and the tendency may be to admit nothing and deny everything.

“What survivors experience is obstruction from organisations, but we’re hopeful this inquiry will open doors so that there will be true accountability.”

David Whelan, spokesman for Former Boys and Girls Abused (FBGA) in Quarriers homes, said a reference group should have been set up by the inquiry to “allow survivor groups to collectively raise any concerns and also to have a better understanding of the inquiry process in laymen’s terms”.

Whelan added: “Some survivors are still raising concerns about barriers – including understanding the legal documents – [which] may be preventing engagement with the inquiry. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry process is clearly a legalistic process and many survivors are having real difficulty understanding the legal documents and their concepts. To someone who is non-legal these documents are difficult to understand. Any barriers – perceived or otherwise – encountered by survivors to engaging with the inquiry should be addressed as a priority.”

 

A spokesman for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry said: “This inquiry is one of the most far reaching to have taken place in Scotland and its investigations are progressing.

“Evidence has already been gathered from many survivors through private sessions across the UK, and we continue to source information and documents from various institutions and organisations as we prepare for the first public hearings at the end of this month.

“Each week survivors get in touch with us, and we would encourage anyone who believes they have relevant information to contact us.”

The Sunday Herald also contacted core participants in the inquiry for comment.

Viv Dickenson, Director of Children and Family Services for CrossReach, the Social Care Council of The Church of Scotland, said: “As an organisation invested in continuous improvement we will be interested in the findings of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, which will examine practice as far back as the 1930s, and anything we learn during this process will be used to help us strengthen and improve our safeguarding policies in the future.”

 

A spokesman for Quarriers said: “We strongly believe that all survivors have the right to be heard and that Scotland should learn the lessons of its past, however painful, to ensure that all children are treated with love and compassion and have the best start in life.”

 

A spokeswoman for Barnardo’s said the charity would not “risk any perceived conflict of interest in making comments on issues of importance to abuse survivors”.

The Sisters of Nazareth and The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul did not respond.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland referred the Sunday Herald to two paragraphs of a lengthy statement by Assistant Chief Constable John Hawkins, which was published on its website in January 2017.

“Police Scotland fully supports and is fully engaged with the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. We are grateful that Lady Smith has granted Police Scotland ‘core participant’ status.

“As the statutory agency with responsibility for criminal investigation into reports of child abuse and as a major stakeholder in the wider statutory framework regulating child protection in Scotland, we fully expect to have a significant role to play in supporting the Inquiry in fulfilment of its terms of reference.”

When the Crown Office was asked if it was participating in the enquiry, a spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service – which is responsible for the prosecution of crime in Scotland – confirmed no application to be a core participant in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was submitted.

He added: “We will respond as necessary when required to do so.”

Anyone wishing to contact the inquiry can call 0800 0929300 or email talktous@childabuseinquiry.scot

Scottish child abuse inquiry investigates top private schools 

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Image caption Fettes College is one of the boarding schools being investigated by inquiry staff, the chairwoman confirmed

More than 60 institutions, including several top private schools, are being investigated by the Scottish child abuse inquiry, it has been confirmed.

The new chairwoman of the inquiry, Lady Smith, said they were among 100 locations where abuse is alleged to have taken place.

She said several boarding schools, including Fettes College and Gordonstoun, were being investigated.

The inquiry will look in detail at historical abuse of children in care.

Lady Smith replaces the original chairwoman who resigned in July 2016. Susan O’Brien stood down complaining of government interference.

Speaking at the start of the inquiry at the Court of Session building in Edinburgh, Lady Smith insisted the investigation would be fully independent.

She confirmed that several boarding schools were being investigated by inquiry staff.

Other institutions being investigated include those run by faith-based organisations and major care providers like Quarriers and Barnardo’s.

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Institutions under investigation

Boarding schools

  • Fettes College
  • Gordonstoun
  • The former Keil School
  • Loretto School
  • Merchiston Castle School
  • Morrison’s Academy (when it was a boarding school)

Institutions run by religious orders

  • Benedictines
  • Sisters of Nazareth
  • Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul
  • Christian Brothers
  • Sisters of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
  • De la Salle Brothers
  • Marist Brothers
  • Church of Scotland (Crossreach)

Other providers

  • Quarriers
  • Barnardo’s
  • Aberlour Child Care Trust
  • Widower’s Children’s Home

Local authority establishments

  • Clerwood Children’s Home, Edinburgh
  • Colonsay House, Perth
  • Nimmo Place Children’s Homes, Perth
  • St Margaret’s Children’s Home, Fife
  • Linwood Hall Children’s Home, Fife
  • Kerelaw Secure Unit, Glasgow
  • St Katherine’s Secure Unit, Edinburgh
  • Larchgrove Remand Home, Glasgow

Source: Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

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Lady Smith also said child migrants were “expressly included in the inquiry”, with staff working to contact people in countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand who may have suffered abuse in Scotland.

The first public hearings will begin on 31 May 2017 and the inquiry is expected to last four years.

The judge told the court that she would act independently and without bias, and was fully independent of government, police and prosecutors.

The judge added she would not have agreed to chair the inquiry if she had concerns about its independent status.

‘Systematic failures’

The inquiry states its purpose as being “to investigate the nature and extent of abuse of children whilst in care in Scotland”, while considering “the extent to which institutions and bodies with legal responsibility for the care of children failed in their duty”, in particular seeking any “systemic failures”.

Its terms of reference say it covers a time period “within living memory of any person who suffered such abuse”, up until the point the inquiry was announced in December 2014, and will consider if “changes in practice, policy or legislation are necessary” to protect children in care from abuse in future.

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Image caption Lady Smith, pictured, was appointed to chair the inquiry after the resignation of Susan O’Brien QC

The inquiry has been plagued by problems since it was set up in October 2015. More than £3.5m has been spent on it during this period.

As well as the original chairwoman quitting last July, a second panel member, Prof Michael Lamb, also resigned, claiming the inquiry was “doomed”.

Lady Smith was appointed to replace Ms O’Brien, but Mr Swinney said he was confident a replacement for Prof Lamb was not needed – although he added that experts could be called in to assist Lady Smith and remaining panel member Glenn Houston.

There were also complaints about the remit of the inquiry, with survivors’ groups claiming some abusers could be could be “let off the hook” if children’s’ organisations, clubs and local parish churches were not specifically included in the probe.

However, Mr Swinney told MSPs that it was clear there was “not unanimity on this issue”, concluding that the probe should focus only on in-care settings so that it remained “deliverable within a reasonable timescale”.

He said “terrible crimes” had been committed in other settings, such as day schools and youth groups, but said criminal behaviour should be referred to the police and would be “energetically pursued through the criminal courts” where evidence exists.

A bill has been introduced at Holyrood removing any time bar on people seeking damages over childhood abuse.

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