The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has published its findings into residential institutions run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul. They conclude that children did suffer abuse.
During the case study, the Inquiry considered evidence about the nature and extent of any relevant abuse at institutions run by the Daughters of Charity in Scotland, with a particular focus on Smyllum and Bellevue.
Lady Smith, Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, said: “For many children who were in Smyllum and Bellevue, the homes were places of fear, coercive control, threat, excessive discipline and emotional, physical and sexual abuse, where they found no love, no compassion, no dignity and no comfort.”
Thompsons Solicitors has now begun legal action on behalf of clients who said they suffered abuse at the hands of the religious order.
Read the report here.
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