My kids’ home sex abuse hell

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A WOMAN claims she was sex­u­ally abused by a pri­est at an or­phan­age run by nuns.

Theresa Tolmie-McGrane, who ar­rived at Smyl­lum Park in La­nark in 1968, said she was first tar­geted when she was eight as she did a part­time job clean­ing pews.

Theresa, who is now a psy­chol­o­gist in Nor­way, said that on one oc­ca­sion a nun walked in on them.

She added: “In­stead of be­ing an­gry at him, she got re­ally an­gry at me.

“She yanked me by the left arm so hard and flung me across the room and called me a whore and told me to get out of there.

“I didn’t know my arm was bro­ken at the time.”

She claimed abuse at the or­phan­age was widespread, say­ing: “Ev­ery child was beaten, pun­ished, locked in a dark room, made to eat their own vomit.”

A spokesman for the Daugh­ters of Char­ity of St Vin­cent de Paul, who ran the home un­til it closed in 1981, said they were “shocked and sad­dened” by the claims.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­cently found that at least 400 chil­dren from the in­sti­tu­tion are thought to be buried in an un­marked grave at the town’s St Mary’s Ceme­tery.

CLAIMS Smyl­lum Park

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