Na­tional body to in­ves­ti­gate abuse claims at Nazareth House

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A FOR­MER Aberdeen chil­dren’s home run by nuns is to be in­ves­ti­gated as part of a na­tional abuse probe next year.

The Scot­tish Child Abuse In­quiry has an­nounced it will look into claims of abuse at es­tab­lish­ments run by the Sis­ters of Nazareth in the spring.

Nazareth House in the city’s Clare­mont Street was once home to more than 300 chil­dren and has faced al­le­ga­tions of his­tor­i­cal abuse for more than 20 years.

The Scot­tish Child Abuse In­quiry was launched in Oc­to­ber 2015 and is one of the most wide-rang­ing pub­lic in­quiries ever held in Scot­land, with full pow­ers to com­pel wit­nesses to give ev­i­dence.

Phase two of the in­quiry’s pub­lic hear­ings will be­gin on Tues­day, Novem­ber 28 and will in­ves­ti­gate res­i­den­tial child­care es­tab­lish­ments run by or­gan­i­sa­tions within the Ro­man Catholic Church, start­ing with the Daugh­ters of Char­ity. The hear­ings will be held at Rose­bery House in Ed­in­burgh.

As well as for­mer res­i­dents of Nazareth House in Aberdeen, the in­quiry wants to hear from peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­ences of homes in Car­don­ald, Kil­marnock and Lass­wade. Po­lice probed the Aberdeen house – which is now flats – in 1997 and in­ves­ti­gated more than 40 com­plaints by for­mer res­i­dents.

One woman claimed she had been beaten so hard she went deaf, while a re­tired fish­er­man said he had been sub­merged in near boil­ing wa­ter by the sis­ters.

Speak­ing in 2000, a woman who had lived in Nazareth House, said: “You couldn’t an­swer them back and you were ter­ri­fied to sleep at night in case you wet the bed.

“In the morn­ing you were beaten and thrown into a cold bath, then at din­ner time you had to stand with your sheets on your head while the oth­ers played.”

Any­one who thinks they have in­for­ma­tion that could help the in­quiry is asked to call 0800 0929 300 or e-mail at talk­tous@ child­abu­sein­quiry.scot.

In­di­vid­u­als can also write to the in­quiry by post at SCAI, PO Box 24085, Ed­in­burgh EH7 9EA.

You were beaten and thrown into a cold bath

Al­le­gA­tiONs: Nazareth House in Aberdeen be­fore it was turned into flats.

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