Scotland set to get child abuse inquiry
SCOTTISH ministers are drawing up plans for a public inquiry into historic child sex abuse, it emerged yesterday.
Published: Mon, November 10, 2014
Abuse: Inquiry into historic child sex abuse
It is thought the probe will cover allegations of abuse at care homes and education institutions as well as by religious orders, by what are said to be high profile members of the establishment.
The Scottish Government has come under intense pressure to order an inquiry – with Scotland now the only part of the UK without such a review.
There were renewed calls for action yesterday after two leading charities claimed that children north of the Border have been the victims of satanic abuse including rape, murder and even the production of so-called snuff films, which depict killings.
One campaigner said he had heard of babies born but never registered, so they would not be missed when killed by secret paedophile networks.
Education Secretary Mike Russell is tomorrow expected to make a statement to Holyrood on child protection and will mention the issue of historical abuse.
While he is not expected to make an official announcement of an inquiry it is understood talks are taking place behind the scenes, with an investigation expected to be ordered within months.
It is thought the Government is taking its time to establish the precise nature of the inquiry and ministers are deliberating in order to avoid the problems that have plagued a similar investigation south of the Border.
Scottish Labour’s justice spokesman, Graeme Pearson, said he hoped an inquiry would be launched as soon as possible.
He added: “I think the pressure has become significant and events elsewhere in the UK means that this needs to be done to clear the air. I just don’t know why the government has been dallying so long.”
Many incidents took place years ago but experts are sure ritual abuse rings still operate.
Police Scotland said they were taking the allegations of snuff films and widespread ritual abuse “incredibly seriously” and would investigate any complaints.
Kate Short, of Kilmarnock-based 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.
“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.”
Charity Izzy’s Promise is based in Dundee. 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.”