Victims of alleged abuse at Aberdeen care home call for inquiry

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Victims of alleged abuse at Aberdeen care home call for inquiry

By Jennifer McKiernan, 5 Nov 2014 9.46am

NORTH-EAST victims of child abuse are calling for a public inquiry into historic abuse in care homes.

Hundreds of children are alleged to have been abused by nuns at Nazareth House, a former Catholic children’s home on Claremont Street in Aberdeen.
One nun, Marie Docherty – also known as Sister Alphonso – was found guilty of four charges of cruelty against children in her care in 2000.
But victims say others also carried out the abuse. James Buckley, 69, was put into care at the home aged seven with his three younger brothers after their mum died.
He said: “Every night we would have to kneel in height order and a nun would come down the line and just whack you with a cane.”
Scottish Labour’s justice spokesman Graeme Pearson was today calling on the Scottish Government to hold a public inquiry alongside the inquiry started by the UK Government, which will not cover Scotland.
A Scottish Government spokesman said an action plan was expected to be published very shortly.

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