Sun 10th JUNE 2018
An author who made shocking claims of abuse at Gordonstoun school has been inundated with support from other former pupils who say they suffered similar harrowing ordeals.
Miranda Doyle, 50, spoke last week to the Sunday Mail after giving evidence to the Scottish Abuse Inquiry about serious sexual assaults at Prince Charles’s former boarding school.
Miranda, who attended the school in the 1980s, said she was attacked by a staff member when she was just 14.
She said she also witnessed girls being ordered to strip naked and thrown into cold baths by a male teacher.
The Edinburgh-born writer, who detailed the abuse in her memoir A Book of Untruths, kept the painful memories secret for almost 40 years.
But since speaking out she has been contacted by a number of former pupils from the school in Elgin, who have told her they too were abused.
Miranda, who lives in Cambridge, said: “I’ve had a number of ex-pupils get in touch to say they have similar memories of what happened to me also happening to them.
“One pupil who contacted me has also spoken with the Scottish Abuse Inquiry and, like me, they were very impressed by the way their testimony was handled. Another said it had taken them time to realise that what had happened at the school was unacceptable.
“The reaction I’ve received is the opposite of what I expected. Telling the truth is not easy. I felt frightened and even ashamed. But, to my shock, everyone has been incredibly supportive.”
Miranda said she shared the Sunday Mail article revealing her abuse allegations with a Gordonstoun group on social media.
The allegations included her claim that she was just 14 when, after complaining of stomach pains, a member of staff carried out an intimate examination.
She also claimed a male teacher ordered girls not to bring bathing costumes to a swimming lesson but instead to swim naked.
Miranda added: “Someone who was at school with me messaged first. They said, ‘Good on you telling your story – very brave – and here’s hoping it makes the world a safer place for kids. More messages of support followed. I know I’m not alone. I hope others, whether they were at Gordonstoun or in any other cared-for environment, feel safe to come forward.”
3rd JUNE 2018