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Leading lawyer claims children abused in Scots care system were ‘victims of a conspiracy of silence’ #Sco

Leading lawyer claims vulnerable children abused in Scots care system were ‘victims of a conspiracy of silence’

27 MAR 2016

CAMERON Fyfe, who will represent more than 1000 victims abused in care, said the system has failed vulnerable children spectacularly.

Lawyer Cameron Fyfe is to represent over 1000 victims abused in care

Lawyer Cameron Fyfe is to represent over 1000 victims abused in care

A HISTORIC abuse expert says Scotland “slept” through generations of children being abused.

Lawyer Cameron Fyfe claims vulnerable children in care were “victims of a conspiracy of silence” by those supposed to protect them and police what was going on.

Fyfe, of Drummond Miller, who will represent more than 1000 victims abused in care, said: “I fervently hope Scotland’s Child Abuse Inquiry will discover how the system so spectacularly failed so many.

“We’re only now realising the real human cost of those failures to thousands of victims and their families.

“I know of abuse cases dating back to the 50s to the late 90s and cannot conceive how that level of abuse went on and nobody blew the whistle.”

Fyfe, who will represent Quarriers homes victims at the inquiry, says many have waited too long for justice.

He said: “Too many have died, sometimes from` alcohol or drugs, brought about because they were abused as children.

“Many simply gave up hope of ever seeing the truth coming out.

“I’m heartened by the words of abuse inquiry chairwoman Susan O’Brien, who seems determined to find out why the system failed those children.”

The inquiry is asking all victims of sexual, physical, emotional and psychological abuse while in care from 1964 to tell their stories. found here


 

Chair of Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry launches call for evidence and says probe aims to protect children yet to be born

 

SUSAN O’Brien QC says investigation will address seven decades of abuse of children in faith-based organisations, children’s homes, foster care, long-term hospital care and boarding schools. Read in full here

 

 

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