Compensation for abused former pupils of posh Catholic schools

Fort Augustus Abbey

Former pupils are speaking today at the Child Abuse Inquiry about abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey School.

By Democrat reporter

BBC Scotland is reporting that former pupils who claimed they were abused by monks at fee-paying boarding schools have been awarded compensation.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been told the payments were made by the Catholic religious order English Benedictine Congregation to 10 people.

The hearing was told three more claims were also being dealt with. Some children from Dunbartonshire were sent to these schools by their relatively wealthy parents.

Monks from the order ran two establishments in Scotland – Carlekemp Priory School in North Berwick and Fort Augustus Abbey School in the Highlands.

Both schools have since closed.

Funds from the assets of Fort Augustus Abbey, which closed in 1999, were used to make the payments to the 10 former pupils.

In 2013, a BBC investigation, “Sins of Our Fathers”, uncovered allegations that pupils had suffered physical and sexual abuse at the schools over a three-decade period.

The investigation uncovered evidence of serious physical and sexual abuse at the prestigious Catholic boarding schools.

This was another major scandal in Scotland which was only brought to light after an investigation by journalists.

Government reporters, who take charge of inquiries (not journalists), spoke to 50 former attendees about their experiences at the schools, which were run by Benedictine monks.

The head of the Benedictines, Dom Richard Yeo, has apologised to victims.

The abuse inquiry, led by Lady Smith, has so far heard evidence over 120 days.

It is currently focusing on abuse at male-run establishments.

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