November 11, 2002
Sex abuse suspect nun 'too old' for trial


by Fraser Macmillan in The Irish Independent

A NUN who allegedly abused a girl at a children's home in Scotland is to live out her retirement in Ireland without being prosecuted.

The allegations of sexual and physical abuse have been investigated by police but the prosecution service in Edinburgh has ruled that the sister will not face trial because she is "too old".

The nun, who is in her 80's and frail, has strenuously denied the allegations. She has left Scotland and is now living at an undisclosed location here.

Yesterday the woman who said she was the victim of abuse that began when she was eight condemned the decision not to prosecute.

The woman, who is now 44, said the decision had been taken because of her alleged abuser's age, infirmity and the length of time that had passed.

Posted by paul at November 11, 2002 06:00 PM

Hi I spent the hole of my childhood brought up with Nuns ie.The Ennis Industrial School, Father Hudsons Home Coleshill, Birmingham.3 and half yers.a laundry in Manchester. St. Johns School. Birmingham. I am waiting to go to the Laffoy commission. I can tell you none of them was any better from another. Up at 6 o clock light the fires church breakfast more work what happened to my childhood i am just begining to understand i did not have one. I was denided country,parents and things that people took for granted. St Johns even had look up. I am looky in many ways i have now got most of my files from Ireland and England. I have joined the Care Leavers here in England and will be going to Manchester next week. I am still wondering when i and many others will get to Laffoy. I cannot put this to bed and get on with my life. This is another question that people should be asking This is another kind of abuse that we should be kept hanging for how many more years. From Kathy

Posted by: Kathy on November 24, 2002 12:02 PM

i know how you feel i am in the same position

Posted by: on December 1, 2002 09:29 PM

Abuse by nuns is not limited to RC nuns. I was victimized by Anglican nuns.

Posted by: on February 23, 2003 06:04 AM
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