Video: ‘I was abused by nuns for a decade’

Source: BBC

Theresa Tolmie-McGrane says she was abused from the age of six at a Catholic-run orphanage in Lanark in the 1960s and 1970s.

She describes more than a decade of physical, sexual and mental abuse at Smyllum Park Orphanage.

A BBC investigation has uncovered new evidence that more than 400 children who died at Smyllum are now thought to be buried in a mass grave in a nearby cemetery.

Produced by Judy Fladmark, filmed by Emily France and edited by Joshua Hollis.

5 replies

  1. Organized religion can create a lot of different problems, including sometimes taking away the freedom of thought and religion of its own members, as the ‘pious thoughts,’ are forced down with the highest authority of whatever is true in any religion.

  2. In all the reports of abuse by priests and nuns the reason why they are so abusive is not sufficiently studied. Could it not be because they are sexually frustrated and do not have a ‘normal’ home life? Consequently the whole system of celebacy should be questioned. These guys, it seems both nuns and priests, should be sentenced to be married.

  3. “Spare not the rod” is a quotation from the Old Testament, and was normal punishment until recent times, when laws prohibited what is physical abuse. Many institutions, including religious, have been found to be guilty of what amounts to abuse, both physical and mental, which was considered normal punishment. Sexual repression for the clergy may sometimes have played a part, but not necessarily, and this is also a separate subject. Even in normal homes children (usually boys) were warned for ‘father to come home’ to hand out punishments for any serious misdemeanour.

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