Police probe Fort Augustus Abbey monk abuse claims

Police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of abuse by monks at a former Scottish Catholic boarding school. This is from the BBC…

It follows a BBC Scotland investigation which uncovered evidence of 30 years of physical and sexual abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey in the Highlands and its East Lothian prep school.

The Benedictine order which ran the schools has apologised to any victims.

Fresh claims of abuse have now emerged since the programme aired on Monday.

The documentary has also prompted calls for more support for victims.

In a statement Police Scotland, said it would make no further comment at this stage as it was now a “live investigation”.

It added that all such allegations are investigated and dealt with in a “victim-centred” manner.

The BBC spoke to 50 former pupils about their experiences at Fort Augustus Abbey school and Carlekemp.

The programme, BBC Scotland Investigates: Sins of Our Fathers, which was broadcast on Monday, contained testimony from former pupils, speaking openly, and for the first time, about life with the monks.

Many said they had nothing but good memories, but during the six-month investigation, the BBC also heard accounts from old boys of physical violence and sexual assault, including rape by monks, at the fee-paying schools.

The programme contained evidence against seven Fort Augustus monks. Two headmasters have also been accused of covering-up the abuse.

Since the documentary was broadcast, the BBC has been contacted by other former pupils with similar abuse claims.

Tim Coppin said he studied at Fort Augustus from 1960 until 1965 and told BBC Scotland he was “violently abused” and tortured by monks there.

“The main thing was whipping by the teachers, by the monks themselves,” he told BBC Radio Scotland, in an interview to be broadcast on the Newsdrive programme.

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