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Image caption The Smyllum Park Orphanage closed in 1981. Children at Smyllum Park orphanage were sexually abused and beaten with leather straps, hairbrushes and crucifixes, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has found. Nuns belonging to the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul ran the Catholic Children's home near Lanark, as well as Bellevue House, Rutherglen. Lady Smith, who is chairing the inquiry, has published a report on evidence heard during the case study. She said the homes were places of fear, threat, and excessive discipline. The judge said emotional, physical and sexual abuse took place. The children found "no love, no compassion, no dignity and no comfort," she said. The in... Full story

11 October