Girl, 13, raped in tent by teaching assistant on Scottish school camping trip


A woman recounted being raped at the age of 13 by a teaching assistant when she had to share her tent on a school camping trip.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) heard that the man, aged around 19 or 20, took condoms with him when he took a group of students from Aberlour House to Moray on an expedition in the middle from the 1980s.

The final phase of the SCAI, heard before Judge Lady Smith, focuses on allegations of abuse at Scottish boarding schools.

On Friday, he began to hear testimony regarding the Gordonstoun School and heard testimony from a woman who wished to remain anonymous and was using Sarah’s pseudonym.

She said that during her final year at Aberlour House, considered a prep school for Gordonstoun, she went on a camping expedition with a group of 10 to 15 students and upon arrival it was discovered that the group lacked a tent.

As a result, it was decided that some students would share a tent with the young man who led the expedition and take turns sleeping in his tent.

Andrew Brown QC, lawyer for the investigation, said: “The first night you and two other girls shared the tent with him and he started doing things.

“They left and he raped you.

Sarah replied: “Yes”.

The inquest also learned that other children knew she had been raped and she said she was bullied because of what had happened.

Several members of the royal family attended Gordonstoun

When asked why she thought the expedition turned out to be short of a tent when they arrived at their destination, she replied, “I think he probably did it on purpose.”

Mr Brown asked, “One of the things he did was bring condoms with him on a camping trip with kids?”

She replied: “Yes”.

Sarah then went to Gordonstoun School for her high school education, and the investigation learned that at her graduation ball in 1992, a teacher tried to put her tongue in her mouth.

Aberlour House and Gordonstoun were related but were separate legal entities until their merger in 1999.

Gordonstoun School said: “Although Gordonstoun could not respond formally for Aberlour House until 1999, we are providing as much information as possible to the investigation and have already used the investigation to apologize to anyone who suffered abuse there. “

The inquest also heard from a woman using the pseudonym Annie who dated Gordonstoun for her sixth grade between 1986 and 1988.

She said a male member of staff kissed her on the cheek and forehead between five and ten times, which bothered her.

Annie said: “It was definitely wrong and inappropriate, even then it would not be appropriate.

“I can’t tell you beyond a reasonable doubt what his motive was, but I didn’t want to be kissed – chaste kisses, but I didn’t want to be kissed by a male staff member while I was going about my life. daily.

“I didn’t want it and I didn’t like it.”

Gordonstoun principal Lisa Kerr testified at the inquest in March and apologized on behalf of the school to those who had suffered abuse, saying: “I would like to offer a very sincere apology to anyone who has suffered abuse. abuse at Gordonstoun or Aberlour House. “

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