UK - The children of Smyllum tell their heartbreaking stories, SNAP responds
For immediate release Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is holding hearings on conditions in Scotland’s care homes. Survivors of Smyllum Park in Lanarkshire, where up to 400 children were buried in an unmarked grave, recently began testifying before the inquiry.
We commend the Scottish government, the Sunday Post, BBC radio, In Care Abuse Survivors, relatives of the deceased, and all those involved in the campaign to expose what happened at Smyllum Park. It is truly a shame that an order of Catholic nuns required a public campaign to get them to agree to do the right thing.
Publicly identifying each and every child who is buried on the grounds of Smyllum Park is the “very least” the Daughters of Charity, should do. The nuns should also stop their stonewalling and their denials that abuse occurred in at Smyllum Park and make their records public.
In the meantime, the Daughters of Charity have promised to build a memorial with the names of all the children who died. But promises are cheap. The campaign to hold the nuns accountable must not end until that promise is fulfilled.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175 firstname.lastname@example.org, Joelle Casteix 949-322-7434, email@example.com, or Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)