13-year-old girl raped in tent by teaching assistant on Scottish camping trip

A woman has told how at the age of 13 she was raped by a teaching assistant when she had to share his tent on a camping trip at school.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) heard the man, who was about 19 or 20 years old, bring condoms with him when he took a group of students from Aberlour House in Moray on an expedition in the mid-1980s.

The final phase of the SCAI, which is being heard before Judge Lady Smith, focuses on alleged abuse committed at Scottish boarding schools.

On Friday, it began hearing evidence regarding Gordonstoun School and heard evidence from a woman who wished to remain anonymous and used the pseudonym Sarah.

She told that last year at Aberlour House, considered a preschool for Gordonstoun, she went on a camping expedition in a group of 10-15 students, and when they arrived, it was discovered that the group was a tent card.

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

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

“They went and he raped you.”

Sarah replied, “Yes.”

The investigation also heard that other children knew she had been raped and she said she was being bullied because of what had happened.

Several members of the royal family attended Gordonstoun

Asked why she thinks the expedition turned out to be a tent card when they arrived at their destination, she said: “I think he probably did it deliberately.”

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

She replied, “Yes.”

Sarah then went on to Gordonstoun School for her high school education, and the inquiry heard that a teacher at her graduation ball in 1992 was trying to put her tongue in her mouth.

Aberlour House and Gordonstoun had links but were separate legal entities until they merged in 1999.

Gordonstoun School said: “Although Gordonstoun cannot formally answer for Aberlour House until 1999, we provide as much information as possible to the inquiry and have already used the opportunity in the inquiry to offer an apology to anyone who has suffered abuse there.”

The inquiry also heard from a woman who used the pseudonym Annie, who attended Gordonstoun in her sixth year between 1986 and 1988.

She said a male employee kissed her on her cheek and forehead between five and ten times, disturbing her.

Annie said: “It was certainly wrong and inappropriate, even around that time it would not be appropriate.

“I can not without reasonable doubt tell you what his motive was, but I would not be kissed – kiss kiss, but I would not be kissed by a male employee while walking in my daily life.

“I did not want it and I did not like it.”

Gordonstoun leader Lisa Kerr gave evidence of the investigation in March, apologizing on behalf of the school to those who had been abused, saying: “I would like to offer a very sincere apology to anyone who has been abused at either Gordonstoun or Aberlour House. . “

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