Scottish Sunday Times, 2 April 2017
Fresh abuse claims at QVS
Fresh sex abuse claims hit
Scots military school
breaks silence on 1970s assault at QVS
were fresh calls last night to widen the Scottish Government's child
abuse inquiry after a former pupil of a military
boarding school in Dunblane
claimed he was abused by a teacher.
It has emerged police
launched an investigation after a victim broke decades of silence
to reveal his abuse at the hands of a housemaster at Queen
Victoria School (QVS) in the
The man, now in his fifties,
was told by detectives last month that his abuser, who died 24 years
ago, would have faced being charged if he had still been alive.
The former pupil is believed to be the first victim of alleged sexual
abuse at the school known to have come forward. It reignites
concerns raised in 1991 by a QVS teacher
who feared boys were at risk. A police
probe failed to find evidence at the time.
have looked into claims that a woman was abused as a child in the
1990s by her father who had links to QVS.
Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI),
launched in 2015, has named dozens of establishments under investigation,
but QVS is not one of them. The school
is funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD)
and counts Prince Philip as its patron.
Janine Rennie, from the
charity Wellbeing Scotland, said: "If the inquiry is going to
be effective, it cannot exclude an establishment where there is evidence
of abuse." LINK
former QVS pupil told police last year he was abused by a teacher,
Ben Philip LINK,
while in primary school. Speaking to The Sunday Times, he recalled
Philip "fondling" his genitals while he was in bed in the
dormitory and putting his hands down his pants while he was sitting
at Philip's desk during class. The man only told his father
"I think it is my
duty to mention these facts," the man said. "[The
police] took my case very seriously.
It was only [last month] that an officer gave me a final update.
If certain teachers had still been alive then there would be enough
evidence with what they had accumulated from myself and other ex-pupils
to make a case.
"I thought going
to the police was the right thing to do,
as there may be old boys out there who have suffered over the years.
Times understands that the MoD
and QVS co-operated fully with the investigation
into Philip, who lived and worked at the
school. He died in 1993, aged 46, when he fell from a ladder
while hanging Christmas decorations.
We can also reveal that
police investigated the claims of a woman
that she was abused as a girl in Dunblane
in the 1990s. A local resident first raised concerns over the
girl's welfare in 1991, and in 2015 was asked by detectives to provide
a fresh statement. The resident, who spoke to this paper last
week, said the woman's father had close connections with QVS
and that the case was quietly dropped.
spokewoman said: "We take any allegations of this nature very
seriously and any claims of historical abuse involving Queen
Victoria School have been passed to the police.
We will fully co-operate with their inquiries."
A spokesman for the SCAI
said it will announce further investigations in due course that "may
include other boarding schools".
A spokeswoman for Police
Scotland said: "There is no ongoing investigation
concerning Queen Victoria School.
Police Scotland will not discuss further
details of any reports made."
[Ed. ~ How does this equate
with what the MoD spokeswoman said, above? It would seem that
when the national police force of Scotland. was formed in 2013 with
the merger of eight regional police forces to become the Police Service
of Scotland, or simply Police Scotland, it also absorbed all the sins
of the separate forces to neither confirm nor deny any prior cover-ups.
Let's not forget, several forces were implicated
in the QVS entanglement, linked with Thomas Hamilton's escapades.
in Kent have launched a review after a parent of an ex-pupil of the
Duke of York's Royal Military
School, complained that the force failed to robustly
investigate a historical allegation.