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Nun break girl's arm after discovering she was sexually abused by a priest



A brave woman who was abused and sexually assaulted as a kid by a priest and some nuns has shared her story.

Theresa Tolmie-McGrane told inquirers her assault happened in 1970 when she was 8-years-old. She narrated series of abuses that had happened at the Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark South Lanarkshire where she spent eleven years.

She told the hearing how 2 years after her arrival at the institution, run by Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul she was given a job to dust pews in church.
One particular priest would arrive early and ask that she sits on his lap then he would slowly progress to making her perform sex act on him. He would then tell her he needs her to be a "soldier of God, a good little soldier."



The abuse went on for months until a nun walked in on them one fateful day. McGrane says she was happy at least someone would help save her from the pedophile priest... but no the unnamed nun hurt her some more.
‘I thought ‘praise the Lord, she’s seeing this, she’s going to be angry with him and protect me’.
‘Her whole face became distorted. I thought ‘she’s angry with him’, (but) she was angry with me. ‘She called me a whore, she took my left arm and yanked me out of his lap and flung me across to the wall (and said) … “get the f*** out of here”.’


McGrane recounted how she crawled away and when another nun found out what'd happened she took her to the hospital then promised to break her other arm if she ever said a word of what had happened to anyone. Then told her it was okay to lie to protect a man of God.
‘Don’t you dare tell anybody what happened, young lady, or I’ll break your other arm’ and assured me I would be ‘lying to protect a man of God, so it’s okay to lie’.

She described how, on her first night there, she was slapped for screaming from a nightmare, then forced into a freezing cold shower for wetting the bed. If a child vomited, they would have their faces rubbed in it or be told to eat it, she said. The witness also described beatings at the hands of nuns, sometimes with the crosses they wore. ‘I would say every child at some point would have been hit with a cross,’ she said. Children would be made to sleep in soiled sheets for two or three nights as a punishment for bed-wetting, she said. The Orphanage has since been closed.







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