Child Abuse Survivor Suffered ‘intimidation’ agter speaking out


Achild abuse survivor has said he suffered intimidation after speaking out and was forced to waive his anonymity after his convicted abuser appeared in a BBC documentary. Giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, David Whelan said he received abusive phone calls at his home after making allegations relating to Quarriers Children’s Village in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire. John Porteous, who worked at the children’s home in the 1960s and 1970s, was jailed in 2002 for sex offences against two boys.

Mr Whelan, who leads the campaign group Former Boys and Girls Abused in Quarriers Homes (FBGA), yesterday told the inquiry that a 2003 BBC Frontline Scotland documentary, which featured Porteous, had been a “catalyst” which led him to waive his anonymity as an abuse victim.

In the documentary, entitled Secrets and Lies, doubt was cast on Porteous’s convictions.

Giving evidence before Lady Smith yesterday, Mr Whelan said:…

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