Monday, 4 May 2015
Child abuse victim speaks out against Children`s Panel boss
"A VICTIM of horrifying sex attacks at the hands of a Children’s Panel boss today opens his heart to the Record in a bid to expose Scotland’s secret shame of institutional child abuse."
"Dad-of-four John Stewart, 42, has waved his anonymity after winning a 14-year fight to see ... Daniel Ross - the very man who should have been protecting him as a vulnerable youngster in the 1980s - finally brought to justice."
"Ross, 62, who was also a special police constable, is facing jail after being found guilty of abusing his position as a Chairman of Glasgow’s Children’s Panel to groom youngsters for sickening sex attacks...."
"And John - who had his appendix removed as a 14-year-old after being sodomised by Ross and passed around his paedophile ring of friends - believes the case is the tip of a gruesome iceberg that goes to the heart of Scotland’s establishment."
"Ross was supposed to be protecting young people like me, but instead he was using his position to get his claws into vulnerable children."...He was found guilty of six sexual abuse charges at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday. Sentence was deferred and he was remanded in custody...."
"It is incredible how powerful people can protect themselves and how things can be covered up for years until someone is brave enough to stand up to them...."
"Survivors of historical child abuse have expressed concerns about the future of a long-awaited public inquiry after the Scottish Government postponed a key announcement on its chairperson earlier this month."
"Education secretary Angela Constance had been expected to name the chair and outline the remit of the inquiry in a statement to parliament last week. But the announcement has now been put off until after the general election, raising fears among campaigners that the scope of the inquiry is to be reduced."