Moray school left shocked by further historic abuse allegation

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Staff at Gordonstoun have pledged to help police in every way they can after new allegations of historic abuse emerged this week.

A former pupil who attended Gordonstoun’s junior school Aberlour House in the early 1990s has contacted police to say she was raped by a teacher during a camping trip.

In an interview with BBC Scotland the woman said that she had previously reported the incident to police – but the case collapsed when another witness withdrew her story at the last minute.

The woman – described as ‘Kate’ in her BBC interview, now lives in England.  She said: “I do remember feeling very isolated, because it was the first night of the trip it happened. I just had no idea what had just happened to me.

“I hold the school in great esteem but obviously there were failings at the time.  An apology is always a nice thing to hear. I know it’s a different era but it would be nice to hear an apology.”

It is understood that police had little option but to drop the case when it was originally investigated as unlike other parts of the UK in Scotland have a law of corroboration in place.

Police Scotland have confirmed that they had been contacted by another former Aberlour House pupil on what they call a “historic matter” at Gordonstoun.

In a statement a spokeswoman for Gordonstoun said: “We were shocked and saddened to hear of Kate’s account of her experience at Aberlour House.

“Cases of this kind must be unimaginably distressing for the victims and we are committed to managing any case of historic abuse as openly as possible, assisting the police with any inquiry and, above all, supporting victims in any way we can.

“We have given the investigating police unrestricted access to the archive records we hold for Aberlour House.

“We were surprised and disappointed that her case did not go to court and remain available to assist future investigations.”

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