September 27, 2022

Gentleman who was drugged and abused by a instructor at a prep school wins 6 figure settlement 32 many years on

A guy who was drugged and sexually abused at the age of 12 by a instructor at a Scottish prep university has gained a 6 determine settlement much more than 30 several years afterwards.

John Findlay took lawful motion versus Aberlour Dwelling School, which was a prep school for Gordonstoun in Moray, north Scotland, above the abuse in 1990.

When he was a boy or girl a trainer arrived into his place, drugged him and sexually abused him following he had requested for support for an damage.

He remained thoroughly conscious during the assault – which was photographed by the teacher – but he was not able to move or talk.

When he informed his parents they made the decision not to go to the law enforcement, so no costs were brought from the trainer, who is now lifeless.

He says his mother and father, who regretted this final decision, in its place contacted Arberlour’s headmaster, who told them the trainer would in no way work a school once more.

Mr Findlay, who is now 44, has offered up his ideal to anonymity just after acquiring the settlement from the university.

He mentioned his victory from Aberlour was ‘an vital admission of liability’, which would ‘act as a warning to establishments tempted to cover up for abusers in their midst’.

He included: ‘I hope it also displays other victims that it is nonetheless attainable to stand up and be counted several several years afterwards.

‘It is well recognised that many little ones who have experienced abuse cover their experiences until they can no extended conceal their correct emotions. No-one should really have to undergo in silence.’


Mr Findlay, who has endured clinically extreme publish-traumatic pressure condition, despair and anxiety since the abuse, spent a long time pursuing his declare against Aberlour House.

He thanked Thorntons Solicitors for their ‘unswerving assistance and dedication to provide forward my claim’.

He extra: ‘I hope my situation reassures persons that there is gentle at the finish at the tunnel and it offers other individuals self-confidence to talk out.’

The settlement will come just after he told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry how the trainer gave him medicine ahead of abusing him, and explained how he was ‘horrendously conscious’ but unable to halt the attack.

Mr Findlay grew to become established to find justice just after discovering his abuser went on to teach elsewhere and abused more victims.

Thorntons began pursuing the case versus Aberlour Residence for Mr Findlay in 2018.

Aberlour House School (pictured), in Moray, is a prep school for Gordonstoun, a boarding school in the same town

Personal injuries solicitor Danny McGinn, who led the declare, stated: ‘Mr Findlay has lived with extreme psychological accidents simply because of what occurred to him, influencing his lifestyle in so lots of ways.

‘His settlement will permit him to get the expert support that he requirements and that will make a enormous big difference to his lifetime.

‘Mr Findlay’s success reveals that the passage of time require not be a barrier to justice. Improvements to the legal time restrict and introduction of the Redress scheme have made it probable for survivors to go after claims even just after a lot of a long time.

‘With these adjustments, and with the illustrations of courageous folks like Mr Findlay, I anticipate that we will see much more survivors coming ahead to confront those responsible.’

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