CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY: NUNS FORCE-FED ME VOMIT, SAYS WOMAN

Child abuse victim Kate Walmsley

Child abuse victim Kate Walmsley

A woman has told how she was forced-fed her own vomit while staying in a Children’s home run by the Sisters of Nazareth.

Kate Walmsley, now 57, told the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA), that during her stay at Nazareth House in Derry’s Bishop Street during the 1960s she was regularly sexually assaulted by a priest and older female residents of the home.

The HIA is investigating abuse claims against the Sisters of Nazareth religious order, who ran the Nazareth House, as well as allegations against children’s residential institutions across the North from 1922 to 1995, including St Joseph’s Home, Termonbacca at Southway on the edge of Derry’s Creggan estate, also run by the Sisters of Nazareth.

Giving evidence at the inquiry Ms Walmsley, who said she waived her right to anonymity to help other victims who had not come forward, told how she was abused by priests and mentally and physically abused by nuns.

Welfare documents produced at the hearing showed her as a troublesome, badly behaved child but she said this was because of how she had been treated by the nuns who had beaten her and force-fed her with her own vomit.

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