Abuse survivor pictured at care home

Margaret McGuckin, who went into care at the age of three, said that the abuse she suffered started almost immediately.

She said: "I'd be beaten, trailed around and be near drowned in baths or with disinfectant. To be slapped and beaten with hard canes... and be locked in dark cupboards and rooms for hours."

Margaret McGuckin went into care at the age of three.
Margaret McGuckin went into care at the age of three.

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