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Abuser 'should have been caught decades ago'

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'He abused me for years and got away with it'
A woman who was raped by a paedophile has waived her right to anonymity to say he should have been brought to justice when she first reported him to police 21 years ago.Former soldier David Scott, 60, was jailed for 12 years in May for abusing "generations of girls" in Edinburgh.Laura Lunn, 30, believes he could have been stopped in 1997 when she reported her abuse to police.Police Scotland said there was "lack of corroboration" to prosecute him then.They said Scott was "fully investigated" at the time but that no charges were able to be brought.
Letter to mum
Laura was first targeted by family friend Scott at the age of seven. She describes him as "an absolute monster" and "evil."Over the following three years, he repeatedly raped and abused her - and threatened to kill her mother if she ever told anyone.When Laura was 10, the abuse came to light after she wrote a letter to her mum telling her that she was unhappy.At the time, numerous other girls had been targeted, but they were only spoken to by police when two new victims came forward last year.
David Scott was jailed for 12 years in May this year
Scott was jailed at the High Court in Glasgow for attacks on six girls, including Laura, over a 45-year period starting in 1970.Laura believes the police - along with Edinburgh City Council social workers and the Crown Office - betrayed her and failed to protect later victims.She was removed from her family and placed in foster care and she says, as a 10-year-old girl, it felt like she was being "punished" after reporting her ordeal.She stopped attending school at the age of 14 and has attempted to take her own life.
'Never believed'
She has decided to go public because she is angry at the authorities' alleged failings and believes that other victims have yet to come forward.Laura, from Edinburgh, told BBC Scotland: "I spoke out when I was 10, but was never believed and he continued to rape other kids and get away with it."I can't believe he got away with it for as long as he did and I do believe that the only reason he did was because the police didn't do their job."I was terrified because he'd always threatened to kill my mum. For me, coming forward to speak to my mum was massive because I had the fear that he was going to kill her."
David Scott when he was younger
She said that rather than take her to a police station or "to somewhere where children that have been abused should be taken, somewhere safer" she was interviewed by a police officer and social worker in her mum's flat."It wasn't right. It didn't feel right, especially because I was terrified that I'd even said all this."She described giving her statement as "really hard" and said a relative who was with her walked out because it was so upsetting hearing what she had been through.The abuse had not taken place within her family or her home but Laura was later placed in care.She said: "Why did I just get put into foster care
Laura said Scott "took my childhood away from me"
"There was too much evidence but they just swept it under the carpet, swept me under the carpet."It was not just the police. You've got the police, the Crown Office, social work, everything. I was let down by every single one of them."They should have investigated it further and they would have found other people. They had a duty of care."Laura believes that if the authorities had "done their job properly, at least two of the six victims would never have been abused".She added: "Why did I not get believed? Why did you not listen to me? Why did you not investigate it when all this is here and that was all there back then?"I tried to kill myself that many times because I couldn't cope with it."
'Culture of fear'
Scott served four years with the Royal Scots but left at the age of 20, allegedly for getting a 14-year-old pregnant.The Army said that data protection laws prevented them from disclosing information about Scott's discharge and that their records may not even contain the reasons.help and support is available at the BBC Action Line.
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