Mora ScottBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2321 (Published 02 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2321
- Margaret Scott
In the Usher Hall in Edinburgh at a meeting of the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC—now known as Children 1st ) in 1978, a small woman stood up to speak. “What are we going to do about the sexual abuse of children?” she asked. This was met with a stunned silence. The concept was as unthinkable as it was embarrassing to the minds of most well intentioned people, 30 years ago.
But Mora Scott (née Craig) had been working as a general practitioner for nearly 40 years. She knew. And as a delegate from the north east of Scotland she had an opportunity to add a new and challenging area of research and protection to the RSSPCC’s work. Since then, one case of abuse after another has been brought out into the open.
Mora Craig was born in October 1917. She had a happy early childhood in Croydon with her sister and two brothers, who spent holidays at the family seaside villa called Domorinec, a quaint fusion of the children’s names.
Her childhood ambition was to be a medical missionary, a future that would have combined the two driving forces of her life: her desire to help people and her Christian faith. At primary school …