Digital copy of Witness 19's witness statement to the Inquiry providing an account of their experiences during the time that they were at Sacré-Coeur Children’s Home. [Some details redacted].

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July 24th 2014 - July 24th 2014

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Background and Home Life Gives details of background and early years at home with parents and siblings, including a description of their father’s alcoholism. Institutions Recollections of their time at Sacré-Coeur Children’s Home for seven weeks on two separate occasions: firstly in 1958 followed by a second spell in 1959. Includes recollections of the property at Sacré-Coeur, staff and day-to-day experiences and rules. Describes daily routine at the home, including work in the laundry room, sewing and knitting, or out in the grounds of the property. Recollections of sister being accused of stealing a watch and consequently being sent away from Sacré-Coeur to live with relatives in Grouville. Social Services Recollections of Children’s Services having little involvement in their family, including no interactions with any social workers. Abuse and Consequences Give details of physical abuse by father when drunk. Describes discipline of nuns at Sacré-Coeur and punishment for perceived bad behaviour. Includes descriptions of physical, emotional and sexual abuse by nuns at the home. Also includes recollections of sexual abuse by a man employed at Sacré-Coeur. Includes details about how their attitude helped them to cope with the abuse they suffered at Sacré-Coeur at the time. Events since leaving Care Provides details of involvement in a Union as an active member, including counselling work carried out for the Union. Includes recollections of having informal conversations with sufferers of abuse at Haut de la Garenne to encourage them to give evidence to Operation Rectangle. Includes references to political interference with respect to child abuse in Jersey. Recollections of a conversation on the radio with Senator Frank Walker regarding a potential political cover-up of abuse. Recollections of a bribery rumour implicating the States of Jersey and Jimmy Savile. Raises concerns about how evidence was handled during court proceedings referencing Haut de la Garenne. Also give details of concerns about the removal of Lenny Harper from the police investigation regarding historic child abuse in Jersey. The statement finishes with the witness’s reflection on their experience at Sacré-Coeur. Includes a list of lessons that they believe that the States of Jersey could learn from, referencing openness, accountability, listening to children and independent inspections of childcare institutions.


Harper, Lenny
Savile, Jimmy
Walker, Frank
Sacré-Coeur Children's Home
Haut de la Garenne
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police


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