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Digital copy of Witness 139's first witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily at Haut de la Garenne. Signature witnessed by Civilian Investigator Brian Carter. [Some details redacted].
November 25th 2007 - February 13th 2008
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Summary of an audio interview conducted at Witness 139's home address on 25 November 2007. Includes Witness 139's completion of authorisation relating to claiming compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board in respect of the abuse she suffered whilst in care, signed on 13 February 2008. Refers to telephone contact made by Civilian Investigator Brian Carter on 5 November 2007 to inform Witness 139 that during [Operation Rectangle] investigation into Haut de la Garenne, Witness 139's name had been given to the police due to having been a resident of the home. Comments on emotional distress caused by having to relive experiences at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning news coverage in the [Jersey Evening] Post. Gives details of sexual abuse by an older girl in residence or a female member of staff at Haut de la Garenne. Includes a description of the individual's physical appearance and remark regarding place where the abuse took place. Recollections of sexual abuse by a man when Witness 139 was younger than 9 years old. Recalls reporting abuse to mother who then went to speak to Mr Thompson [Jim Thomson, Superintendent at Haut de la Garenne]. Comments on subsequent conversation between mother and Thomson, noting that her mother was told to not contact the police or face having visits to see her daughter cut. Recalls being emotionally abused, including verbal abuse, for two weeks following conversation between mother and Thomson regarding complaints of sexual abuse. Cites a male and a female as having been perpetrators of the emotional abuse. Gives details of sexual and physical abuse by Morag Kidd and three other members of staff, followed by placement into the detention room. Includes description of the detention room, commenting on lack of privacy. Recalls conversation with a former resident who witnessed abuse of Witness 139 by Kidd and the individual's actions upon seeing Kidd in public several years later. Comments on relationship with her sisters, describing herself as a protector to them. Recalls breakdown in relationship with younger sister when Witness 139 left Haut de la Garenne aged 16, commenting on sister's sense of abandonment on Witness 139's part for appearing to leave her behind at Haut de la Garenne. Includes remarks about letting children leave Haut de la Garenne at such a young age without support with respect to finding employment and coping financially. Refers to recent deterioration of relationship with [sister], and details of information from [her sister] that she was sexually abused by a male resident at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls sister being fostered after Witness 139 left Haut de la Garenne. Refers to visiting Haut de la Garenne with mother a few months prior to date of statement, commenting on sense of unfamilarity upon return to the home. Includes vague recollection of an incident occuring in the shower rooms in Baintree. Comments on awareness of and contact with former residents of Haut de la Garenne since leaving care, mentioning a male resident's admission to St Saviour's Hospital and receiving an apology at St Michael's [School] from [a former female member of staff at Haut de la Garenne] regarding her treatment of Witness 139. Recalls response when a perpetrator of abuse against Witness 139 apologised for regular physical abuse whilst in Woolworths. Includes recollections of a female member of staff and two kitchen staff. Recalls a girl running away when she was aged 13 and her receiving an internal examination upon her return, commenting on intrusiveness of policy. Recalls being encouraged to come forward and report mistreatment and abuse experienced whilst in care at Haut de la Garenne by a man over pizza at the Waterfront. Recollections of physical abuse by staff at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning caning, use of soap and being forced to stand in the corridor for up to eight hours. Refers to corporal punishment of children by Haut de la Garenne staff whilst in Guernsey. Includes comments about a woman, referring to distress caused as a result of seeing her since leaving care. Gives details of sexual abuse by staff whilst Witness 139 was babysitting. Mentions how staff involved Witness 139 in looking at a pornographic film and consequences of this aspect of abuse on Witness 139's later life. Also refers to parties involving members of staff at Haut de la Garenne. Discusses relationship between herself and her mother, noting breakdown in communication and contact between her mother and her sisters. Comments on mother's alcoholism. Refers to impact of experiences during childhood on her mental health, noting use of antidepressants for 15 years at time of statement. Refers to seeing a counsellor when she was aged 29, taking overdoses aged 16 and 21, and self-harming when living in a flat after leaving Haut de la Garenne. Also refers to having been involved in abusive and violent relationships during adulthood. Statement finishes with reference to conversation with Civilian Investigator Carter about an incident of sexual abuse by a male member of staff at Haut de la Garenne. Notes how she later heard on the radio about Mr [Gordon] Wateridge appearing in Court in connection with [charges of child abuse] at Haut de la Garenne, and subsequently releasing that it was Wateridge who had sexually abused her. [For Witness 139's second witness statement to the States of Jersey Police dated 31 January 2009, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/9/WS000190 or C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/9/WS000192].
Carter, Brian, Civilian Investigator
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