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Digital copy of Witness 360's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences in the Jersey Sea Cadets. Signature witnessed by [Detective Sergeant] Keith Bray. [Some details redacted].
December 4th 2007 - December 4th 2007
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Recalls listening to a broadcast on the BBC about historic child abuse in Jersey relating to institutions such as the Jersey Sea Cadets. Discusses a male associated to the management of the Jersey Sea Cadets said in the programme to have been with the Jersey Sea Cadets since 1973, asserting instead that he had been with the organisation since approximately 1960 whilst Witness 360 was a member of the Jersey Sea Cadets. Describes being sexually abused by the male on two occasions when Witness 360 was aged 10 and the male was aged 16 or 17. Includes description of first incident, recalling it occuring on a Sunday afternoon, noting that the Jersey Sea Cadets trained on Sundays or Wednesdays. Recalls smoking in a den when two boys, including the male mentioned in the programme, sexually abused Witness 360 after telling them of being physically abused by a male teacher at St James' Infant School for stealing a compass. Mentions that he was in the Jersey Sea Cadets aged 10 illegally, noting that he was not supposed to be a member until 12 years old, citing insurance reasons. Recalls the two boys justifying the abuse as a result of circumstances of Witness 360 being a member of the organisation, stating that their actions were part of an initiation that Witness 360 had to complete to stay in the cadets. Describes second incident, giving details of sexual abuse by the man mentioned in the programme. Recalls incident taking place in the Den, located to the rear of the main Jersey Sea Cadets buildings at Fort Regent. Refers to the demolition of the building in the 1970s, noting its proximity to the entrance of one of two tunnels near the [cadets'] parade ground. Recalls a third incident whereby the male was connected to an incident concerning the physical abuse of a child in the Jersey Sea Cadets, dating it in approximately 1963. States how the incident was covered up, describing of a pattern of cover ups within the Jersey Sea Cadets. Refers to the man's association with the police, mentioning being caught by an employee at the Police Station driving an abandoned car without insurance and licence. Refers to incident in reference to possibility of incidents of abuse by the male being covered up, noting lack of evidence to confirm this. Describes impact of events on Witness 360, mentioning lack of close friendships, feelings of guilt and the overprotective manner by which he cares for his own children. Expresses concern that other individuals have been abused, noting willingness to make a formal compaint if others were to come forward with their stories. Expresses relief at discussing experiences with the police, noting to have contacted the Police and the NSPCC [National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children] on his own volition.
Bray, Keith, Detective Sergeant
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