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Digital copy of Exhibit 2: Witness 153's Witness Statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences during her childhood and in the care of States of Jersey at Haut de la Garenne, Sacré Coeur and Les Chênes. Signature witnessed by A Ruddlesden. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 153's witness statement to the Inquiry, see C/D/AW1/B1/19/WS000675.
September 3rd 2008 - September 3rd 2008
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Background and Home Life States that she was born in 1972, referring to her parents' divorce when she was young and mother's remarriage to her stepfather. Describes mother's relationship with the stepfather as volatile, recalling that police were frequently called to the family home. Refers to alcoholism of mother and grandmother, mentioning frequent involvement of the police and Social Services as a result. Refers to placed with [foster parents] when she was 10 whilst her mother was in prison for a period of 2 to 3 weeks placed into the care of foster carers whilst her mother was in prison. Includes a description of her time at home with her mother, referring to her alcoholism and depression. States that she went to stay with her grandmother when she was aged 12, noting that she shared a room with her grandmother. Institutions Includes references to her time in care at Haut de la Garenne, Sacré Coeur, Le Rocquier School and Les Chênes. Recalls being placed at Haut de la Garenne for short periods on occasions when her mother missed her curfew and failed to return to their accommodation. Recalls little of her time at Haut de la Garenne, recalling seeing 6 or 7 other younger children. Asserts that she was not physically or sexually abused whilst at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to placement at Les Chênes. Outlines the circumstances of her arrival, referring to a period of severe bullying at Le Rocquier School following disclosure of sexual abuse by her stepgrandfather to a schoolfriend and subsequent period of truancy from school. Refers to attempt to leave Jersey by boat before being caught and remanded to Les Chênes. Includes comments about the decision to place her at Les Chênes, remarking on lack of consideration of her personal circumstances. Includes comments about Les Chênes. Includes recollections of the cells, other children in residence and members of staff including Mario Lundy, the Deputy Head. Includes reference to comments by staff about the behaviour of female residents and describes behaviour of one male member of staff towards young girls as inappropriate. Describes two members of staff as drunks, and includes remarks about a female member of staff, Mario Lundy and a male responsible for the day-to-day running of the home. Includes comments about the daily routine at Les Chênes, describing the educational and vocational provision and comments about the points system in operation. Refers to staff disciplining other children by placing them in the cells to calm down. Expresses belief that she should have been taken away from her mother and placed in foster care and remarks about her time at Les Chênes. Describes suicide attempt whilst Les Chênes and comments about the response of staff. Includes comments about her Probation Officer, Brian Heath and comments about her referral to Jim Hollywood, noting comments by him about disclosing abuse. Recalls leaving Les Chênes aged 16 and moving to live with her grandmother following death of stepgrandfather. Describes attending an after-school class at Sacré Coeur prior to going to Les Chênes. Includes comments about the ambiance and atmosphere at Sacré Coeur, recalling other children in residence and description of a culture of neglect at Sacré Coeur. Abuse and Consequences States that she was sexually abused by her stepgrandfather from a young age, noting refusal by her grandmother to do anything or leave her stepgrandfather due to him having a war pension. States that her mother reported the abuse to the police on three separate occasions when she was aged 5, 8 or 9, and 12. Notes that her stepgrandfather died when she was aged 16 and includes comments about her stepgrandfather's brother. Describes sexual abuse by her stepgrandfather whilst her grandmother. States that when she was aged 12, her mother contacted the police to report the sexual abuse by Witness 153's stepgrandfather, recalling that Danny Wherry and two women came to see her in the presence of her mother. Includes comments about Danny Wherry's handling of the situation, referring to inappropriate comments made by him. States that she is unsure whether Wherry was from the Police or Social Services. Provides details of accounts of abuse disclosed to her by other children at Les Chênes. Includes details about a girl who told her that she had been sexually abused by her stepfather and her mother. Also refers to another girl who told her that she was some sort of relationship, possibly sexual, with [a member of staff at Children's Services]. Refers to this girl as having committed suicide and the member of staff having been arrested. Includes comments about the girl, stating that she had shared a room with her. States that she was not a victim of physical abuse at Les Chênes but that she did suffer emotional abuse and was treated as a criminal. Describes decision to place her at Les Chênes as barbaric with reference to her diagnosis with a stress-related disorder when she was aged 13. Includes comments about her education at Les Chênes and beyond, commenting on impact of abuse suffered as a child on her learning. Expresses opinion that she was failed by the Jersey care system. Events since leaving Care Recalls leaving Les Chênes aged 16 and moving in with her grandmother following death of stepgrandfather. Describes receiving cognitive therapy from a man when she 19, noting that there was no discussion of the abuse but that they did discuss her family situation. Notes subsequent decision to break off contact with her family, noting that she had a child aged 20, moved to the United Kingdom and remarried. States that she has not had a relationship with her mother for 4 years. Outlines reason for providing her statement to the States of Jersey Police, acknowledging lack of action that can be done regarding her stepgrandfather and inability of other former residents of Les Chênes to provide an account of their stories. Reflects on her experiences during her childhood and under the care of the States of Jersey and comments about the impact of her experiences on her life in respect of her relationship with her family.
Adams, Civilian Investigator
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