Digital copy of a Letter from Witness 894 to a man named Carl, and Witness 894's personal statement regarding her experiences in Care at Sacre Coeur Orphanage. [Some details redacted].

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November 16th 2015 - November 16th 2015

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1. Letter from Witness 894 to a man named Carl dated 16 November 2015. Refers to Witness 894's statement concerning her childhood at Sacre Coeur, and Witness 894's statement to States of Jersey Police, mentioning Detective [Jeremy] Percival. Refers to Witness 894's health problems, and a request that she be contacted for further details if required. 2. Personal statement dated 16 November 2015. Background and Early Life Name mother, father, and siblings. Institutions Refers to admission to Sacre Coeur. Provides the names of some of the nuns at Sacre Coeur. Refers to admission to hospital due to asthma, and time spent with parents due to the same reason. Refers to an individual admitted to Haut de la Garenne for 7 to 8 years. Reflects on rules imposed at Sacre Coeur regarding hygiene, cleanliness, and toileting. Comments on pumpkin soup served at Sacre Coeur, and punishments if children did not eat the soup. Recalls the nuns cutting Witness 894's hair short using a bowl as a guide, due to Witness 894 having headlice. Recalls children at school making fun of her for her short hair cut. Refers to time spent working in the Summerland Factory next to Sacre Coeur. Comments on punishments administered to children who did not meet their quotas of work. Refers to services in the chapel at Sacre Coeur. Recalls punishment when Witness 894 did not cover her head with a scarf in the chapel. Abuse and Consequences Reflects on emotional and physical abuse by nuns at Sacre Coeur. Recalls being kept away from school for two weeks due to physical abuse. Attempted to report the abuse to her mother, who did not believe her. Refers to sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile at Sacre Coeur when Witness 894 was 8 or 9 years old. Recalls being selected to be presented to Jimmy Savile, mentioning the nuns and the Jersey Post [Jersey Evening Post]. Provides newscutting from the Jersey Evening Post dated 1969 about Jimmy Savile's visit to Sacre Coeur. Reported sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile and was punished and instructed not to speak of the abuse again. Refers to sexual abuse by visitors to Sacre Coeur. Refers to punishment following Witness 894 reporting the abuse, mentioning a confession to a Priest. Refers to an individual abused at Haut de la Garenne. Life after Leaving Care Refers to the suicide of an individual who came to live with Witness 894 after she married in 1980, and comments on abuse sustained to the individual at Haut de la Garenne. Left the island in 1983, marrying for 9 years before divorcing due to Witness 894's reluctance to talk about abuse at Sacre Coeur. Refers to partner in the United Kingdom for 25 years, and the end of Witness 894's association with her partner due to domestic violence. Comments on her attempt to make a life for herself again in Jersey. Comments on deaths, alcoholism and bullying in Witness 894's family in the years since her placement at Sacre Coeur. Refers to mental health difficulties, and current treatment. Refers to an appointment awaited with Jersey Talking Therapies.


Haut de la Garenne
Jersey Evening Post
Jersey Talking Therapies
Sacré Coeur Orphanage
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Percival, Jeremy, Detective Constable
Savile, Jimmy


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