Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jersey care inquiry: Sexual abuse 'was common', Savile Abuse, 'Beast of Jersey', Former Haut de la Garenne resident tells of abuse, Three arrested over child abuse in Rotherham and Sheffield

Jersey care inquiry: Sexual abuse 'was common' 
10 February 2015
Consensual sex and sexual abuse were both common at the Haut de la Garenne children's home in the 1980s, a care inquiry has heard.

Witness D, now in his 40s, told the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry he was too scared to report the abuse he suffered to the authorities.

He was in the home from 1981 until he left care in 1984.

His testimony suggested there was widespread abuse of residents by other residents....

'Beast of Jersey' claims heard by abuse inquiry 18 February 2015

The Jersey Care Inquiry is examining historical abuse in the care system
A notorious sex offender dubbed the "Beast of Jersey" would sit girls on his knees and abuse them, the island's care inquiry has heard.

In a statement, Witness 205, a female former resident of La Preference children's home in St Martin, said Edward Paisnel was a regular visitor.

She said he encouraged young female residents to call him "Uncle Ted".

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry is investigating child abuse in Jersey's care system dating back to 1945....

Former Haut de la Garenne resident tells of abuse  16 January 2015
A former resident of the Haut de la Garenne children's home was abused by a member of staff and residents in the 1960s and '70s, an inquiry heard.

A witness known as Mr K, aged 50, gave evidence to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (ICJI) by video link from the UK.

Mr K said he was at the home for 13 years, and described the time as "horrific".

He told the inquiry he felt he missed out on his childhood completely....

Mr K said corporal punishment at the home was excessive, that he had been given three or six lashes with a cane for misbehaving, and then put in a detention cell.

"Staff went overboard and I actually think some of them enjoyed it; one time I was hit so much that the cane broke on me," he said....

Jersey care inquiry: Police told of Savile abuse   15 January 2015

A Jersey care home resident told police in 2009 that he had been abused by Jimmy Savile, an inquiry has heard.

Savile, who died in 2011, was never prosecuted over the allegations, the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (IJCI) has already been told.

The abuse happened at Haut de la Garenne in 1976, the victim told police as part of their investigation into alleged offences at the home.

Police have said there was insufficient evidence for investigating Savile.

The victim's interview with police investigating abuse at the care home was read to the inquiry in Jersey.

Savile, a Radio 1 DJ who also presented the BBC's Top Of The Pops and Jim'll Fix It, died aged 84 - a year before allegations that he had sexually abused children were broadcast in an ITV documentary.

He is now believed to be one of Britain's most prolific sex abusers and is thought to have assaulted hundreds of people between the ages of five and 75.

But was never charged with any offence.

The DJ was a regular visitor to Jersey and was Mr Battle of Flowers at the island's annual parade three times, the last time in 2002....

Three arrested over child abuse in Rotherham and Sheffield    25 February 2015
...The trio, aged 21, 23 and 28, were held on suspicion of committing child sexual exploitation offences against underage girls between 2005 and 2009.

At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report published in August found.

Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other English cities, beaten and intimidated, the Jay report said.

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