Sunday, October 26, 2008

Operation Rose

Newcastle in the UK

OPERATION Rose was one of the UK's biggest investigations into sexual and physical child abuse.

"The inquiry was launched in August 1997 when a woman in her 20s disclosed to a social worker that she and a friend had been both sexually and physically abused as children while living in a children's home in the Northumbria Police area."

An investigation was launched, centring on council-run care homes in the North-East and stemming from initial allegations in Newcastle and Northumberland.

Brian Clare, 33, of Grindon, has vowed to continue his 18-year battle to secure "justice" for youngsters who claim they were physically and sexually abused at the city's now-demolished Witherwack House and other care homes. - operation rose

"The same member of staff also abused me sexually. He had previously been a priest...

"I was also sexually assaulted by a male member of staff who later became involved with child protection. He informed me that he would single me out for punishment The forms of punishment employed by the staff at Witherwack House included restraint techniques.

"On one occasion my arm was held up my back so badly my shoulder blade needed medical treatment. My thumb would be bent backwards. until it touched my forearm. This was done at least daily and was extremely painful. I suffer from epilepsy and I believe this was caused by my head being hit of objects. This was not reasonable punishment and force being used - this was evil.

"I often heard screams of other residents being abused.


"Indeed I witnessed a rape of a girl who was eight or nine at the time - I tried to intervene but I was beaten senseless for my trouble...

"I believe that the Director of Social Services was fully aware of the abuse that went on as was the Assistant Director of Social Services."
- my story

aangirfan: Jersey child abuse; Northumbria Police; Operation Rose

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