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Sitting in the shadows


One website user felt “horrified” when first hearing of the remains being discovered.

We have been asking website users for their thoughts and feelings on the Haut de la Garenne discovery and enquiry.

We specifically asked the question “What did you think when you first heard the news of the remains being discovered?”

One user, who wishes to remain anonymous, has shared their memories with us.


"Horrified and I am a victim of childhood abuse myself.

I have known about the abuse at Haut de la Garenne for years as friends of mine spoke to me. Unfortunately some of them cannot tell their story as they have committed suicide or many of them are dead through addictions.

I see this as a step forward in our society now it is out in the open. This is a new generation that won’t tolerate any forms of abuse, denial and secrecy breeds abuse.

This happens everywhere, Jersey is not immune, if anything being isolated has allowed this to go on.

How does a child be kept of school in cells and no one asks, where are they, how does a child go to school covered in bruises and no one looks, how does a child disappear and no one notices?

This island has been a law unto its self, it seems the staff had more authority than the police and were immune to the laws of Jersey within the home."

last updated: 28/02/2008 at 12:51
created: 28/02/2008

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Police say it is vital that any alleged victims still unidentified contact the incident room as soon as possible, on 0800 735 7777.

There is also an NSPCC helpline on 0800 169 1173 within Jersey, or + 44 (0)20 7825 7489 from outside.

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