Ex-mental health patient reveals rape horror in Dartford institution

This Is Local London: The mother-of-two, now in her 40s, said she was raped between 50 and 60 times in Little Brook Hospital in Bow Arrow Lane, Stone. The mother-of-two, now in her 40s, said she was raped between 50 and 60 times in Little Brook Hospital in Bow Arrow Lane, Stone.

AN EX-MENTAL health patient has branded psychiatric hospitals "playgrounds for predators" after revealing the horrific sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of a senior care worker in Dartford.

The mother-of-two, now in her 40s, said she was raped between 50 and 60 times in Little Brook Hospital in Bow Arrow Lane, Stone, where she was treated for a nervous breakdown and anorexia a decade ago.

Identified only as Catherine and now in her 40s, she described how she was groomed with chocolate, cigarettes and Valium and was left "scarred for life".

She told BBC Radio 5 live’s Victoria Derbyshire show: "He was the first person I met when I was admitted.

"After a week he came into my room, sat on my bed and started running his hands up and down my legs over the quilt.

"At times I was on a very heavy amount of Valium, not to where I was unconscious but the sedative combined with my already defeated self, I was like putty.

"He would come into my room, pull the covers back, get on top, do what he had to do and leave."

The abuse quickly became regular until it was every night he worked - and he blackmailed her into compliance by saying he would report on her good behaviour.

Catherine says doctors told her that if she tried to leave Little Brook, where she was being treated after coming out of a 10-year abusive relationship, she would be sectioned.

"I strongly suspect it can't have been completely missed. I cant believe it could have been so frequent and not picked up."

Even after contracting a sexually transmitted disease, the abuse was still missed by other staff members.

After being released in 2004, Catherine told her story to a nurse and is now demanding better safeguards for patients.

She said: "It’s an open playing field for predators in that environment."

"It's scarred me completely for life. The best I can do for myself is this. Give interviews and hope that hearing my tale can at the very least prevent others experiencing this. Do tell someone.That's what I did find. Once I did tell, I was believed."

Catherine also described the hospital as "hell" and recounted the violence she experience during her stay.

"To be completely honest, I was in a hell anyway. Anyone could have done anything with me. I was just a body.

"I was burned with boiling water by a patient, covered in blood when a patient slashed at herself. I was sexually assaulted by a patient in front of a nurse while waiting for medication."

Police charged the care worker on four counts of sexual abuse. He pleaded guilty to one act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a patient and evaded jail after his 12-month sentence was suspended for two years.

Catherine described the sentence as "weak".

Kent and Medway NHS Trust ruled he should never work with vulnerable people again and paid Catherine £100,000 compensation.

A spokesman for the trust said: "This incident occurred in 2004 prior to the formation of the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust in 2006 and so we are unable to comment on this specific case.

"However, we take the safety of our patients and staff very seriously and have in place stringent pre-employment checks and on-going training and supervision of our staff."

Comments (12)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:12pm Mon 13 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

Considering jimmy saville was allowed to walk into these type of places and rape people this is no surprise at all.
My advise to anyone, DON'T! goto these places they are not their to help you, they are there to make people believe that society will catch the fallen, it's a lie.
Considering jimmy saville was allowed to walk into these type of places and rape people this is no surprise at all. My advise to anyone, DON'T! goto these places they are not their to help you, they are there to make people believe that society will catch the fallen, it's a lie. white rabbit9
  • Score: 31

6:36pm Mon 13 Jan 14

janice1980 says...

Here we go again with your conspiracies.

Shocking treatment and abuse that this woman received however not all are the same. This is not the norm but acts committed by some evil individuals. There are many caring mental health professionals that would never allow that kind of abuse to continue if they were aware of it. Thankfully it is very rare. Unfortunately wherever there are people in position of trust or authority there are a minority who abuse it to wicked means.

I do find it interesting that you commented. On this abuse but felt that an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a child pupil was acceptable. Double standards
Here we go again with your conspiracies. Shocking treatment and abuse that this woman received however not all are the same. This is not the norm but acts committed by some evil individuals. There are many caring mental health professionals that would never allow that kind of abuse to continue if they were aware of it. Thankfully it is very rare. Unfortunately wherever there are people in position of trust or authority there are a minority who abuse it to wicked means. I do find it interesting that you commented. On this abuse but felt that an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a child pupil was acceptable. Double standards janice1980
  • Score: -12

7:39pm Mon 13 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2216489/Sir-Jimmy-Sa
vile-set-Broadmoor-k
eys-How-sick-star-ac
cess-mentally-ill-pa
tients.html

A teacher and a pupil who above the age of consent, as long as they are both above the age of 16 then no law has been broken.

There are many caring mental health professionals that would never allow that kind of abuse to continue if they were aware of it. Thankfully it is very rare.

WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?

Do you know how much abuse goes on?

Jimmy saville was a scratch of the surface. Here is just 1
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=gLljfBN6-
dU

RARE? Take the glue out of your eyes.

People are to scared to speak out because people like you are so closed minded you dismiss anything as conspiracy!
http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2216489/Sir-Jimmy-Sa vile-set-Broadmoor-k eys-How-sick-star-ac cess-mentally-ill-pa tients.html A teacher and a pupil who above the age of consent, as long as they are both above the age of 16 then no law has been broken. There are many caring mental health professionals that would never allow that kind of abuse to continue if they were aware of it. Thankfully it is very rare. WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM? Do you know how much abuse goes on? Jimmy saville was a scratch of the surface. Here is just 1 http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=gLljfBN6- dU RARE? Take the glue out of your eyes. People are to scared to speak out because people like you are so closed minded you dismiss anything as conspiracy! white rabbit9
  • Score: 21

7:45pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
http://www.dailymail

.co.uk/news/article-

2216489/Sir-Jimmy-Sa

vile-set-Broadmoor-k

eys-How-sick-star-ac

cess-mentally-ill-pa

tients.html

A teacher and a pupil who above the age of consent, as long as they are both above the age of 16 then no law has been broken.

There are many caring mental health professionals that would never allow that kind of abuse to continue if they were aware of it. Thankfully it is very rare.

WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?

Do you know how much abuse goes on?

Jimmy saville was a scratch of the surface. Here is just 1
http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=gLljfBN6-

dU

RARE? Take the glue out of your eyes.

People are to scared to speak out because people like you are so closed minded you dismiss anything as conspiracy!
When the men in white coats come for you WR9 don't worry no one will rape you.

No one is that crazy.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2216489/Sir-Jimmy-Sa vile-set-Broadmoor-k eys-How-sick-star-ac cess-mentally-ill-pa tients.html A teacher and a pupil who above the age of consent, as long as they are both above the age of 16 then no law has been broken. There are many caring mental health professionals that would never allow that kind of abuse to continue if they were aware of it. Thankfully it is very rare. WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM? Do you know how much abuse goes on? Jimmy saville was a scratch of the surface. Here is just 1 http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=gLljfBN6- dU RARE? Take the glue out of your eyes. People are to scared to speak out because people like you are so closed minded you dismiss anything as conspiracy![/p][/quote]When the men in white coats come for you WR9 don't worry no one will rape you. No one is that crazy. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -27

7:50pm Mon 13 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
white rabbit9 wrote:
http://www.dailymail


.co.uk/news/article-


2216489/Sir-Jimmy-Sa


vile-set-Broadmoor-k


eys-How-sick-star-ac


cess-mentally-ill-pa


tients.html

A teacher and a pupil who above the age of consent, as long as they are both above the age of 16 then no law has been broken.

There are many caring mental health professionals that would never allow that kind of abuse to continue if they were aware of it. Thankfully it is very rare.

WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?

Do you know how much abuse goes on?

Jimmy saville was a scratch of the surface. Here is just 1
http://www.youtube.c


om/watch?v=gLljfBN6-


dU

RARE? Take the glue out of your eyes.

People are to scared to speak out because people like you are so closed minded you dismiss anything as conspiracy!
When the men in white coats come for you WR9 don't worry no one will rape you.

No one is that crazy.
Did you bother to read or watch?
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2216489/Sir-Jimmy-Sa vile-set-Broadmoor-k eys-How-sick-star-ac cess-mentally-ill-pa tients.html A teacher and a pupil who above the age of consent, as long as they are both above the age of 16 then no law has been broken. There are many caring mental health professionals that would never allow that kind of abuse to continue if they were aware of it. Thankfully it is very rare. WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM? Do you know how much abuse goes on? Jimmy saville was a scratch of the surface. Here is just 1 http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=gLljfBN6- dU RARE? Take the glue out of your eyes. People are to scared to speak out because people like you are so closed minded you dismiss anything as conspiracy![/p][/quote]When the men in white coats come for you WR9 don't worry no one will rape you. No one is that crazy.[/p][/quote]Did you bother to read or watch? white rabbit9
  • Score: 20

11:56pm Mon 13 Jan 14

janice1980 says...

Really WB9 few people agree with your rambling or your inability to accept that people have a different opinion to yours. I think you are the one living on another planet and I won't be reading any more of your conspiracy antiestablishment drivel. I really think you should get out more instead of hiding behind your computer screen attacking anyone who doesn't agree with you!
That is all.
Really WB9 few people agree with your rambling or your inability to accept that people have a different opinion to yours. I think you are the one living on another planet and I won't be reading any more of your conspiracy antiestablishment drivel. I really think you should get out more instead of hiding behind your computer screen attacking anyone who doesn't agree with you! That is all. janice1980
  • Score: -17

9:20am Thu 16 Jan 14

PaulErith says...

janice1980 wrote:
Really WB9 few people agree with your rambling or your inability to accept that people have a different opinion to yours. I think you are the one living on another planet and I won't be reading any more of your conspiracy antiestablishment drivel. I really think you should get out more instead of hiding behind your computer screen attacking anyone who doesn't agree with you! That is all.
Very well said! Whilst not agreeing with him, I've actually tried to engage WR9 in a sensible debate. I've asked some genuine questions about his theories. However, not even once has he actually answered any of them. Instead, he'll just call people names if they don't agree with him. Could really do with opening his mind up!
[quote][p][bold]janice1980[/bold] wrote: Really WB9 few people agree with your rambling or your inability to accept that people have a different opinion to yours. I think you are the one living on another planet and I won't be reading any more of your conspiracy antiestablishment drivel. I really think you should get out more instead of hiding behind your computer screen attacking anyone who doesn't agree with you! That is all.[/p][/quote]Very well said! Whilst not agreeing with him, I've actually tried to engage WR9 in a sensible debate. I've asked some genuine questions about his theories. However, not even once has he actually answered any of them. Instead, he'll just call people names if they don't agree with him. Could really do with opening his mind up! PaulErith
  • Score: 0

9:22am Thu 16 Jan 14

PaulErith says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
Considering jimmy saville was allowed to walk into these type of places and rape people this is no surprise at all. My advise to anyone, DON'T! goto these places they are not their to help you, they are there to make people believe that society will catch the fallen, it's a lie.
Just to address your point of "DONT! goto these places". People don't choose to end up in these places do they! People don't wake up one day and think, "I know, I'll check myself into a mental institution for the fun of the it".
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: Considering jimmy saville was allowed to walk into these type of places and rape people this is no surprise at all. My advise to anyone, DON'T! goto these places they are not their to help you, they are there to make people believe that society will catch the fallen, it's a lie.[/p][/quote]Just to address your point of "DONT! goto these places". People don't choose to end up in these places do they! People don't wake up one day and think, "I know, I'll check myself into a mental institution for the fun of the it". PaulErith
  • Score: 10

5:42pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Bob Downondiss says...

What happened to all the comments ? I opened up this story as it was the most commented and there's only 8 comments.
Anyone know ?
What happened to all the comments ? I opened up this story as it was the most commented and there's only 8 comments. Anyone know ? Bob Downondiss
  • Score: 0

11:03am Mon 20 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Well someone can never show their face again on the Shopper Bob D. A big girls blouse. Me thinks she will change her moniker now.
Well someone can never show their face again on the Shopper Bob D. A big girls blouse. Me thinks she will change her moniker now. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -4

10:42pm Wed 22 Jan 14

leefender says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Well someone can never show their face again on the Shopper Bob D. A big girls blouse. Me thinks she will change her moniker now.
I think the more likely cause is I work 6 days on 6 days off and on my days off, I don't jump on here to see what tripe you have come up with Gypo.

I am tipping whoever posted that you and I should be ashamed of ourselves also had the comments taken down.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Well someone can never show their face again on the Shopper Bob D. A big girls blouse. Me thinks she will change her moniker now.[/p][/quote]I think the more likely cause is I work 6 days on 6 days off and on my days off, I don't jump on here to see what tripe you have come up with Gypo. I am tipping whoever posted that you and I should be ashamed of ourselves also had the comments taken down. leefender
  • Score: 6

11:27pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Well Lee you were the one who said you reported me. Grow a set sonny, own up and grow up.

Joe Kilroy.
Well Lee you were the one who said you reported me. Grow a set sonny, own up and grow up. Joe Kilroy. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -5

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree