Church of England Pays Out After Child Sex and Drug Abuse Scandal - Press Release
A 43 year olf mother of three has just won substantial out of court damages from the Church of England after she detailed a three year liturgy of sexual, physical and enforced medical drug abuse she suffered in a Church-run children’s home.
Teresa Cooper, who battled for 18 years to obtain her files and the evidence to prove her appalling treatment by teachers. carers and medical staff, now wants the Church to launch a full-scale inquiry into the scandal at Kendal House in Gravesend, Kent., which closed in 198…..
She wants Church leaders to trace and help the dozens of other girls who she claims suffered a similar fate – many of whom have told her they, too, have endured a lifetime of trauma and ill health as a result of their treatment.
Teresa has also asked the Church to help set up independent research to see if there is a scientific link between the use of psychotropic drugs on the girls and young women in the home and the prevelance of birth defects among their subsequent children – some born years after the drug regime ceased.
Teresa, whose own children were born with problems often associated with the drugs she was forcibly given, was never diagnosed with mental illness and believes she was the subject of unauthorised medical experiments by a rogue psychiatrist using children in care.
She says that when she objected to taking the drugs, she was violently restrained and injected, locked up for weeks at a time, and raped and sexually abused while she was semi conscious.
Teresa has already found 18 other women sent to Kendal House who told her they were forcibly drugged and later gave birth to children with a range of problems. Other girls she has contacted who were NOT drugged in the home have not reported having children with defects.
Church officials have so far rejected pleas from Teresa to discuss her case and the implications of the Kendal House scandal at the General Synod to be held at York on Friday. Despite national concerns over child abuse, safeguarding children is not on the Synod agenda.
Teresa said last night: “In view of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s condemnation of Roman Catholic child abuse and the way it has been handled, you would think he would be anxious to put his own Church house in order.
“I want to make sure the Church of England understands and publicly acknowledges what happened to me and dozens of other girls at Kendal House and I would like to see a genuine Christian will to help others who suffered like me. Anything less will be seen as an attempt to brush the scandal under the carpet in a cynical damage limitation exercise.”