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Church of England Pays Out After Child Sex and Drug Abuse Scandal - Press Release

8th Jul 2010 | in Kendall House Child Abuse News

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.”


  • On 8th Jul 2010 at 05:43 PM Melzza Moore said...

    So pleased for you Teresa. Well done. :D x

  • On 10th Jul 2010 at 08:44 PM pandora mcneff said...

    well done teresa your hard work has payed off i do hope u receive an apology as well.

  • On 12th Jul 2010 at 07:27 AM Angela said...

    Congratulations Teresa, It’s about time they did something, I applaud you for the fight to get this far and I wish you all the best for the future and you deserve it, hopefully now eyes have been open and it will prevent other children going thro what we had to, I wish you all the best, God bless and good luck x x

  • On 12th Jul 2010 at 12:34 PM Admin said...

    I havent stopped fighting yet and will continue as long as it takes to secure justice all round and to get an appology for all of us grin

    There are still many things to be addressed like social services, kent police, the dcsf refusal to do a review, the uk legal system that fails many victims and survivors of abuse in care just to mention a few.

    If you could email the synod or church of england that would be great as every little helps.

    I hope you are all ok and its good to hear from you grin

    Hugs and love grin xxxxx

  • On 12th Jul 2010 at 06:05 PM Yvonne Stewart-taylor said...

    Congratulations Teresa. You have a right to be heard, all those abused have a right to speak out, especially when those who claim to protect children actually abuse them. The establishment cannot and should not ever be trusted to care for the most vulnerable, they have betrayed any trust we ever had. What happened to you in care can only be described as evil. No money in this world could ever compensate you for what they put you through and the long term damage that came from it.I would never allow a child of mine to be in care. Families and extended families are safer and much more secure, and should always be the first consideration.

  • On 14th Jul 2010 at 12:41 PM Abi said...

    Well Done Teresa Knew you would crack it one day!! Congrats!

    xxxxx Abi Smith (ATC)

  • On 16th Jul 2010 at 04:16 PM Admin said...

    Thankyou so much Abi xxxxxxxxxxx that means alot to me.

    Do you think you could put in a good word and say i want my job back lol how are you?

  • On 19th Jul 2010 at 03:08 AM Fangschick1 said...

    Oh my gosh! You are doing well! I’ve spread the word around to some people I know are going through some abuse problems to check this out, and I hope it will make a difference. Good luck!

  • On 23rd Feb 2011 at 09:04 PM Fran said...

    Terese ...congratulations!

    Would you describe what you and the other girls endured as torture?

    I endured forced drugging and other tortures when i was a child in other settings..not in care homes.

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  • On 17th Mar 2012 at 03:22 PM coral austin said...

    im reading this and crying hello pandora angela and all the other girls helen nedeema we called nedima im in ill health mentally iam diagnosed with post traumatic depression manic etc isuffer lots of pain in my bones amd yes raped held down at random depending what mood those animls were in night time injections why the girls slept etc etc thankyou teresa ive got lots to say justice for every child that went through them doors coral

  • On 11th Apr 2012 at 10:24 AM Ted said...

    Well done Teresa Cooper, you really did a great job for humanities.

  • On 14th Apr 2012 at 09:51 AM Teresa Cooper said...

    Hi Everyone xxxx

    Thankyou for all your beautiful comments and support and thankyou for your time in visiting no2abuse to post your warm thoughts xxxxxx

    I will up dating the site on a regular basis now with blogs on my next two books due out soon and ive added a new feature as seen on the home page for anyone wanting to tell their stories xxxx

    Hugs and lots of Love

    Teresa Cooper xxxxxx

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