Dating an abuse survivor
He said he saw one child appear to go into cardiac arrest on the hospital floor after being given too much of medication to sedate him.“They got his heart restarted and just dumped him back into bed,” Alan said.Today, The Hotline is continuing to grow and explore new avenues of service. I wrote the number up and pasted it on the wall because I’m like, ‘This is a lifeline, this is where I’m going to turn my life around. “We were beaten, we were punched, we were put in headlocks, we had our heads rammed into doors…I was one of the lucky ones because I wasn’t raped, but I know of other people who were.” Alan* was 11 years old when he was taken into Hill End Hospital Adolescent Unit in St Albans – a place where he was meant to be cared for alongside other vulnerable children.“I was dragged back, locked in the cell and I remember hearing the police outside the door.I was telling them ‘I need to talk to you, I’m being abused’.Our database holds over 5,000 agencies and resources in communities all across the country.Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170 different languages.
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“It used to take 45 minutes to fall asleep, so I managed to get out door and climbed out a window - I knew I needed to get away.” Alan said.
Staff called police but found the boy in nearby woods before officers arrived.
But he never heard from social services on Hill End again.
The medication he was given does not appear on any records given to GPs and police have told Alan and other victims the hospital’s own documents were destroyed in an arson attack at an undisclosed off-site facility.