Nottingham boy was raped in his home and later abused at Beechwood care home
He has now written a book about his ordeal which details the sexual and physical abuse he suffered as a child
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A victim of sexual abuse has waived his anonymity to tell how he was raped in a Nottingham house before being abused at Beechwood care home.
Paul Waine says the abuse started when he was just a young boy in the 1970s.
The 54-year-old fears he was the victim of a ‘paedophile ring’ and says he was raped in his own bed as a child.
Now living in Southport he told the ECHO that he was raped by a man who stayed the night at his home. Paul said that the man later tried to groom him, buying him toys after school.
Paul was later sent to a care home run by social services, where he claims he endured further sexual and physical abuse.
He has now written a book about his ordeal which details the sexual and physical abuse he suffered as a child.
He said: “I grew up in Nottingham in the 1970s. Unfortunately we were not a happy family. My mum and dad did not get on. I remember at one point my brother and I lived with my mum, which was a particularly happy time.
“We were typical boys, getting into trouble and running around with our friends. Mum loved us and looked after us.
“But when I went to move in with my dad, things changed. My dad was not a nice person to be around. I used to spend as much time as possible out of the house, away from him.”
Paul said that things began to deteriorate when a friend of his dad’s started coming around to the house.
He said: “Sometimes he would sleep over, spending the night on the sofa. I remember coming down in the morning, and when my dad was not looking this visitor would sometimes expose himself to me. I was around ten or 11 years old at the time. And then one night I was in my own bed. He got in next to me and said that my dad said that it was all ok.
“He then took down my pajama bottoms, and touched my genitals. He then raped me. At the time I was just very frighened. When he was raping me I just remember a pain in my stomach area.
“This man then started spending more time around the house, and started to pick me up after school.
“He had a motorbike and would put me on the back – he even had a helmet for me. He would take me to the odd toy shop and buy me things.”
Paul added: “I remember being taken into pub toilets. He would take me in a cubicle with him and start to do things. He would masturbate in front of me. Sometimes he would take my trousers down and try to masturbate me. I did not really understand what was happening.
“I also remember a few times when he took me to a house in Nottingham. I remember there were a lot of men in the house and looking back I think I was being shown off to other paedophiles in the area.”
Paul’s behaviour began to suffer after the abuse, and he started to run away from home. Eventually he came to the attention of social services and he was sent to the The Redcot unit at Beechwood care home.
He said: “At first I loved it. I remember I was given things that I did not have at home, like shorts, t-shirts and running pumps. We had a games room and TV room. It all seemed like a big adventure.”
Paul said that one of the senior managers at the home soon began to show an unhealthy interest in some of the boys.
He said: “There was a member of staff who the boys said was bit of a bully. I remember one day when I had done something wrong. He took me to a small room. He then told me to take my trousers and underpants down. I then went over his knee and he spanked me quite hard. I remember putting my trousers back on and going back into the television room.”
Paul said he was later moved to a nearby building, which was in the grounds of Beechwood.
He said: “A member of staff used to line us all up in row. We then had to wash our genitals in front of him, and then turn around and show our backsides to him. At the time he made out it was all to do with hygiene. I remember once he made me sit in front of him and he grabbed my leg really hard. I cried.”
Paul said that once he reached 16 he started to run away from Beechwood, and commit offences. He said: “I went off the rails. I was running away. I remember begging the police not to take me back there. And then I was in and out of borstal. I hated everyone and blamed everyone for what happened to me.”
Paul said that he became ill while working in a kitchen during a stint at a borstal.
He said: “I fainted while working in a kitchen at the borstal. I was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary. After one of the doctors examined me he asked me if I had ever had anal sex. I said no, and felt deeply ashamed. I had to bury it.”
In numbers: Child abuse investigations in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
The investigations into historic abuse in children’s homes and foster care in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have been running since 2010. As of January 2018, these are the key statistics:
832 – The number of allegations of historic sexual or physical abuse that have been made so far
559 – The number of suspects identified
355 – The number of people who have come forward with allegations
90 – The number of ‘core participants’ identified for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse hearing for Nottinghamshire Councils (this includes 83 complainants who allege that they were sexually abused in the care of the two councils.)
22 – The number of children’s homes in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire being investigated by police (this includes one linked home in Derbyshire)
15 – The number of days in October the Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse hearing for Nottinghamshire Councils is due to last
14 – The number of people who have been charged by police. Five defendants are yet to come to court
7 – The number of people who have so far been convicted (three of these are for abuse carried out in children’s homes; four are for other offences)
2 – The number of defendants who have been found not guilty
Paul said that on one occasion he searched out the man who raped him as a child.
He said: “I heard where he was living so I went around there with a group of lads. We tried to get in but he barricaded himself in. I think he called the police and we had to clear off.”
Paul said that he ‘went off the rails’ as a teenager and spent a lot of time in borstal. He said: “I was messed up and always in trouble with the police.”
By the age of 20 Paul decided to change his behaviour, and stopped committing offences. But he told the ECHO that the abuse he suffered as a child at home and in care ruined his life.
He said: “I was a damaged person, and this ruined my adult relationships.”
Paul said that the abuse he suffered was flagged up with the authorities but that ‘nothing happened.’ He said: “In 1979 I told a social worker that I had been raped at home. And in 1989 I told the police about it but nothing happened.”
In 2013 Paul began speaking to Nottinghamshire Police. He was interviewed as part of Operation Daybreak, which was a large scale investigation into child abuse centred on Beechwood.
He said: “Although I was happy to speak to officers and tell them what happened to me, I found the process trauamtic. I had a breakdown and became suicidal.”
Paul was then placed on a 28-week counselling course and prescribed strong medication which helped him.
It’s understood that the man alleged to have raped Paul at home has died. The man alleged to have abused Paul at Beechwood is also deceased.
A file was passed to the CPS in relation to a third man but it did not meet the evidential test.
In October 2015 Paul and his close friend Yvonne Wild began writing a book about the abuse he suffered.
https://get.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nottinghampost.com%2Fnews%2Flocal-news%2Fnottingham-boy-raped-home-later-1659165&cre=bottom&cip=48‘Little Boy Wonder’ which was self-published on Amazon, takes an unflinching look at Paul’s life growing up in Nottingham.
Former Southport MP John Pugh, now a ward councillor, said: “Paul and his partner have been astoundingly brave. They have been to hell and back with Paul having to deal not only with profoundly disturbing family matters but the knowledge that the agencies that should have protected him let him down. Only his courage and persistence has enabled him to survive.”
Colin Pettigrew, corporate director for Children and Families at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We are aware of Mr Waine’s allegations. The county council is co-operating fully with the police-led Operation Equinox which is investigating child abuse in Nottinghamshire children’s homes that goes back many decades.”
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will be holding public hearings for the Nottinghamshire investigation in October.
If you would like to share an experience of child sexual abuse with the Inquiry’s Truth Project visit wwww.truthproject.org.uk or call 0800 917 1000.