A mental health patient has narrated how she was raped up to 60 times by a care worker.
The woman who has branded psychiatric hospitals a ‘playground for predators’ only built up the courage to speak out about the abuse after she was released from Little Brook Hospital in Dartford, Kent – and her abuser avoided a jail sentence.
The woman, who has not been named, has now called for better safeguards for mental health patients, who she describes as ‘the most vulnerable in society in terms of being abused’.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Victoria Derbyshire show, she described how the staff member would enter her room for sex on a nightly basis.
She narrated how the staff member would give her gifts such as Valium, cigarettes and chocolate, according to the Mirror
The woman who is now in her 40s gave an estimate that she was raped 60 times. She was paid £100,000 compensation in 2003 and 2004.
‘You latch on to that hope because you don’t have much hope in anything else. He would come in to my room every night and rape me.
‘But who is going to believe a mental patient over a highly respected member of staff?’
Meanwhile, she was told by doctors that if she attempted to leave the hospital she would be sectioned.
The woman even got a sexually transmitted disease, but staff only became aware of the abuse when she was released from the home and gained the courage to report it.
The care worker however pleaded guilty to one act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a patient after being charged by police and he was given a 12-month sentence, suspended by two years, and told by Kent and Medway NHS Trust he should never work with vulnerable people again.