My experience of visiting CH after the abuse

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My experience of visiting CH after the abuse

Post by Peele94 »

I visited CH over the summer to see if it would trigger my PTSD again, and I made a video of my experience in case it's of benefit to anyone else who has been avoiding visiting. Trigger warning, I do mention some of the abuse, but I mainly talk about the easier to digest stuff.
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Re: My experience of visiting CH after the abuse

Post by Otter »

Hi Duncan, I belatedly came across this. Thanks for this excellent video.

I really related to your description of acting as a curtain. I didn't have to do this exact thing, but it's how you described the low-level, almost trivial stuff that a teacher, matron or tutor would laugh at if you raised concerns about it, but are all little straws to break the camel's back. I remember doing similar slave-like tasks for the older kids that were laughed about, as you say treated as character-building, but looking back they were really quite bad, and makes me wonder what the perpetrators are like as adults.

I remember as a Squit being made to do back massages for the LE; having to stand completely still and have my back used as a writing desk for prep; and being told in the dayroom to go to the 2nd floor to retrieve some random small item like a pen, and then come back and be told to get another item and so on, about 10 consecutive times. I think it never me did any long-term harm as it didn't really escalate and I had forgotten about most of it, but anyway I relate totally to your description of it.

Also I'd forgotten of the existence of the term "Harry's Alley" for about 20 years so thanks for that :D
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Re: My experience of visiting CH after the abuse

Post by rockfreak »

It's times like this that I get very irate about Christ's Hospital and some of the attitudes - especially on the Official site (from which I've been banned) which casts CH as smelling totally of roses. No-one should have to apologise for not accepting the "character building" which the British boarding school system apparently specialises in. Why should anyone have to suffer abuses (low-level or high-level) in order to get a decent education? I thought that this sort of thing was over when I was there in the 1950s. I'm aghast to find that it seems to have lingered on. Is this under the deadly triumvirate of Poulton, Cairncross and Sillett by any chance?
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