His eyes flicker up to the right, reliving those moments in 1982 as if he were back there.“It’s obvious that something’s not right,” he says. When Buzz Feed News began investigating this story, the details, which pointed to a clutch of paedophiles operating across some of our most powerful institutions, seemed at first too grim and too outrageous to hold up.
Dominating everything, however, was a prolific child abuser with establishment connections whose name has been kept from prominence – until now.
Most surprising is what this case reveals about the police: how despite the prominence now afforded to sexual abuse, they continue to behave in strange and unaccountable ways. David, now 49, sits upright in an armchair, hands gripped together, revisiting as much as he can.
Three stories are reported in detail in W5’s documentary investigation of abuse and neglect on the part of long-term care home staff.
Hidden cameras capture abuse and questionable care There is the story of Hellen Mac Donald, resident at St. Her story gained national prominence when her son, Camille Parent, exposed staff misconduct captured by a hidden camera he installed after nobody at the home could explain his mom’s black eye and bruising.
An abusive partner tends to put on what can be considered a “fake mask” for the rest of the world to see.
When it’s just the victim and the abusive partner together, that mask comes off and the victim sees a different side that others aren’t allowed to see.
But most troubling is footage of one care worker pushing and roughly handling her and waving a cloth she had just used to clean Helen’s backside in her face.
Four workers were fired by the home, but three regained their jobs after their union fought for their reinstatement. Joseph declined W5’s interview request, they did say: “We have learned from our past and have implemented change through expanded education, a thorough review of policy and processes, and a fresh approach to care.
My husband could have had Borderline Personality Disorder or Bi Polar, I am not sure.
I can’t diagnose the man, but I know in my heart he needed help. When he was under stress, I knew I was going to have a bad day.
Over the course of a one year investigation, W5 uncovered at least 1,500 cases of staff-to-resident abuse and neglect in nursing homes across Canada in 2013.