James O'Brien shocked by caller's story of abuse cover-up in state care

25 February 2020, 14:03 | Updated: 25 February 2020, 14:07

James O'Brien heard the story of a caller who was pushed not to report his experience of abuse otherwise he'd "suffer more".

Following the findings of a report that Westminster turned a blind eye to child abuse allegations, James was taking calls on institutional cover-ups of child physical and sexual abuse and how the government are undermining the importance of the findings.

Arthur called in to share his story of abuse at the hands of state care. He shared his views on how the system operates along lines of allegations and how the reports of abused children fall on deaf ears.

"If there's anything worse than not being believed, it's being believed but then it being hushed up and nothing done about it".

The caller revealed to James that while he was under the care of the state as a child, he suffered physical abuse at the hands at the manager of the children's home who "lived off his reputation as a hard man".

After reporting the incident of physical abuse to the director of social services, Arthur was told if he "didn't want to make a formal complaint then they'd get me out in a few weeks", but if he did push a complaint then he'd have to live under the roof of his abuser for at least another six months.

A young Arthur decided that the best he could wish for was to get out of there as soon as possible and so no complaint was ever made.

Findings of the report claimed an institutional cover up of abuse
Findings of the report claimed an institutional cover up of abuse. Picture: PA

Arthur recalled the following days and weeks while he was waiting to be relocated. He remembered a "vile atmosphere" and even being verbally abused by the wife of his abuser.

A sympathetic James acknowledged the mental anguish Arthur must have suffered from the treatment he received while awaiting relocation. "You become a pollutant to their lives" he said.

Arthur from Loughton shared his belief that those he exposed the abuse to believed him, but knew that reporting the experience would do more harm than good for him.

"If you make a complaint you're gonna suffer more" Arthur said, backing up the findings of the report showing ignorance on the part of the authorities.

'You're jealous': James O'Brien dissects caller's opposition to striking workers

'You're jealous': James O'Brien dissects caller's opposition to striking workers

James O'Brien slams right-wing media endorsement of Tory PMs

James O'Brien slams right-wing media endorsement of Tory PMs

Tories have become 'the English Nationalist Party' warns member

Tories have morphed into 'English Nationalist Party' member declares

James O'Brien destroys government's 'crisis of intelligence' over Brexit

James O'Brien destroys government's 'crisis of intelligence' over Brexit

LBC listeners blown away by James O'Brien's 'explosive' Beergate reaction

LBC listeners blown away by James O'Brien's explosive Beergate reaction

James O'Brien offers Boris Johnson superfans shoulder to cry on

James O'Brien offers Boris Johnson superfans a shoulder to cry on

James O'Brien's instant reaction to Boris Johnson's resignation speech

James O'Brien's instant reaction to Boris Johnson's resignation speech

'An inevitable and inglorious end': James O'Brien's unrelenting farewell to Boris Johnson

'An inevitable and inglorious end': James O'Brien's unrelenting farewell to Boris Johnson

James O'Brien savages those still backing Boris Johnson - 'Complicit in catastrophe!'

James O'Brien savages those still backing Boris Johnson - 'Complicit in catastrophe!'

Civil servant urges colleagues to quit over PM's 'lies' in 'most remarkable' call

Civil servant urges colleagues to quit over PM's 'lies' in 'most remarkable' call

James O'Brien: 'Toddler Boris Johnson won't set Covid rules, he'll appease childish mask-refusers'

James O'Brien: 'Toddler Boris won't set Covid rules, he'll appease childish mask-refusers'

James O'Brien: 'Starmer's Brexit plan can't include EU until Leave admits they're wrong'

James O'Brien: 'Starmer's Brexit plan can't include EU until Leave admits they're wrong'

James O'Brien blasts 'tub-thumping tabloid hooligans' over Extinction Rebellion hypocrisy

James O'Brien blasts 'tub-thumping tabloid hooligans' over XR protest hypocrisy

James O'Brien reacts as MP Chris Pincher's career hangs in balance amid groping allegations

James O'Brien reacts as MP's career hangs in balance amid groping claims

James O'Brien's animated reaction to outrage over Halifax pronoun badges

James O'Brien's animated reaction to outrage over Halifax pronoun badges

James O'Brien blown away as legal expert explains why Government can't dump Brexit deal

Why PM can't dump NI protocol: James O'Brien blown away by legal expert