Mr Meadows is a 55 year old Pākeha man who is gay. He was placed in Ōwairaka in 1980 at the age of 14. He will give evidence of suffering extensive sexual abuse at Ōwairaka, and being placed in solitary confinement.  He self-harmed in an attempt to be removed from Ōwairaka. He was subsequently placed in a Family Home in Henderson, and placed into foster care with a known and convicted serial sex offender Nigel Hibberd, who raped him a number of times, and was convicted of this offending in 2000.  Post-care, Mr Meadows spent a lot of time in psychiatric institutions for borderline personality disorder and suicide attempts. He has since gained degrees in social work and nursing and worked in both of these professions.

Statement of Andrew Meadows for Abuse in State childrens residential care hearing

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