A MAN who was abused for three years as a child is fighting another desperate battle.
Jason Mitchell, 33, claims people in Huddersfield are convinced he was a child abuser.
He was abused in Kirklees Council children's homes and received compensation after Operation Clyde - a huge police and social services investigation into the massive child-abuse network in children's homes in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.
Now Mr Mitchell has spoken out to try to convince people of his innocence.
He claims the harassment makes it impossible for him to continue living in his home in Tintern Avenue, Golcar, and has pleaded for help.
`Why should I have to prove that I am a victim and not some kind of paedophile?'
WHEN police investigating sexual abuse in Kirklees Council children's homes contacted victim Jason Mitchell he thought it would be a chance to get justice.
But for the 33-year-old Golcar man giving evidence in West Yorkshire Police's Operation Clyde turned his life into a living hell.
He was one of 400 former children's home residents spoken to during the 1996 operation, which centred on abuse stretching back to the 1960s.
Mr Mitchell received a settlement from Kirklees Council four years ago because of abuse he suffered in care at Dewsbury children's homes from 1984 to 1987.
But problems began when word leaked out on to the Tintern Avenue estate that he had been involved in Operation Clyde.
His neighbours mistakenly believed he was an abuser, not a victim.
Since then his life has been a nightmare.
He says he has been physically attacked twice and regularly has verbal abuse thrown at him, including being called `nonce' and `rapist'.
His three young children and partner have also been targeted.
Mr Mitchell consulted police and his solicitor, who said the persecutors were breaking their council tenancy agreements.
But when Mr Mitchell asked Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing to take action nothing was done.
He said he was a victim and that he had the paperwork from the investigation to back him up.
Officials said they would help - but only if he handed over paperwork to prove his innocence.
Mr Mitchell refused.
He said: "I don't understand why I have to prove that I am a victim and not some kind of paedophile.
"I can understand why people would hate me if I was. But they have got the wrong end of the stick."
Mr Mitchell said taking part in Operation Clyde has ruined his life.
The stress of reliving old memories and the subsequent persecution from his neighbours has left him depressed and suffering anxiety attacks.
Mr Mitchell had to quit work as an electrician and now lives on benefits - meaning he cannot move away from the council property.
He said: "I would love to go back to work - but I just can't. I can't meet people without wondering what they think of me.
"To relive everything was a trauma and I only got nine counselling sessions, which was not enough for me.
"All this trouble makes it 10 times worse for me. I can't put it to rest and get on with my life. I'm at my wits' end."
Mr Mitchell said he would love to move away from Tintern Avenue - but his inability to work means he has to stay in council housing.
His partner also wants to stay in the area, to be near her parents.
He said: "My partner has been very supportive, but she does not want to move.
"I would love to move away, because me - and especially my children - should not have to put up with this."
A Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing spokeswoman said there was nothing they could do without evidence of his neighbours harassing him.
She added: "We have every sympathy for Mr Mitchell and his family.
"In order to take any kind of legal action against Mr Mitchell's neighbours we have to have enough evidence to convince a judge that an injunction is warranted.
"We will support Mr Mitchell in any way we can, but we cannot take action without his help.
"If Mr Mitchell feels the situation has gone beyond gossip and rumour and feels threatened by his neighbours he should go to the police.
"They will assess the situation and, in extreme circumstances, ask us to re-house Mr Mitchell."
She said housing officers would contact Mr Mitchell to discuss the problems.
OPERATION Clyde was a massive investigation into sexual abuse at children's homes across Kirklees.
It spanned three years and led to three men being jailed.
It centred on allegations of abuse at 15 children's homes and two residential schools in Kirklees, stretching back to the 1960s.
It began in 1996, but the investigation soon snowballed.
Disciplinary action was also taken against other employees of Kirklees Council and four were sacked.
Thirty-one police officers worked alongside 15 staff from the NSPCC and other child protection organisations.