Clerical abuse survivors step up call for accountability

Source: The Guardian

Religion correspondent

Demand comes after report accused senior Church of England figures of colluding to hide child sexual abuse

York Minster
 Clerical abuse survivors plan to protest outside York Minster on Sunday. Photograph: Getty/iStockPhoto


Survivors of clerical sexual abuse in the Church of England are stepping up their campaign for accountability after a damning independent review last month which said senior Anglican figures had colluded to downplay criminal offences.

Survivors have called for a body without links to the church to take over its safeguarding process, prompting an offer from Lambeth Palace to meet survivors to discuss their proposals.

Graham Sawyer, a survivor, told the Guardian: “I fear that until it does so this is going to become worse and worse as matters have simply gone too far now.”

Another, Matt Ineson – previously known as “Michael” – has waived his anonymity to tell of his alleged rape as a teenager by a vicar. He has made his identity public as part of a campaign for justice sent to almost 500 members of the C of E’s ruling body, the synod, which meets in York this weekend.

Categories: Church, Europe, The Muslim Times, UK

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