Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors
MACSAS supports women and men who have been sexually abused, as children
or adults, by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church.
We support both Survivors who have remained within their Christian communities
and those who have left
This website offers many useful resources.
We also offer a telephone and email helpline for victims and survivors of
Minister and Clergy sexual abuse – and for relatives of victims and survivors.
The Helpline is currently open on Saturdays from 9.00am - 11.00am
7.00 pm - 9.30 pm.
Support e-mail enquiries are checked on a daily basis
and we will respond as quickly as possible
We are happy to help as far as we are able.
..... IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 16/3/2016 .....
MACSAS designated Core Participant in the
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
A core participant is an individual, organisation or institution that has a specific
interest in the work of the Inquiry, and has a formal role as defined by legislation.
Core participants have special rights in the Inquiry process. These include receiving
disclosure of documentation, being represented and making legal submissions, suggesting
questions and receiving advance notice of the Inquiry’s report.
MACSAS intends to use this position to best represent the hundreds of survivors
who have contacted us over the years and present their evidence to the inquiry in
the hope that the truth will finally be revealed as to how the Churches and Religious
Institutions have handled complaints of child sexual abuse by the clergy and others.
MEDIA COVERAGE OF ABUSE ISSUES
We are very aware that there is lots of media coverage about abuse at the moment.
As the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) begins it's investigations
and preliminary hearings this will probably increase.
We at MACSAS are survivors of abuse ourselves so understand how very difficult
and re-traumatising this can be for those who have suffered sexual abuse in their
childhood. If you are at all affected by this, please do contact us
or call our helpline.
MACSAS is also taking an active part in the IICSA and continues to work with the
churches to try to insure that survivors can access the support that they need
at this difficult time.
MACSAS exists to support survivors of abuse and to be a listening and
understanding ear. Please stay safe and get in touch if we can help.
ANNOUNCEMENT - PRESS RELEASE
LUCY DUCKWORTH STEPS DOWN TO ALLOW HER CONTINUED WORK WITH THE GODDARD INQUIRY
The current chair of the MACSAS executive committee, Lucy Duckworth, has resigned,
(23th January 2016) in order to continue her work with the Goddard Inquiry, thereby
avoiding a potential conflict of interest. She is delighted to be handing the role to
Phil Johnson who has much experience supporting survivors and holding those
who abused in the church to acount.
Lucy's work with the Victim Survivor Consultative Panel was perceived as being in
conflict with her role at MACSAS.
Lucy said “My advisory role with the inquiry will continue as we believe this to be the
most effective way of changing the current culture of tolerance of abuse. It is with deep regret
that I must temporarily cease my work in providing the much needed support to the many
clergy survivors who use MACSAS for the foreseeable future."
Phil Johnson, who was personally involved with investigations of the Church of
England in Chichester and issues concerning the former Anglican bishop Peter Ball
will take on the role of Acting Chairperson.
The MACSAS helpline remains open and we continue to respond to e mails and calls
for help from anyone affected by clergy abuse.
Rev Vickery House Jailed
Latest Diocese of Chichester Priest
to Be found Guilty of Sexual Abuse
BISHOP PETER BALL JAILED
Archbishop Commissions Review of Peter Ball Case
The Archbishop of Canterbury has today commissioned an independent review of the
way the Church of England responded to the case of Peter Ball,
the former Bishop of Gloucester.
During a hearing at the Central Criminal Court on September 8th 2015
Bishop Peter Ball pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault and one charge of
misconduct in public office following the work of Sussex police as part of Operation Dunhill.
Operation Dunhill began as a direct result of the safeguarding officer at Lambeth Palace
raising concerns about Peter Ball following a church initiated review of files. The approach
to the police was a proactive step on the part of the national Church leading to a self-initiated
referral via CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre) to Sussex Police in 2012.
This led to active co-working between the Church and Sussex Police on a
complex enquiry with full information sharing.
Since Peter Ball’s guilty plea questions have been raised about the Church’s handling of
this case. As a result the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has commissioned
an independent review of the way the Church responded.
The independent review will examine the Church of England’s cooperation with the police
and other statutory agencies and the extent to which it shared information in a timely manner, identifying both good practice and shortcomings alike. It will also assess the extent to which
the Church both properly assessed the possible risk that Bishop Ball might pose to others
and responded adequately to concerns and representations submitted by survivors.
Further information about the arrangements for the review will be available in due course.
The Archbishop has confirmed that the report of the review will include a detailed account
of how the case was handled within the church and will be published.
Bishop Peter Ball pleads GUILTY
Despite over 20 years of denials and cover-up Bishop Peter Ball has today
(8th September 2015) pleaded guilty to sexual offences and misconduct in
a public office - He will be sentenced on 7th October at the Old Bailey.
He has refused to admit any sexual misconduct against complainants
who were under 16 at the time - These cases will lay on file.
Statement by Phil Johnson HERE
Methodist church report on abuse
"The report into the Methodist church tells only part of the story."
"The cases examined are only the ones documented in the past. Many will not have been
recorded. We will never know how many cases have not been handled properly.
Many of those affected do not trust that churches will take their complaints seriously which
means we are left with thousands of survivors who do not even report their abuse.
"Church organisations have enjoyed unquestioned trust to care vulnerable members
of society. Churches are closed organisations and have been trusted to regulate themselves
in relation to child abuse allegations.
This means that those who are brave enough to speak up about wrongdoing in their
organisation are forced to speak to someone with a vested interest in protecting the church.
Typically very few allegations are taken seriously and reported to the police. The report itself acknowledges that only a tiny minority of cases are passed to the police.
"This has amounted to systematic covering up of allegations of abuse of children
and vulnerable adults."
"MACSAS have heard apologies and commitments to improve yet church organisations of
every denomination have refused to hand over complaints handling to an independent body.
"We have campaigned for changes to improve church responses to allegations and for a
thorough investigation as part of a national inquiry. The Methodist church is not alone as a
wrongdoer. All churches require scrutiny. I hope that the inquiry headed by Mrs Justice
Goddard will thoroughly examine church handling of allegations and consider recommending
the establishment of an independent organisation for taking reports of abuse and mandatory
reporting of allegations to the police."
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