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
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA
has published it's review into the future of the Inquiry
You can download the review document by clicking
The first Hearing into the Benedictine Congregation will not take place
until December 2017,
with the first Hearing into the Anglican Church delayed until March 2018
The MACSAS AGM was held on Saturday 29th October 2016
at Resources for London, Holloway Road, London.
You can download the Chair's Report by clicking
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We 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.
Important Information for Anyone Bringing an Abuse Claim Against
the Anglican Church
A new set of Guiding Princlples have been put in place by the Ecclesiastical
Insurance Group (EIG) laying out how claimants should be treated when making
claims against the Anglican Church for the consequences of abuse.
EIG also insure other denominations including the Catholic and Methodist Curches
so it is worth reading the Guiding Principles even if you are trying to claim against
other churches and try to hold EIG to these standards.
We would like to thank Julie McFarlaine and David Greenwood for their hard work
in developing these and getting them implemented.
Click HERE to download the Fact Sheet.
..... IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT .....
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.
Latest Diocese of Chichester Priests
to Be found Guilty of Sexual Abuse
BISHOP PETER REVIEW PUBLISHED
The 'Gibb Report' can be downloaded from
Bishop Peter Ball pleads GUILTY
Despite over 20 years of denials and cover-up Bishop Peter Ball
pleaded guilty to sexual offences against 18 young men and misconduct
in a public office - He will be sentenced on 7th October at the Old Bailey.
He 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
It is clear from the Gibb Report that those who were under 16 at the time
were telling the truth and have now been vindicated. It is also clear that
this was covered-up by senior figures in the church including the
Archbishop of Canterbury at the time, George Carey.