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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
and Wednesdays 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm.

We are happy to help as far as we are able.



The current chair of the MACSAS executive committee, Lucy Duckworth, has today resigned
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
must temporarily cease my work in providing the much needed support to the many clergy
survivors who use MACSAS for the foreseeable future.

Rather than work with MACSAS in assessing and providing for the needs of survivors and
the inquiry, the senior safeguarding team at the church of England have consistently raised
concerns about my position. Their behaviour is deeply disappointing. I do however remain
sure that the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will examine the churches
thoroughly overcoming any obstacles put in their way"

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



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 of this year 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.

MACSAS Statement re Archbishop's Inquiry into the Peter Ball Case

MACSAS cautiously welcomes the announcement of a review into the Bishop Peter Ball case.

In order for this review to be successful and meaningful it must be
completely independent of the Church of England.

It must be afforded complete, unrestricted access to all of the evidence and to
any files held by any part of the Church.

It needs to be properly resourced so that the reviewers can travel to examine
documents and interview witnesses. If witnesses need to travel to be interviewed,
they should be fully recompensed financially.

It needs to set its own timescale and needs to be free to extend it
if it feels that it is necessary.

The full report, not just the findings and recommendations need to be made public.

We do not accept that the Church were pro active in initiating the investigation,
it has held information on Peter Ball for many years and has failed to share it with
previous investigations, even questioning the honesty of survivors and publicly stating
that the allegations against Peter Ball were false.

We call upon the Archbishop to commit to the measures above before the review begins,
as learning from past reviews, vital information has been missed, which we believe to be due
to the reviewer having a lack of independence from, and therefore bias in favour of, the church.
The survivors of Peter Ball have been repeatedly let down by the church, and now is the time
for the archbishop to demonstrate a strong commitment to changing the culture of abuse and
the poor responses given to survivors within his institution.

Phil Johnson, Survivor of Peter Ball, MACSAS Committee

Lucy Duckworth, Chair MACSAS

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


We are very aware that there is lots of media coverage about abuse at the moment as the
home office national inquiry is getting under way.

This will be very difficult for anyone who has been abused in any context. If you are at all affected by this, please do contact us or call our helpline.

MACSAS is also taking an active part in working with the home office to shape the
inquiry into uncovering the abuse within the churches whilst supporting and getting
justice for abuse survivors. As such we have met with the home secretary and will
continue to do so to ensure support for survivors is paramount throughout the
whole process. We will update you on this as we proceed.

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.


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."


Letter to The Home Secretary

MACSAS is a signatory to a letter to the Home Secretary
from The Survivors Alliance - 29th January 2015

Click on this link to read the letter


MACSAS is run by Survivors for Survivors
You are not alone


MACSAS is an active member
and supporter of the



Representing Survivors' interests in the
Child Sex Abuse Public Inquiry

Research Project

If you would like to take part in an online
study with adult survivors of child sexual abuse that aims to investigate individual differences in emotional responses to experiences of child sexual abuse.
Please click on the link below:




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Rev Vickery House
Jailed for
Six and a Half Years

Diocese of Chichester pays compensation
over child sex abuse allegations against
'Saint' George Bell

Bishop Peter Ball
Guilty of Sexual Abuse and Misconduct in Public Office.

Catholic Church in Scotland issues
'apology' for
child abuse

Church admits failure over Portsmouth paedophile priest put children at risk!

Cardinal Seán Brady admits 'shroud of secrecy' over Church
sex abuse inquiry

Catholic priest James Robinson fled after ‘police tip-off’

Paedophile priests:
Pope Francis sets
up tribunal

Methodist Abuse
Inquiry Published

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Stop Church Child Abuse

David Greenwood
Anne Lawrence
Phil Johnson &
Lucy Duckworth
also campaign for the
Stop Church Child Abuse Campaign which was instrumental in
calling for the Public Enquiry
into Child abuse in churches
and religious organisations
in the U.K.

They also campaign to try to change the law to make the reporting of child sex abuse mandatory

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