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
As special support following broadcast of the BBC 'InsideOut' documentary
on sexual abuse in a Buddhist order the MACSAS Helpline will be open for
these additional hours: Monday 26th September and Tuesday 27th September from; 7.00 pm until 9.30pm - Hours will then revert to normal.
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 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.
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,
(23rd 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."
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
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