All who work for MACSAS are volunteers, who themselves are survivors. Helpline workers are trained and certified to undertake helpline duties.
MACSAS is a support group for women and men from Christian backgrounds who
have been sexually abused by Ministers or Clergy, as children or as adults.
We support both survivors who have remained within their Christian
communities and for those who have left.
Dr Margaret Kennedy founded MACSAS in the late 1990s following requests from clergy abuse survivors who attended Christian Survivors of Sexual Abuse (CSSA), which she also founded in 1989.
MACSAS Committee member profiles:
Phil Johnson - Chair was sexually abused by Church of England clergy for a decade of his childhood. He has spent the last 20 years fighting for justice for himself, his family and all the others affected by the extensive abuse that occurred within the Diocese of Chichester. He runs a support group for survivors of sexual abuse and their partners in Sussex and campaigns for better safeguarding and improved responses to survivors when they come forward to Church or Statutory authorities.
Phil is a member of the MACSAS Committee and also works with the Stop Church Child Abuse Campaign, he also represents MACSAS on the Safeguarding Panel for the Church of England.
Jo Kind is a MACSAS Committee member and their representative in Wales. She works with others
in MACSAS to support people who have been abused under the guise of the Church. Along with Phil Johnson she is representing MACSAS on the Church of England National Safeguarding
Jo is a survivor of clergy abuse when she was a young adult in the Church of England. She worked
for the C of E as a lay assistant in a church in Greater Manchester and then for a church in
Birmingham after studying music in Liverpool. Jo and her husband run holiday cottages at their
home in Carmarthenshire, West Wales and she is on the governing body of a local secondary
school and a local primary school where she has responsibility for overseeing safeguarding.
David Greenwood, Solicitor heads a dedicated team of lawyers working with Psychologists and Barristers to obtain compensation and to assist survivors of child sexual abuse plan their future. He works closely with individual clients throughout the country and has had great success with co-ordinating a number of large and small group actions against church organisations.
David works mainly on actions against public sector departments, church organisations, foster
carers, and Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. He has been dedicated full time to this work since 1998. He is presently involved with pursuing claims of cover ups which could go to the very
top of the Catholic church.
Paul Campbell is recently retired after a career in social work over 35 years. He is a survivor of
sexual abuse by a Roman Catholic parish priest from the age of eleven to thirteen.
“As a child and young man I never talked about my abuse to anyone. My formative background in understanding the impact of sexual abuse has been child protection in Leicestershire. Working as a social worker through the period subject of the Kirkwood Leicestershire Children’s Homes Enquiry
and the ongoing allegations against the former Member of Parliament for Leicester West.”
“My self-awareness of the impact the abuse I suffered has been gradual as I have developed understanding. Although I had begun to talk, in safe settings, there were always deeper areas guilt
and shame which I kept secret. Some twenty years ago I had reported my abuse to the Police and to the Church authorities. Both respectively failed to seriously address the issues, the Priest being
‘retired’ and ‘kept an eye on’ and the Police not making any real attempt at investigate. However in December 2014 following reinvestigation a prosecution was successful. In the course of there new enquiries the Police identified seven victims. My past experiences of the complacency of the Police
and the overriding desire of the Church to protect the organisation, I have learnt, are experiences common to many.”
“The desire to give powerful voice to the experiences of victims of Clergy Abuse has lead me to my involvement with MACSAS.”
Gilo is our Fundraising Focaliser, He was abused over two years by a Prep School headmaster and then in his teens by senior Church of England clergy. He is one of the editors of Letters to a Broken Church due for publication in early 2019. His case was the subject of the Elliott Review in the CofE, which accepted that a handful of senior figures including bishops had known about his abuse and had done nothing. All the senior figures claimed "No recollection" of his disclosures. He has been interested in bringing to light the structural and financial relationship between the church and its insurer, and the 'complicity of handwash' both employ to stymie just and fair settlements.
He is also a hymnwriter, wiki editor, and songteacher.
MACSAS receives NO
substantial or regular income. Donations are vital if we are to continue our valuable work.
The MACSAS Committee
Phil Johnson, Chair,
Media, PR & Website
Jo Kind, Treasurer
David Greenwood, Secretary
& Legal Adviser
MACSAS is a member of the
Stop Church Child Abuse Campaign which was instrumental in calling for
the Public Inquiry
into Child Sex Abuse.
MACSAS is a member of the