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This page is for signposting you to the books, articles and websites that we think are helpful. If you are looking for help and information you will often find it by searching the web and looking at links. Many sites also include resources and bibliographies - check them out too.

We have only listed those organisations we know of. However, we cannot take responsibility for the content and advice of other sites.

If you know of other resources or links that we should put here, let us know.

» The FaithTrust Institute has the morst current and complete clergy sexual abuse bibliography by James S Evinger.

An online bookshop offering a huge range on abuse.

Organisations supporting adult survivors of sexual abuse:

» Faith Trust Institute Seattle

» The Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS)
This is part of Pennington County Child Care Association (PCCA).
CCPAS offers training and advice to churches and individuals on all aspects of child protection. They have recently published a Video and Training pack for churches called Facing the Unthinkable: Protecting Children from Abuse. The video, ‘A duty to Care’, can be ordered separately for £25.
Address: CCPAS PO Box 133, Swanley, Kent BR8 7UQ.
Tel: 01322 667207/ 660011 Fax: 01322 614788.

» NAPAC – National Association for People Abused in Childhood
Campaigns and offers support. Has a Freephone information line on 0800 085 3330. Has an excellent resources website.

» S:vox
An organisation for survivors of any sort of abuse as a child or an adult. Offers support, education and advocacy.

» The Lantern Trust
Supports victims of child abuse.

» The survivors trust
Offers support services for women, men and children who are victims/survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. Tel: 01788 551 150

» CIS’ters
Support service for childhood incest survivors.
Address: PO Box 119 Eastleigh SO50 9ZF. Tel: 023 8033 8080

US based Christian group with useful articles on the issue of spiritual abuse, links to other websites and an online forum.

» ACAL – Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
Represents survivors in civil litigation. Has a very good links page to other organisations.

Supports non-abusing parents and carers of sexually abused children.
Address: 141 Greenwich High Rd, Greenwich London SE10 8JA
Tel: 0800 980 1958

» Counselling Directory
Counselling Directory provides the UK with a huge counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help.

» Walk-In Counseling Center
Gary Schoener's Walk-In Counseling Center has offered free, easily accessible counseling for people with urgent needs and few options since 1969. It is based in Minneapolis, USA.

» The Shame of Ireland website
For Survivors of the Irish Industrial School System - their family members and friends are ALL WELCOME. Democracy Transparency and Inclusion for All!

Organisations offering help related to self-harm

» Self-Injury & Related Issues (SIARI)

» Lifesigns
– Self-injury Guidance & Network Support

» Survivors UK
National register of Male Sexual Assault Counsellors (males only).
Address: 2 Leathermarket Street, London SE1 3HN. Tel: 0845 122 1201

» AMSOSA - Adult Male Survivors Of Sexual Abuse
Offers two support groups to male survivors of sexual abuse either as a child or adult. Tel: 0845 430 9371.

» Mankind UK
Provides counselling and support for victims of male rape, male sexual assault and violence, as well as sex abuse support (males only).
Address: PO Box 124 Newhaven, East Sussex.

Children at risk

» NSPCC Helpline
A 24hr helpline to ring if you are concerned about a child at risk or wish to discuss child protection. The helpline will take children at risk referrals and pass them on to the relevant social services department. Tel: 0800 800 500

» Other contacts in this category:

- Your local social services child protection team.

- Your police station - ask for the child protection team.

For any alleged case of clergy abuse of children - report directly to the police.

Help concerning your own risk of abusing children

» Stop it Now
A public information and awareness raising campaign regarding child sexual abuse. Tel: 0808 1000 900

Other child help organisations

» Kidscape
Helps parents to keep their children safe.
Address: 2 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0DH. Tel: 020 7730 3300

» Childline (part of the NSPCC)
A helpline for children. It also offers literature for your community to help keep children safe.
Address: Freepost 1111, London N1 OBR (children can also write).
Tel: (for children) 0800 1111

For disabled children

» Respond
A therapeutic service supporting people with learning difficulties, their families, carers and professionals affected by trauma and abuse.
Address: 3rd Floor Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD

» Child & woman abuse studies unit (CWASU)
Specialist research unit. A wealth of experience in researching child and woman abuse.

Church child protection agencies / head offices

It is important to make yourself aware of your local child protection contact in your church. The following are head offices where you might obtain information about your local region. You should also be able to find policies and procedures concerning abuse in respective churches on their websites. If you cannot access the website or documents you need, contact MACSAS.

» CSAS - The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service
CSAS is the national agency for driving and supporting improvements in safeguarding practice within the Catholic Church in England & Wales.
Address: Queensway House, 57 Livery Street, Birmingham B3 1HA.
Tel: 0121 237 3740

» Baptist Union
Has all the documentation on child protection to download and advice on obtaining
‘Safe To Grow’. Has nothing on adult protection.
Address: PO Box 44, 129 Broadway, Didcot. Oxfordshire, OX11 8RT.
Tel: 01235 517700. Fax 01235 517715.

» United Reformed Church
Address: Church House, 86 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT
Tel: 027916 2020. Fax 0207 916 2021.

» Society of Friends (Quakers)
For information on child safety:
Address: 173-177 Euston rd (opposite Euston Station) London, NW1 2BJ.
Tel: 0207 387 360. Fax: 0207 388 1977.

» Evangelical alliance
No policies or procedures but has a resource page on organisations and relevant books.
Address: 186 Kennington Park Rd, London SE11 4BT
Tel: 020 7207 2100.

» Congregational Federation
Has information for youth workers but no reference to child or adult protection.
Address: 8 Castle Gate, Nottingham NG1 7AS
Tel: 0115 911 1460 Fax 0115 911 1462.

» Church of England
Graham Tilby is the National Safeguarding Adviser for the CofE and heads-up the National Team, He is based at Church House, Dean's Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3NZ.


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MACSAS Reports

The Stones Cry Out:
the response of churches in the UK
to victims of sexual abuse perpetrated
by Clergy, Religious and other
Church Officials.
Read the full report of
The Stones Cry Out [PDF]

The following reports were submitted
by MACSAS to the Cumberlege (Catholic) Commission.
They are in PDF format:

» Betrayed or Supported
- survivors of Clergy sexual abuse
tell MACSAS how they have fared
in the Catholic church.

» Communities of Wisdom
- looks at Catholic parishioners' knowledge of child protection.

» Time to Hear
- explores the situation for
Catholic survivors.

Some Essential
MACSAS Leaflets

These documents are in
PDF format.

» Clergy Sexual
Exploitation of Adults

» Your Safety

» Finding a Counsellor
or Therapist

» Keeping Records

» Contact with the Media

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to view many of the documents
on this site.



Selected sources related to clergy
sexual abuse, Ecclesiastical Politics, Theology and Church History
Thomas P. Doyle

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