STATEMENT FROM VICTIMS

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0815   Saturday 30th September 2017

From six victims of abuse in a church context

Speaking from our own bitter experience we do not recognise Archbishop Welby’s description of the “integrity” with which the Church of England handles cases of abuse in a church context.   Far from the “rigorous response and self-examination” he claims, our experience of the church, and specifically the Archbishop, is of long years of silence, denial and evasion. The Church of England needs to confront its own darkness in relation to abuse before confronting the darkness of others.

For further information or to arrange interviews contact Revd Dr Mark Stibbe on stibbeauthor@gmail.com or 07891 540201.

Notes

This statement is a response to comments about the Church of England’s handling of abuse made by the Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury on Radio 4’s Today on Saturday 30th September 2017.  The signatories of this statement are victims of abuse by Bishop Peter Ball, Bishop Michael Fisher, John Smyth and Revd Garth Moore.

Victims of abuse within a church context will be gathering for a peaceful protest outside Canterbury Cathedral at 0900 on Friday 6th October 2017. The protest coincides with the gathering of Anglican Archbishops from around the world.