The survivors of sexual abuse in the Church of England, are stepping up their campaign for the responsibility after a damning independent review last month, which said senior Anglican figures were tuned to minimize the offences.
The survivors have called for a body without connections to the church to take delivery of the safeguarding process, by requesting an offer from Lambeth Palace to meet with the survivors to discuss their proposals.
Graham Sawyer, a survivor, told the Guardian: “I am afraid that until it does, this is going to get worse and worse, as the issues have just gone too far now.”
Another, Matt Ineson, formerly known as “Michael” – has waived his anonymity to tell of her alleged rape as a teenager by a vicar. He made his identity as part of a campaign for justice sent to almost 500 members of the C of E ruling body, the synod, which meets in new York this weekend.
Ineson, who plans to protest outside York minster on Sunday, has prompted the dismissal of many of the bishops and of an independent examination of the way in which the church managed its dissemination.
There is no debate about sexual abuse, or the C-And weaknesses in the management of cases in the program during the four days of the synodal assembly, which starts on Friday.
Last week Ineson wrote to Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, for the 13th time, saying: “The Church of England has made me fight at every step to try to get justice, and the further prevention of the abuse of my abuser.
“In this way, you are added to my abuse. The bishops have actively conspired together to try to ignore, discredit and get rid of me.”
In 2016, he has filed formal complaints with the C of E with John Sentamu, the archbishop of York, and four other serving bishops, presumably to act on your revelations of abuse.
The complaints were rejected by the C, And to be presented outside of a time limit of one year. Another complaint, against a bishop emeritus, is still regarded.
Ineson alleged rapist, priest, Trevor Devamanikkam, killed last month, on the day that it is due to appear in court on three charges of rape and three of indecent assault on a child.
This week, after Ineson circulated his account, Graham Tilby, C, And national preservation officer, has written to the members of the synod to say Ineson had met Welby last year and had received the offer of support and will continue to be offered support, even if such date is not wanted by the church for this”.
Tilby urged members to consult the diocesan safeguarding advisers before responding directly to Ineson.
In response to the email, Ineson written Tilby saying that the support had been offered was “too little and too late” and does not trust the church.
He added: “I was quite overwhelmed by the support received in the course of the last 24 hours, and many members of the synod have indicated that they are planning to come out from the Cathedral to speak to us on Sunday.”
Meanwhile, two victims of sexual abuse by Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, and their lawyers asked for a criminal investigation into George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, if he has deliberately hidden the evidence.
Carey was strongly criticized in an independent review of the Ball made by Dame Moira Gibb. It was found that Carey had received seven letters in the early 1990s raising concerns about the Sphere of activity, but had passed only one – the less overwhelming for the police.
This has given “rise to a perception of deliberate concealment,” the report said.
After the publication of the Gibb report, Carey close, honorary assistant bishop in the Welby will.
The survivors, Sawyer and Phil Johnson, and their lawyers have also called for a legal obligation, requiring that the knowledge or suspicion of abuse will be reported to the authorities.
Johnson told the Guardian: “In the last ten years there have been numerous high-profile and ‘independent’ reviews in cases of sexual abuse in the C of E. The striking similarity in these relationships is that in almost all cases the allegations of abuse had been known by several bishops and high-level officials for many years, and had not been able to report it to the police.
“It seems that there is an institutional instinct to ‘do things’ internally, and to reduce to a minimum the damage to the image of the church, rather than support the victims. This has to change.”
The survivors of abuse would have been carried out by John Smyth, a quality control and quality assurance of the gospel that has run the Christian summer camps in the 1970s and ‘ 80s, have drawn the attention of possible parallel with the Ball case.
After the Smyth allegations surfaced, Welby, who has participated in some of the concentration camps and knew that the QC, has issued an “unreserved and unequivocal” apology on behalf of the C, And, admitting that he had “failed terribly” to deal with institutional abuse.
But the survivors say questions remain about what senior figures in the church knew of Smyth. “If Carey should be resigned because of the Ball, not Welby to be discharged because of Smyth?” a survivor wrote in an email to the Guardian.
In March of last year, another independent review of the C And the handling of the case of “Joe”, has highlighted the “deeply disturbing” the failure of those in positions of importance to record or take action on his information in the course of nearly four decades. Among those, Joe tells the story of her abuse were the two men who currently serves as bishop.
Alan Wilson, bishop of Buckingham, has also said that the C of E had “made some progress with the safeguarding in recent years, there is still a long way to go to become a safe place”.
C And must “stop dragging your feet, be honest, take responsibility and become a leader in the area of sexual abuse, he said.
A C E spokesman said that the Gibb report “reveals attitudes that shame for the church in every way possible. The church has tightened its systems enormously, and considerable resources have been devoted to tackle the problem and to support survivors. This does not alleviate the terrible suffering of those who are affected, but does not show that we have begun to learn some lessons, if not there is still a long way to go.
“The report affirms the direction and the steps we have taken to improve the coherence, robustness and rigour of our practice, but progress has been too slow and we are committed to implementing all of the robust recommendations.”