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Church of England failed to protect children from sexual predators

Church of England failed to protect children from sexual predators

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said Tuesday that the Church of England failed to protect children from sex abusers in order to protect its reputation.

Numerous outlets have the story including Reuters:

“Over many decades, the Church of England failed to protect children and young people from sexual abusers, instead facilitating a culture where perpetrators could hide and victims faced barriers to disclosure that many could not overcome,” Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the inquiry, said.

The primary concern of many senior clergy was to uphold the Church’s reputation, the inquiry said. Senior clergy often declined to report allegations to the appropriate agencies and hindered criminal investigations, allowing some abusers to escape justice.

Thinking Anglicans has links to the report, the response of the Church of England and more here and here.

 

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