Clerical abuse: Vile Eastbourne evangelist urged victim to zip her lip
IAN Jackson, a Christian preacher from Eastbourne in East Sussex, describes himself on an evangelical website called Life Eternal as:
A respected and able teacher of God’s Word, and has a particular gift in ministering to young adults.
He’s also a thoroughly obnoxious specimen who urged a victim of sexual abuse not to report the man responsible to the police because of the damage it would do to the church.
Ian Jackson told Lina Barnes he would not support her if she reported that fellow Gospel Hall Brethren preacher Allan Cundick assaulted her when she was 12.
According to the BBC:
He was only concerned for her progress.
Last year, Barnes, 33, told Jackson she planned to report Cundick to the police. But the Christian crackpot was only interested in protecting the church.
In an email response, Jackson told her:
I am not prepared to give you any support in relation to the involvement of the police and court proceedings. I think it is a wrong decision that you have made.
There is a better way. ‘Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.’
In his email, he said to me it was important that Christians keep the testimony of the Church and therefore protect the institution.
Jackson said in the email:
In a day when every opportunity is being taken by the enemies of the gospel to deride it, it would in my view be very regrettable for dirty linen to be in the public arena. I urge you to have regard to testimony.
I’d confided a lot in Ian Jackson about what I had suffered and here was this man now telling me that I just had to be merciful to my abuser, not to involve the police, and it just caused a lot of hurt, a lot of heartache.
Cundick, from the Woking area of Surrey, received a police caution in June 2011 and was placed on the sex offenders register for two years. Surrey Police confirmed a 75-year-old man received a police caution last year following an investigation into a report of an indecent assault which happened in the Woking area in the 1990s.
A statement from the force said the man was also required to register as a sex offender and was disqualified from working with children.
Allegations made against any individuals will be investigated thoroughly, whether they are current or historic, and we encourage anyone who has concerns about potential sexual abuse to contact us.
Hat tip: Martyn Hughes and BarrieJohn