Topic / Abuse

Church of England priest jailed for 12 years for abusing boys

Canon Terrence Grigg, 84, retired rector of St Mary’s Church, Cottingham near Hull, began a 12-year jail sentence this week after he was convicted of 12 indecent assaults and two other serious sex offences. The offences, according to this report, related to four young male victims, one of whom was just ten when Grigg began […]

‘Catholic Church is woefully incapable of policing itself’

That was the reaction of  lawyer Richard Scorer to a report published today about the ‘appalling’ abuse inflicted on pupils at two Catholic schools – Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset – over a period of 40 years. The report, published by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), exposes a shocking cover-up […]

Boys removed from ‘horrific’ Christian camp in Texas

Eight boys, ages 10 to 17, have been removed from the Joshua Home in Bertram, northwest of Austin, following an investigation into allegations of abuse, neglect, labour violations, fraud, licencing violations, and human trafficking. According to this report, the authorities believe the operator of the Joshua Home, Baptist minister Gary Wiggins, above, may have been using […]

Come Alive Church pastor gets 18 years for sex offences

Harry Thomas, 75, former pastor at the Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford, New Jersey who helped create the popular Creation music festivals, has been jailed for 18 years for sexually assaulting five young girls. According to this report, Thomas also faced an outpouring of anger and contempt from his victims and their loved ones […]

Decision to allow Carey back in the pulpit is to be reviewed

Last year Lord Carey, above, former Archbishop of Canterbury, resigned as honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Oxford after a damning review found that senior Church of England officials colluded with Peter Ball, who abused young men. But earlier this month survivors of clerical abuse were horrified to learn that the Bishop of Oxford, Dr Steven […]

Clerical abuse: another senior Catholic leaves in disgrace

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick – one of the most prominent members the American Catholic hierarchy – has resigned over allegations of sexual abuse. According to this report, Pope Francis has accepted his resignation. The 88-year-old retired Archbishop of Washington has been ordered to remain in a house “to be indicated” until the accusations against him are examined. […]

Mom objects to abused girl’s placement with a gay couple

A Wisconsin mother, Michaela Sousa , above, brutally abused her infant daughter in 2016. The child was subsequently placed in the care of  foster parents – two gay men. This week, at a sentencing hearing at Buffalo-Pepin County Circuit Court, Sousa voiced her objection to her daughter’s placement with the gay couple. She told judge James […]

North Carolina Baptist Church accused of years of child abuse

The arrest earlier this month of Jonathan Young, 34, a Sunday school teacher charged with 13 counts of sexually abusing children, has opened a floodgates of stories of abuse within the Firstborn Baptist Church in Benson, NC. According to this WRAL report former church members are stepping forward with harrowing stories about the church, which […]

Arrested: wife of Idaho pervert chose prayer over police action

Sarah Kester, 50, a member of the Followers of Christ Church, told police after her arrest last week that her religious beliefs prevented her from reporting her husband – Lester Kester Jr, 48 – to the police for sexually abusing their daughters. According to this report Lester Kester told detectives on July 11 that he […]

Pressure mounts on Pope to sack convicted archbishop

Anger is mounting in Australia over the refusal of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, 67, to resign after he was sentenced this week to a year’s detention for covering up clerical sex abuse – and pressure is being put on Pope Francis to sack him. According to this report, child sexual abuse survivor Peter Gogarty has […]