CHURCH OF ENGLAND FAILED TO PROTECT MINORS FROM ABUSE
The Church of England has failed to protect children from sexual abuse and has prioritized instead, the clergy's reputation. This was revealed a new independent report published in The Telegraph and other British newspapers.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s (IICSA) report into the Anglican Church highlights that between the 1940s and 2018, about 390 people who were members of the clergy or other confidential roles associated with the church have been prosecuted for sexual abuse of minors.
The report indicates that between 2003 and 2018, the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office, which provides insurance for the largest proportion of the Church of England bodies, has managed 217 claims relating to child sexual abuse within the institution. However, out of 217 claims, only one resulted in a trial.
"The Church of England failed to protect some children and young people from sexual predators within their midst. In the past, the system of child protection was under-resourced," the report concluded, according to teleSUR. "Safeguarding personnel was at times ignored, and their advice overlooked, in favor of protecting the reputation of clergy and the Church. During the Inquiry’s hearings, senior leaders in the Church apologized for its actions, recognizing that failings identified by this investigation and other reviews were "profoundly and deeply shocking," the researchers added