‘I’m both a bishop, but also a survivor’: Anglican church leader reveals he was groomed and sexually abused by senior clergymen as a teenager

Daily Mail


An Anglican bishop has revealed he was victim of sexual abuse at the hands of members of his own church denomination.

The revelations of Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson come after a diocese apology for the way the church had treated abuse victims.

Bishop Thompson said as a 19-year-old he was targetted by an Anglican bishop and senior clergyman in the 1970s and later sexually abused, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

On Sunday a formal apology from the Newcastle Diocese was made in which it admitted it actively discouraged those who reported abuse, the ABC reported.

Earlier this year Bishop Thompson also apologised for cover-ups by the church and the manner in which it dealt with child sex abuse reports.

He told the Sydney Morning Herald the bishop and clergyman, now both dead, ‘made him feel special’ and manipulated his faith to cover for their abuse of him.

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