Church was ‘cruel and sadistic’ in its response to sexual abuse, victim of disgraced bishop says


July 23, 2018

By Tom Embury-Dennis

Reverend Graham Sawyer says treatment he suffered at hands of Peter Ball paled in comparison to reaction from officials

A vicar who was sexually abused as a teenager by a disgraced bishop said he was met with “cruel and sadistic” treatment when he dared to speak out about his experience.

Reverend Graham Sawyer said the abuse he suffered at the hands of Peter Ball paled in comparison to the reaction from officials in the Church of England.

He told an inquiry that the church must stop its “ecclesiastical protection racket”, in which he said people rally round to protect the church’s reputation above the interests of the individual.

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