The Shameful Truth


The above is a short yet powerful documentary in which award winning BBC
Home Affairs Correspondent Colin Campbell speaks with victims of predatory paedophile
priests in the Diocese of Chichester about the unimaginable damage caused, not only by
the initial abuse, but also by the Church's continued failings and cover-ups.
11m25s - Originally aired on the BBC on February 13th 2012

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Butler-Sloss Finally Quits Inquiry
3m43s - Originally aired July 14th 2014

After mounting pressure from victims and survivors, retired judge Baroness Butler-Sloss has stepped down as head of a probe into child sex abuse saying she was "not the right person" for the job.

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Butler-Sloss Gives Into Pressure
3m29s - Originally aired July 14th 2014

Retired judge Baroness Butler-Sloss has stepped down as head of a probe into child sex abuse saying she was "not the right person" for the job.

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Bishop Ball Faces More Charges
0m35s - Originally aired July 14th 2014

Bishop Peter Ball, 82, faces further indecent assault allegations on an under 16-year-old between 1984 and 1985 and a man over 16 between 1990 and 1991.

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Archbishop Expects More Victims
1m10s - Originally aired July 13th 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has warned that fresh allegations of child sex abuse against the Church of England are likely to surface and says that 'it's something I deal with every day'.

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Esther Rantzen joins calls against Butler-Sloss
2m41s - Originally aired July 13th 2014

Esther Rantzen, the founder of ChildLine, has added her voice to those who think that Baroness Butler-Sloss may be the wrong person to lead an inquiry into how the government handled allegations of child abuse by senior politicians in the 1980s.

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Butler-Sloss Wrong for Inquiry
5m29s - Originally aired July 10th 2014

Baroness Butler-Sloss wanted to exclude allegations of abuse at the hands of a bishop from a prior inquiry she chaired because she "cared about the church" and "did not want to give the press a bishop", says an abuse victim.

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Abuse Report Suppressed for Ten Years
3m18s - Originally aired July 8th 2014

A key report on child abuse within the diocese of Chichester has finally been published more than a decade after it was written, after sustained pressure from victims.

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Bishop Peter Ball Absent at Court Hearing
0m28s - Originally aired April 10th 2014

A court has been told a retired Anglican bishop is too unwell to appear in person to answer allegations of sex offences dating back to the 1970s.

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Bishop Peter Ball to Face Abuse Charges
2m23s - Originally aired March 28th 2014

Retired Church of England Bishop Peter Ball, 82, is to be charged with indecently assaulting a boy aged 12 or 13, a man aged 19 or 20, and with Misconduct in a Public Office between 1977 and 1992.

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Keith Wilkie Denford Banned for Life
0m24s - Originally aired March 27th 2014

Keith Wilkie Denford, of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex who was jailed for 18 months for abusing teenage boys has been banned from ministerial practice for life.

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Sex Abuse Priest Gordon Rideout's Release Bid Rejected
0m26s - Originally aired February 28th 2014

Canon Gordon Rideout, jailed for 10 years in May for 36 separate sex offences against children has had his application for release from prison on compassionate grounds rejected.

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Canon Gordon Rideout Applies for 'Compassionate' Early Release
3m26s - Originally aired February 10th 2014

Canon Gordon Rideout, just eight months into serving his ten year sentence for systematically sexually abusing vulnerable children, some as long as fifty years ago, cynically attempts to secure his early release on 'compassionate' grounds.

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Sussex Priest Christopher Howarth Faces 24 Sex Charges
0m27s - Originally aired February 7th 2014

East Sussex Priest Christopher Howarth is charged with 24 offences including sexual assault against boys between 2004 and 2012.

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Priest Vickery House Charged with Sex Offences
0m29s - Originally aired January 28th 2014

Retired Sussex Church of England priest Vickery house, 68, has been charged with historic sex offences against boys and young men dating back over 40 years.

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Eastbourne Priest Jonathan Graves Arrested
1m54s - Originally aired December 3rd 2013

Father Jonathan Graves earlier this morning for acts of child sex abuse and cruelty against a twelve year old boy in 1988 and 1989.

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Abuse Survivor Rejects Payout
4m02s - Originally aired October 24th 2013

A victim of convicted abuser Robert Coles has rejected a proposed six-figure payout from the Church of England.

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Inside Out: Brian's Story
17m07s - Originally aired September 9th 2013

In this Inside Out special, Colin Campbell reports on Brian, who was sexually abused as a child by Church of England priest Roy Cotton, as he confronts his past and attempts to reconnect with the family he never had.

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Archbishop Will Support Calls For Public Inquiry
2m34s - Originally aired July 8th 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby appears to support a full Public Inquiry saying of survivors calling for such an inquiry: 'What they want they will get'.

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General Synod Unanimous Abuse Apology
1m53s - Originally aired July 7th 2013

As the BBC's exhaustive investigations and reports finally gain wider attention, Sky News covers the members of the General Synod unanimously backing an apology for past child abuse.

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Church of England makes Chichester Abuse Apology
2m33s - Originally aired July 7th 2013

National BBC report into the Church of England's formal apology for past child abuse by Anglican priests and its own "serious failure" to prevent it.

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Archbishop Apology Expected
2m38s - Originally aired July 4th 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is expected to make an unprecedented apology for a lack of action surrounding child sex abuse by priests in churches throughout the Diocese of Chichester.

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Rideout Could Have Been Tried Ten Years Ago
3m08s - Originally aired May 28th 2013

It has been revealed that Canon Gordon Rideout, recently jailed for ten years, could have been brought to trial more than a decade ago.

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Rideout Victim Speaks Out
3m05s - Originally aired May 21st 2013

A woman from Kent who was abused as a child by Canon Gordon Rideout has said she wants him to be stripped of his title and his pension.

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Abuser Canon Rideout Jailed for 10 Years
8m59s - Originally aired May 20th 2013

Canon Gordon Rideout, a serial paedophile priest who abused both girls and boys throughout the 1960s and 70s has been jailed for ten years after being found guilty of thirty-six separate sex offences.

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Bishop Benn CDM Complaints Dismissed
4m07s - Originally aired May 14th 2013

Official complaints made by the Diocese of Chichester's Safeguarding Advisor against former Bishop of Lewes Wallace Benn have been dismissed, despite him not informing Police after paedophile priest Robert Coles informed him he was an abuser. Some were dismissed on technicalities.

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Denford and Mytton Sentenced
2m39s - Originally aired May 9th 2013

BBC report into the jailing of Father Keith Wilkie Denford for indecent assault against two boys in the late 1980s and 1990s. Church organist Michael/Mark Mytton was given a suspended nine-month jail term for indecently assaulting a third boy.

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Visitation Final Report Published
2m36s - Originally aired May 3rd 2013

After their Interim Report last August, Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC publish their Final Visitation Report, warning there may still be abusers who have gone undetected.

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Deception and CoverUp Acknowledged
6m30s - Originally aired April 23rd 2013

In a letter to a victim of clergy abuse, Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner acknowledges that there has been both deception and cover-up within the Diocese of Chichester. He also writes that there has been "ineptitude and irresponsible lack of professionalism".

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Rideout Trial Begins for 37 Sex Attacks
2m0s - Originally aired April 9th 2013

Retired Anglican priest Gordon Rideout is accused of 37 sex attacks against children Lewes Crown Court has heard. Thirty two of the charges relate to his time as an assistant curate in Crawley, when he would visit a West Sussex children's home.

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Denford and Mytton Guilty
3m24s - Originally aired April 5th 2013

BBC report into the guilty verdicts of former Church of England and Diocese of Chichester priest Keith Wilkie Denford and organist Michaell/Mark Mytton who were found guilty of sexual offences against boys. Mytton was shown to have had a prior conviction for child sexual abuse.

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Archbishop Welby Speaks on Abuse Crisis
3m53s - Originally aired March 19th 2013

Incoming Archbishop Justin Welby speaks publicly of the suffering of abuse victims after decades of abuse at the hands of priests in the Diocese of Chichester.

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Sussex Priest Denford Trial Begins
1m28s - Originally aired March 13th 2013

A BBC report into the commencement of the trial of Sussex priest Father Keith Wilkie Denford and Organist Michael Mytton for the sexual abuse of young boys in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Robert Coles Held Illegal Services
2m38s - Originally aired March 12th 2013

The Diocese of Chichester's confirs that retired Church of England Priest Robert Coles, jailed for abusing three boys, held over one hundred services illegally after admitting his guilt to Diocesan authorities and being investigated by Police for child abuse in 1997.

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Wallace Benn Responds After Conviction
2m22s - Originally aired February 15th 2013

Former Bishop of Lewes, Wallace Benn issues a statement after the conviction of Robert Coles, a priest he knew to have abused boys in his care. In it he admits to never contacting the Police, but details how he informed the safeguarding advisor and the then Archbishop.

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Archbishop Appalled By Church Failings
4m09s - Originally aired February 15th 2013

The recently appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev Justin Welby apologises for 'betrayals and failings' in the Church's handling of child abuse allegations after it emerged that senior clergy failed to notify Police of a known paedophile priest in the Diocese of Chichester.

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Retired Priest Robert Coles Pleads Guilty
0m26s - Originally aired December 14th 2012

71 year old retired priest Robert Coles of Upperton Road in Eastbourne appeared at Chichester Crown Court today charged with sexual offences against boys during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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Seven More Victims of Bishop Peter Ball and Three More of Vickery House
1m50s - Originally aired November 15th 2012

BBC News report into the numerous victims who have come forward since Tuesday's arrest of Bishop Peter Ball and priest Vickery House.

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Breaking News Report Into Further Victims
1m58s - Originally aired November 15th 2012

Breaking news report on the BBC highlighting a further ten more victims of Peter Ball and Vickery House who have come forward in the 48 hours since their arrests.

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Bishop Peter Ball Arrested on Eight Counts of Sexual Abuse
3m03s - Originally aired November 13th 2012

Former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester and close personal friend of Prince Charles The Right Reverend Peter Ball has been arrested on suspicion of abusing eight boys and men in the 1980s and 1990s, with one victim as young as 12.

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Two Church of England Clergy Arrested
1m58s - Originally aired November 13th 2012

Bishop Peter Ball, 80, a former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester and retired Church of England priest Vickery House, 67, were arrested on suspicion of sexual offences involving teenage boys and young men in East Sussex throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

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Former Children's Minister Wants More Comprehensive Abuse Inquiry
4m46s - Originally aired November 7th 2012

Former Children's Minister and current Member of Parliament for East Worthing, Tim Loughton has urged the government to include the Diocese of Chichester and the wider Anglican Church in its recently established inquiry into child sex abuse.

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Canon Gordon Rideout to Stand Trial
0m28s - Originally aired October 19th 2012

Retired Church of England Canon Gordon Rideout is to stand trial for 38 sexual offences against 18 children and young teenagers. Attempts were made by Bishop Wallace Benn to obstruct the Criminal Records Bureau checks into the Canon, who until earlier this year was still a Governor at Bishop Bell School.

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Bishop Wallace Benn Steps Down
3m47s - Originally aired October 18th 2012

An embattled Wallace Benn steps down as Bishop of Lewes while still under a Clergy Discipline Measure concerning his involvement in coverups of sexual abuse within the Diocese of Chichester.

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Children Unsafe in Chichester Diocese
5m29s - Originally aired September 11th 2012

Obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, letters to and from the Archbishop of Canterbury reveal that Director of Children's Services for East Sussex County Council believes children are unsafe when in the care of the Diocese of Chichester.

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Local Government Loses Confidence in the Diocese of Chichester
3m27s - Originally aired September 2nd 2012

Director of Children's Services for East Sussex has lost confidence in the Diocese of Chichester's ability to police itself. Meanwhile, the new Bishop of Lewes acknowledges he is ashamed over the abuse, but asserts, quite wrongly, that it's all in the past.

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Diocese of Chichester's 'Profoundly Negative Culture' Surrounding Abuse
7m17s - Originally aired August 30th 2012

Extended report into the condemnation by the Archbishop of Canterbury of the Diocese of Chichester's decades of abuse failings. He is to immediately take control of clergy hiring and vetting, along with all abuse claims in the Diocese.

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Archbishop Condemns 'Appauling' Diocese of Chichester
2m59s - Originally aired August 30th 2012

Describing the "profoundly negative culture" within the Diocese of Chichester which led to two decades of child protection 'failures', the Archbishop of Canterbury publishes 'fresh and disturbing' aspects of the way abuse continues to be handled.

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Bishop Wallace Benn Delayed Criminal Checks
4m37s - Originally aired August 14th 2012

A BBC report into Bishop of Lewes Wallace Benn's attempts to prevent Canon Gordon Rideout's Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check - which details allegations of child sex abuse - being dealt with properly.

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Over 100 Diocese of Chichester Priests Suspended
3m37s - Originally aired July 3rd 2012

The Diocese of Chichester suspend more than one hundred Anglican priests in Sussex due to not ever having had, or not having had Criminal Records Bureau checks completed within the last five years.

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Canon Gordon Rideout Charged
2m26s - Originally aired June 27th 2012

A BBC report covering the formal police charging of Canon Gordon Rideout for thirty eight counts of sexual offences against eighteen children.

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Abuse Bishop Peter Ball investigated
5m00s - Originally aired May 28th 2012

A BBC report detailing the investigation into friend of paedophile priest Roy Cotton and former Sussex Bishop Peter Ball who resigned in disgrace in 1993 after admitting and accepting a Police caution for acts of gross indecency against a seventeen year old trainee monk.

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Abuse Victim Guilty of Murder
4m04s - Originally aired May 11th 2012

Eventually acquitted for the murder of his abuser Ronald Glazebrook, Christopher Hunnisett went on to target othershe believed were paedophiles. Important to be viewed in context with a prior broadcast from 2010:
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Sussex Priest and Organist Charged
2m01s - Originally aired May 8th 2012

Semi-retired Father Keith Wilkie Denford and former church organist Michael Mytton are formally charged with offences related to the sexual assault of two boys in the 1980s, following their arrest last November.

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Warner Appointed John Hind's Replacement
3m25s - Originally aired May 3rd 2012

After years of significant safeguarding failings were exposed, Martin Warner is announced as a replacement to the former Bishop of Chichester John Hind who retired early during continuing investigations into the actions and inactions of the hierarchy in the Diocese of Chichester.

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Sex Abuse Alliance Demands Public Inquiry
3m22s - Originally aired April 20th 2012

Anglican and Catholic churches have lost the right to police themselves, say victims:
"The church cannot be trusted to investigate itself. We need honesty, transparency and clear external oversight. And we will get that only with a fully independent public inquiry."

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Canon Rearrested Over New Abuse Allegations
33s - Originally aired April 17th 2012

Retired Anglican priest Gordon Rideout who was bailed on suspicion of child sex abuse in March has been rearrested over four fresh allegations...

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Sex Abuse Probe Priest Remained School Governor
3m38s - Originally aired March 15th 2012

Canon Gordon Rideout remained a governor of Bishop Bell Church of England School for more than a year after prior arrests and claims of child sex abuse against him came to light...

Play video Canon and Priest Arrested by Sussex Police in Abuse Cases
5m37s - Originally aired March 6th 2012

Sussex Police arrest Canon Gordon Rideout and Father Robert Coles simultaneously in an operation stemming from material uncovered and passed to the Police during the Butler-Sloss inquiry into significant safeguarding failings by the Diocese of Chichester...
Play video Church of England Unreserved National Abuse Apology
2m10s - Originally aired February 29th 2012

The Church of England issues an unreserved National apology for mistakes which led to the 1966 ordination of paedophile priest Roy Cotton despite four former Bishops and a former Archbishop of Canterbury knowing he had a conviction for abusing a choirboy.
Play video Diocese of Chichester Priest arrested
2m32s - Originally aired January24th 2012

BBC report into the November 2011 arrest of a 76 year old Church of England priest and a 68 year old church organist on suspicion of sexually abusing two young boys at various locations in Sussex during 1988.
Play video Call for Public Inquiry published in The Times
2m11s - Originally aired January 17th 2012

BBC report into a letter from a group of solicitors calling for a public inquiry into abuse within the church, published in The Times on January 17th 2012. Tracey Emmott, representing seven victims of Diocese of Chichester priest Roy Cotton explains the need for such an inquiry.
Play video Archbishop of Canterbury Launches Chichester Child Protection Inquiry
3m05s - Originally aired December 22nd 2011

BBC coverage of the Archbishop of Canterbury's launching of another inquiry into the Diocese of Chichester's Child Protection practices. Conspicuously absent from the remit of this internal inquiry is any mention of past victims or historic cases. This will be the fourth inquiry into the Diocese of Chichester...
Play video Official Misconduct Complaint against Bishop Wallace Benn
2m15s - Originally aired November 10th 2011

The safeguarding advisory group to the Diocese of Chichester has made an official complaint to the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace in the form an official clergy discipline measure (CDM), regarding his handling of paedophile priests and the misinformation he provided the inquiries that followed.
Play video Bishop Wallace Benn Serious Misconduct Allegations
3m52s - Originally aired November 3rd 2011

The safeguarding advisory group to the Diocese of Chichester has written to Lambeth Palace stating its intention of making a complaint in the form an official clergy discipline measure (CDM), regarding his handling of paedophile priests and the misinformation he provided the inquiries that followed.
Play video Diocese of Chichester Denies Abuse Cover-Up
4m20s - Originally aired July 19th 2011

BBC report into the newest investigation into the source of misinformation that found its way into the Butler-Sloss Inquiry commissioned to investigate the findings of the Meekings Report originally established to investigate the failings of the Diocese of Chichester surrounding cases of paedophile Priests in Sussex.
Play video Colin Campbell Interviews Archdeacon Philip Jones
2m00s - Originally aired July 19th 2011

Lewes and Hastings Archdeacon, the Venerable Philip Jones attempts to defend the discredited Butler-Sloss Inquiry, repeatedly insisting there has been no cover-up, in an interview with the BBC's Colin Campbell.
Play video Diocese of Chichester and Butler-Sloss Abuse Inquiry Inaccuracies
7m58s - Originally aired July 13th 2011

The BBC's Colin Campbell investigates serious errors, inaccuracies and falsehoods in the Butler-Sloss inquiry, including alarmingly incorrect information provided to the Baroness by sitting Bishops.
Play video Bishop John Hind Early Retirement Announcement
2m57s - Originally aired July 7th 2011

Following his apology to the victims of sexual abuse for the failings of his Diocese, Bishop John Hind announces his early retirement.
Play video Joint Bishops' Abuse Apology
3m20s - Originally aired June 9th 2011

BBC report on the joint apology of Bishop of Chichester John Hind and Bishop of Lewes Wallace Benn for their personal failures in protecting children from convicted child abuser Rev Roy Cotton and paedophile priest Colin Pritchard.
Play video 1966 Archbishop Allowed Convicted Child Abuser to be Ordained
4m50s - Originally aired May 27th 2011

BBC report detailing the institutional failings of the Diocese of Chichester surrounding the ordination of paedophile priest Roy Cotton, highlighting the fact that the then Archbishop of Canterbury allowed Cotton, a previously convicted child abuser from the 1950s to be ordained in 1966.
Play video Institutional Protection Failings of the Diocese of Chichester
11m07s - Originally aired May 26th 2011

BBC report announcing the publishing of both the Butler-Sloss report and the Meekings report detailing the institutional failings of the Diocese of Chichester surrounding paedophile priests Roy Cotton and Colin Pritchard, including the fact that the then Archbishop of Canterbury allowed Cotton...
Play video Victims Criticise Church of England Safeguarding Failings
6m21 - Originally aired May 11th 2011

BBC report in which two Eastbourne brothers waive their right to anonymity to criticise the Church of England's failure to protect them. Includes comments from Anne Lawrence from MACSAS - the Ministry and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors group. UK Helpline: 08088 01 03 04
Play video Bishop Apologises to Abuse Victims
8m01s - Originally aired March 1st 2011

BBC report covering the rare, if not unprecedented apology by the Bishop of Chichester to two victims of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of Roy Cotton.
Play video Butler-Sloss Inquiry into Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding Failings
4m45s - Originally aired December 14th 2010

BBC report covering the launching of the 'Butler-Sloss' Inquiry into the safeguarding failings by the Diocese of Chichester, and to assess the value of the findings of the previously conducted confidential 'Meekings Report'.
Play video Church of England Paedophile Priest Victims
4m28s - Originally aired October 29th 2010

BBC News report into victims of Roy Cotton.
Play video Church of England Safeguarding Failings
7m40s - Originally aired October 21st 2010

BBC News report into continued safeguarding failings by the Church of England.
Play video Sussex Paedophile Priest Ronald Glazebrook
4m41s - Originally aired September 28th 2010

BBC News report into Ronald Glazebrook.
Play video Church of England Paedophile Priest Convicted
1m50s - Originally aired July 29th 2008

BBC report into the conviction of paedophile vicar Collin Pritchard. Video contains part of an interview with one of his victims.
Play video Paedophile Vicar Collin Pritchard Convicted
2m57s - Originally aired July 29th 2008

BBC report into the conviction of paedophile vicar Collin Pritchard. Video contains part of an interview with one of his victims.

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If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the church
please contact the Police by telephoning 999 in the UK or 911 in the US

If you would like to support the growing call for a full public inquiry please visit
S C C A - Stop Church Child Abuse - stopchurchchildabuse.co.uk

For support in the UK, please call the MACSAS Helpline on: 0808 801 0340
Lines manned Tuesday: 2-5pm, Wednesday: 6-9pm and Thursday: 6-9pm
M A C S A S - Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors - macsas.org.uk

For support in the US, please call SNAP on 1-877-SNAP-HEALS (1-877-762-7432)
or write to SNAP, P.O. Box 6416, Chicagio, IL 60680-6416
S N A P - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - snapnetwork.org