On the 13 and 14th of January 2020 the BBC aired “Exposed: The Church’s Darkest Secret”. The powerful two-part documentary explores the pursuit of Bishop Peter Ball by individuals determined to bring the sexual predator to justice.
Director and head of the child abuse department, David Greenwood, is one of those individuals who has unwaveringly pursued accountability from the Church for historical crimes relating to child sexual abuse. David, who represents a number of survivors of Church abuse, recently wrote a book entitled “Basically Innocent?” which shares “the facts behind the scandal of Bishop Peter Ball’s abuse of children and young men and how the establishment helped him get away with it”. All proceeds go to the Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS) and is available on Amazon (link above). David has also written a book entitled “Responding Badly: Church and Institutional Cover Up of Child Sex Abuse Allegations”. Again, this book is available on Amazon (link above) and all proceeds go to MACSAS.
Of course, whilst we wholly support the BBC’s coverage of this scandal, we must remember that for survivors this is a bleak reminder of what they went through and can trigger distressing reminders of past events. If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by the abuse of Bishop Peter Ball, or any other member of the Church, we would urge you to reach out to MACSAS on 08088 01 03 40 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Helpline is currently open on Saturdays from 9.00am – 11.30am and Wednesdays 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm.