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10/24/2014 Safeguards onlywork if used, sayvulnerable adults
The care of abused adults is also a key concern of the Church. Madeleine Davies
Safeguards only work if used, say vulnerable
IN JULY 2008, a 26-year-old woman complained to the Dean of Jersey, the Very Revd Robert
Key, that she had been subject to abusive behaviour by a churchwarden. Five years later, an
investigation into his handling of her complaint resulted in his suspension by the Bishop of
Winchester, the Rt Revd Tim Dakin. This led to claims of "constitutional crisis" in Jersey, and,
eventually, transfer of episcopal oversight for the island to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The facts of the case have been subject to extensive scrutiny and dispute. Both the Dean,
reinstated in April last year, and the woman have criticised that first investigation, carried out by
a psychotherapist, Jan Korris. In 2013, Bishop Dakin commissioned two more reviews of the
situation. The results of neither have been published after concerns about confidentiality and
What is agreed is that, three months after the 26-year-old arrived at a church in Jersey, a
churchwarden and his wife invited her to stay in their home.
"We took risks in our relationship with [the woman] but thought we were doing so under God's
calling," he later told the Dean.
According to the Korris report, within a few months, the woman had moved out and reported
"unwelcome and potentially abusive behaviour" to the Dean. Over the course of the next three
years, she also made complaints against the Dean, the safeguarding officer, and others, and
was eventually arrested for breaking a harassment order and deported from the island for
three years. She has since written a number of blog posts expressing her rage and hurt about
what she says was violation at the hands of the Church.
Whatever the conclusions of the unpublished reviews, her case raises important questions for
the Church about its care of vulnerable adults.
"In Korris, the lack of clear boundaries meant that violations could occur or be perceived to
occur," says Simon Bass, CEO of the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS),
which now extends its concern to adults.
"There is a need to look at how we provide guidance and policies that are practical enough,
and provide safety for all concerned - not just the person who may be a vulnerable adult, but
also those wanting to reach out."
Mr Bass can cite "lots of instances" of individuals' opening up their homes. "That is seen as an
act of Christian love; but when boundaries are muddled, harm can follow."
CCPAS has collected 3000 responses to an online survey about the care of vulnerable adults
in Christian communities. The research is being conducted in recognition of the fact that
churches are increasingly involved in ministries that bring them into contact with vulnerable
adults, including street pastoring, debt counselling, and running foodbanks. CCPAS is receiving
an increasing number of calls about this area.
by Madeleine Davies
Posted: 24 Oct 2014 @ 12:37
Way forward? An "authorised listener" should be appointed by each diocese.
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Dear Madelaine Davies, cc Bishop Paul Butler and others
Re the nonsense in the church times this morning,
Don't think I am joking.
I have taken Dakin and Welby to court, and your actions in maligning and defaming me over and over to make the church look good are not even slightly different from that.
You do not report my side of things,
including the fact that I was never given the harassment order claimed, and the reason I made complaints was that both the Dean and Safeguarding officer did not deal with my complaints, nor did the Bishop, and I fought for my complaint to be dealt with as my abuser remained unpunished and unashamed, supported by the Dean and church.
I am going to publicly take you to court, and am going to take the Archbishop and tdiocese of winchester back to court as a result of the whole matter continuing to wrongly portrayed.
Also, if you want to be rude and derogatory about my blog, include a link to it so people can decide for themselves. My blog is to tell my story as the church have omitted to either take my story or include it in any of their whitewash reports.
Don't go on using me in Bishop Butler's church glorification at the expense of victims campaign.
You fail in your article to point out that the man who abused me was a serial abuser, who was supposed to be under restrictions that the church failed to implement, and as a result he took me home, regressed me to childhood and sexually abused me, leaving me not only seriously damaged by the regresssion as my first childhood was horrific, but also sexually abused under such conditions and left me regressed and childlike, abandoning me as I raised concerns, and from there I had to deal with the Dean, who was a friend and supporter of the abuser who attended church services and aevents with him, and then as Korris says, I had to live through denial and blocking by the Bishop and Safeguarding officer, which, in the state I was in, and with terrible treatment by Jersey police, led to me collapsing in severe stress and hysterically trying to make the church do something as my abuser continued to work in the church with their full backing, and laugh when he saw me.
You also fail completely to tell of the farce that occured as a result of Bishop Dakin illegally suspending the Dean when he had no power to do so and then allowing the powerful clique in Jersey to hijack the reports that followed, allowing the Dean and his lawyer-judiciary-States member friends to take control of the reports.
I am very very tired of you cruelly and vindictively misrepresenting me and it completely invalidates the whole vain and empty aim of the article which is to self glorify the church by claiming they care about vulnerable adults. The trademark of Paul butler is spin to glorify the church at the expense of voiceless and vulnerable victims.
You yourself are consistently and viciously harming me on behalf of the Church of England by repeatedly misrepresenting and vilifying me, and you are harming me further each time, and damaging my recovery and my life. Please redact the article and apologize or I will take you to court.
My blog is there to tell my story, and you obviously do not wish to read it or understand my story before you launch into attacks on me that are read nationwide, and as you are representing the church, you are saying that the church are happy to go on harming vulnerable adults to the point of destroying them.
What I have suffered as a result of the actions of Safeguarding officer Jane Fisher can never ever be healed and I will live a broken person for the remainder of my life, and again, you fail to report that a serious formal complaint against her has been repeatedly ignored, which highlights the complete lack of regard that the church has for vulnerable adults, more so because she was allowed to illegally refer me to her friend John Cameron of the NSPCC of all charities! In an attempt to force help me on me so that the Bishop could do a press release claiming he had helped me.
Now that duplicity is the real church of england, the real way they work and not the spin that you and Paul Butler use to portray them.
It is to stop, and you are to apologise in your paper or I will be taking you to court. I took the huge and corrupt corporation that is the church of England to court, you are no better and no difference as you continue to vilify and seriously harm me on their behalf
Please be aware and print to counter your nonsense that the church of england have ignored my side of things, not included my side in any report and are therefore wasting their time self-glorifying by claiming to care about vulnerable adults, they do not.
To put it bluntly we are considered by the mainly wealthy and elderly subscribers to the church of england to be an underclass, less than them and at most, there to be used, as I repreatedly have been during episodes of sexual abuse in the church that destroyed me, and it remains that though you vilify me publicly to thousands, I built my life myself out of the ashes of a horrific childhood, and I had never been in police trouble until, while in Jersey, regressed and traumatized, the police punished me for reporting my abuser by beating me and throwing me in a cell the day they told me the results of the investigation, and it went on from there, with me having no understanding of the police action and no appropriate adult to explain.
And who was overseeing the police? Ian LeMarquand, church reader/home affairs minster/friend of the abuser.
I think the church times need to look at and hear the facts, the ones the Diocese and Archbishop have overlooked and omitted from all reports.
While safeguarding officer Jane Fisher refused to act, telling me my abuser was 'a Christian who got things wrong' despite her knowledge that he had been accused and warned previously, which I didn't know because the church neither told me nor implemented the controls put over the man to stop him abusing within the church again.
How dare you vilify me without including my side, what a dreadful example of how self-serving and unChristian the church and the Church times are.
Please make the churchy aware that allowing the article you have produced is a breach of the legal action and will be taken up.
Please also note that you are completely failing with regards to good journalism because you are printing a one sided and defamatory story against someone vulnerable.
It is time at very least that you answer to the Press Complaints comission, you and the rest of the church times, who have ignored my letters but have printed defamatory and misleading rubbish from lawyer-clergy who support the Dean, such as Gavin Ashenden who slurred me as insane when I am proved not, you and the church both have no understanding of vulnerable adults and the harm that ongoing persistent defamation that omits the real story can do to them.
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