This event is organised by our friends, East London Humanists and you will need to click on the link below to register and get the Zoom details
Practically no major religion has been immune from child abuse. Our speaker this month, Keith Porteous Wood, is President of the National Secular Society. He, and the NSS, have been at the forefront of exposing and bringing religious institutions to account both here and internationally. Keith will describe the extent and causes of the problem, the institutional evasion, and the ongoing campaign to obtain justice for victims.
Free and open to all. Zoom room opens 19.10 for chatting and socialising. Event starts at 19.30.
Bishop Peter Ball, sentenced to 32 months in 2015 on numerous counts of indecent assault committed over a 15 year period.
The UK’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard how Prince Charles, the presumptive head of the Church of England, the then archbishop of Canterbury, and a senior member of the judiciary, had rallied to support Ball when he was first investigated in 1993. In a letter read out to the inquiry dated February 1995, two years after the bishop had accepted a police caution, Prince Charles wrote to Ball: “I wish I could do more. I feel so desperately strongly about the monstrous wrongs that have been done to you and the way you have been treated.”
Ball’s case is just one of countless examples of how religious organisations are prone to abuse and well-placed to cover it up. Those intent on abuse are attracted to organisations which give access to, and often extreme control over, young people and vulnerable adults. Organisations are often large enough to move a perpetrator whose abuse has been discovered to somewhere unaware of their reputation. The institutions generally also have standing, influence and connections that enable them to evade secular justice, often for decades.