MACSAS supports women and men who have been sexually abused, as children
or adults, by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church.
We support both Survivors who have remained within their Christian communities
and those who have left.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied!
Following the Jailing of 'Canon' Gordon Rideout for 10 years
one of his many survivors has spoken bravely out about the effect his actions had on her. It has been revealed that Rideout could have been brought to trial more than ten years ago. Despite the blame here being laid firmly with the Royal Military Police I think it is still very important to as what exactly did the Church know about Rideout's past.
I may have given the impression in my last message that the Church knew about all of Rideout's victims for a long time. It has been drawn to my attention that 9 of the survivors who gave evidence at the trial came forward as a result of reporting by the BBC over the past couple of years.
That having been said, it seems that in the cases of Roy Cotton, Colin Pritchard, Robert Coles and this case there was enough evidence to convict these men many years before they eventually faced justice. Victims have had to endure many more years of suffering and not being heard or believed than was necessary.