Sexual Abuse Prevalent In Institutions Across Major UK Religions

Sexual Abuse Prevalent In Institutions Across Major UK Religions

Content Warning: This post contains content such as Child Sexual Abuse, Paedophilia, and Abuse by Clergy/Priests, which some might find distressing.

The Independent Inquiry in Child Abuse report

The Independent Inquiry in Child Abuse report was released on Thursday which courted quite a bit of media attention in the UK. The report looked at the unacceptable level of child abuse in the within religious organisations in the UK. It said that there are “shocking failings” and “blatant hypocrisy” in the way major UK religious groups handle child sex abuse allegations.

Reports into sexual abuse in the church

The report examined evidence from 38 religious groups with the UK including Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and non-conformist Christian denominations.

In this episode of our Video Podcast we looked at the way religious institutions cover up this abuse and how that has enabled child abuse to be perpetuated just to protect the image of those religious institutions. We welcome comments and any information you have regarding these issues.

The Atheism UK Podcast

We discuss the report and our position on the complicity of the church in our Atheism UK Podcast. 

Links

The FULL report can be found on The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse website
Here is a link that goes directly to the report: The Report: FULL REPORT [pdf]

Recovering from Religion: Click Here To Visit Site
This is a great organisation that can help if you have been affected by religion. They have contacts within the UK 

Interviews with Dr Darrel Ray from Recovering from Religion:
Interview with Andy Phillips: On YouTube
 Interview With John Richards: On YouTube

Atheism UK Website: www.atheismuk.com

Media:
BBC News: Online Article
Sky News: Online Article

Andy

Andy Phillips is a Author, Musician, Blogger, Podcaster and a lifelong Atheist. He has held the position of European Director at Atheist Alliance International and is on the board of Atheism UK