Category Archives: Safeguarding

Annie’s Story – “I Did My Best to Conform, But…”

by Annie, a victim of abuse who found succour in the charismatic church – where she was subjected to even more abuse…. My childhood and teenage years were marked by abuse and chaos, and when I discovered Christian faith in … Continue reading

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Peter’s Story – Conditioning Causes Shame & Self-Hatred

by Peter (a pseudonym), a survivor of conversion therapy  Why do people seek out Conversion Therapy and prayer/deliverance ministries? For me, I did because I thought it could ‘correct’ my sexuality. It is only with hindsight that I now know … Continue reading

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Yve’s Story – “I Felt Set Up To Fail”

by Yve, who has experienced both the very worst and the very best of the Church of England. I first knew something was different about me when I was six, and first started wearing my mum’s clothes. From that moment … Continue reading

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Steven’s Story – “I felt I had no option but to make a formal complaint to the Garda”

by Steven Smyrl, a married gay former elder in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland I was ordained an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) in 2007. The PCI is the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland, and also … Continue reading

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Jaime’s Story – “They had absolutely no idea what to do with me”

by Jaime Sommers, a bisexual 50 year old woman whose story of abuse by the Church of England will shock many My name is Jaime and I am 50 years old. I have been dual-attracted to both men and women … Continue reading

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Rachel’s Story – I Don’t Want to Be Part of An Institution that Allows Abuse

by Rachel, a 30 something Christian, hockey player and lesbian whose experience in an HTB plant has seriously damaged her faith.  My name is Rachel and I am a 30 something hockey player, Christian, theatre-goer and lesbian. I came out … Continue reading

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Lesbians, Sex and the Church of England

by Jayne Ozanne, Editor of ViaMedia.News, Director of the Ozanne Foundation and Member of General Synod I could see that the bishop was going red, and as he did so nervous giggles spread across the Synod Chamber.  I stood, pan … Continue reading

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Is God Inhuman?

by the Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s and Vice Chair of the Ozanne Foundation I’ve been reading Bill Bryson’s book The Body. It’s a fascinating read about the wonders of the human body and how much … Continue reading

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Why Don’t You Just Leave?!

by Jayne Ozanne, Editor of Via Media, Member of Synod and Director of the Ozanne Foundation “Why don’ you just leave the Church of England?” It’s the question I’m repeatedly asked by my non-church LGBT friends and allies after the … Continue reading

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Independence & Safeguarding: Marking Our Own Homework?

by Prof Helen King, Professor Emerita in Classical Studies at The Open University and member of Living in Love and Faith project The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) issued its final report on the Church of England last … Continue reading

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