BBC Inside Out: Peter Ball Sex Abuse Cover Up

A BBC Inside Out special featuring Phil Johnson from MACSAS looking into the Church of England cover up surrounding more than two decades of abuse by the former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball.

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

This website offers many useful resources.

We also offer a telephone and email helpline for victims and survivors of Minister and Clergy sexual abuse – and for relatives of victims and survivors.

The Helpline is currently open on Saturdays from 9.00am – 11.00am and Wednesdays 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm.

We are happy to help as far as we are able.




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8 responses to “BBC Inside Out: Peter Ball Sex Abuse Cover Up

  1. Aardvark

    Justice came far too late for Neil Todd, how dare the establishment cover up and let these abusers carry on, ruining young peoples lives, when they know what the likes of Ball are doing is so morally wrong. Again, Ball did not operate alone, there were many other abusers in the Church network and the very brave Survivors are right, the whole of the Church establishment needs cleaning out. Infact every institution in the UK is rife with abuse, nepotism and corruption and needs a complete overhaul.

  2. IWTT

    I have written to The Attorney General to suggest that a 32 month custodial sentence for Peter Ball is unduly lenient. He will only ever serve 16 months of that.

    Please will you share the link to a draft email to the Attorney General which others can copy/amend and send.

    Thank you.

    • Sabre

      I agree with you, the trial judge is a lunatic, empathy is not a quality possessed by a serial sexual offender. The ‘good work’ in the church is an aggravating feature of the offence and not a mitigating factor, the ‘good’ work was nothing more than a cynical exercise in camouflage.

    • Aardvark

      Brilliantly composed letter, I will share the link.

  3. tdf


    The sentence does seem lenient. What mitigation was allowed by the judge, do you know?


  4. tdf

    Ah, I see the reasons for mitigation are mentioned in your link. Thanks.

  5. Teresa

    MASCAS didnt want to help with Kendall House which is Church of England abuse. Questions need to be asked about the KH legals of which one is involved in MACSAS.