UK - SNAP applauds “broad investigation” into Diocese of Chicester
This investigation is a huge step in the right direction. Too often, those with positions of authority within the church are able to avoid punishment for their crimes. We are grateful to police and prosecutors for their years-long effort to investigate these crimes and to apprehend those responsible.
It is rare for church officials in authority positions (like Bishop Peter Ball) to be arrested, so the fact that he has been shows us that secular officials are taking these crimes very seriously.
According to The Guardian, three more sex abuse cases against the Diocese of Chicester are set to be heard in the coming months. Now, more than ever, those who may have seen or suspected crimes within this diocese must come forward and make a report to police. A seemingly small bit of information may turn out to be the difference in any one of these cases.