Jersey Child Abuse Disaster:
The Church Hoves into View.
It was only ever a matter of time.
Earlier today a reader posted the following comment, after some similar correspondence on my comments section:
“Re the Anglican church!
I am only mentioning the Anglican Church, and in particular one `Vice Dean’ (who by the way was also a member of the States of Jersey elite), as I know for `fact’ that he raped and sexually assaulted Island children!
Similarly, I am now of the belief that he was part of a much wider paedophile ring!”
Yes – I know precisely what this commenter is referring to.
Would I be right in thinking it is the Reverend Peter Manton?
Sometime Vice-Dean of Jersey?
Then a Senator in the States of Jersey, the island’s parliament – who had to be ushered out of his seat early because of his attempts to take sexual advantage of a vulnerable alcoholic woman?
The Reverend Peter Manton – rapist of 13 year-old girls?
Yes – tragically – as others have remarked on this blog and elsewhere – even what is in the public domain so far is merely the tip of the iceberg.
Perhaps I’ll write in more detail about this issue in a later post.
I have a great failing as a person; I’m too trusting. I take people at face-value – only to be always let down by 99% of them – at least in the world of politics.
And the Church is politics.
I thought, at first, the present Dean of Jersey – the Very Reverend Bob Key – was going to be OK.
Bizarrely, the Dean has an automatic seat (non-voting) in the island’s parliament. A position which enables him to make speeches to the assembly – and have a profound influence on votes.
But then we get to my Christmas speech – in which I was trying to show some empathy and recognition for abuse survivors – which was stopped by Phil Bailhache and the rest of the gangsters.
Key said nothing at the time; nor did he make any attempt to contact me afterwards.
Out of curiosity, I e-mailed him and asked what he thought of events. He equivocated, evaded – and basically failed to back my position.
I was even nearly surprised by this pro-Jersey oligarchy stance.
Especially so when the media storm erupted a couple of months later – and he called and led a service of remembrance for the victims – in which, during his sermon, he used exactly the same biblical quotes I had been prevented from delivering at Christmas.
But having since learned of Manton being a child-rapist – a Vice Dean of Jersey – suddenly, Key’s attitude all makes sense.
He will know – for sure – the truth of Manton. Churches keep their histories carefully.
As we all know.
Maintaining the fictitious facade of such institutions – and profoundly ill-judged attempts to defend their credibility – has always been a higher priority to Churches than defending and protecting vulnerable children.
Just witness the monstrous cover-ups of child abuse engaged in by the Catholic Church – at the highest levels.
So – the time has come in this wretched saga to take a cold, hard look at the Churches in Jersey.
Like I said – it was an inevitability.
Word has reached me of several Churchmen desperately trying to smear me to anyone who will listen; they dismiss me as some kind of communist, anarchist – and general trouble-make – who no one should speak to or contact.
(Incidentally – a similar strategy is being used by many of Jersey’s lawyers. They too have an awful lot to hide – given their atrocious failure to properly represent victims over the decades.)
So – we are forced to conclude that the Church institutions in Jersey must have a good deal to hide.
If, indeed, not a number of individual Church figures who remain around in the island today.
Now is the time for the reckoning.
To expose the truth, deliver justice to the victims – and to make these institutions learn that such foulness can no longer be concealed.
Now is the time for people to come forward.
Could I make a plea for any other victims of Manton – or victims of any other Jersey oligarchy figures – to please contact me in strict confidence?
I know some people are so traumatised; they don’t want to go to the police, and face questioning and court appearances as witnesses. Understandably, they want to try and leave all that foulness behind and get on with their lives.
But it’s crucial that someone in authority learns your truth. Even if it’s only me. The more I learn – the more we can battle to change things and try to prevent these atrocities taking place again.
Here’s my address: email@example.com
This is the time to expose the truth.
I know it’s difficult for survivors to speak of these things – but the children of today – and of the future – need our unity to deliver them safety and protection.