Anger over failings

Victims of sex abuse within the church have welcomed the conviction but are angry that still, nobody who was in authority in the Church has been held to account for the failings. Phil Johnson, who waived his right to anonymity after he was abused by vicar Roy Cotton, has long campaigned for justice for victims of abuse at the hands of clergy.

After Rideout was sentenced this week, Phil said, “The Church knew about all of these allegations from 17 different people, some for many years. Rideout’s access to children was never restricted – he was never suspended, even as a precaution, and was allowed to continue to have access to schools until 18 months ago.

“He was investigated in the late 90s and early 2000s with the area bishop even attending a police interview with hi. Yet still, nobody who was in authority in the Church has been held to account.”