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16 April 2020 | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

HJ Talks About Abuse: Child abuse and religious bureaucracy

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In this episode of the HJ Talks About Abuse podcast, host Alan Collins speaks to Dr Michael Salter about the issue of systemic child abuse within religious bureaucracies.

Dr Salter explains how some seminaries are fertile ground for abuse to take place and that once committed, sexual abuse can be too easily perpetuated through a generational cycle of abuse.

It is clear from this interview that the organisational structure of a religious institution matters less than the vigilance of those within the institution to report abuse when they see it and to minimise the risk that abuse can happen.

If you have experienced abuse within a religious organisation or know someone who has, speak to Alan Collins about your rights and what you can do about it by emailing [email protected]

Author bio

Alan Collins


Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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