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Conspiracy Of Faith:

Fighting for Justice after Child Abuse

By Graham Wilmer

Conspiracy Of Faith

Conspiracy Of Faith:

Fighting for Justice after Child Abuse

By Graham Wilmer

The true story of the author's search for justice following his abuse as a child by a teacher at his Catholic school, revealing the difficulties of prosecuting paedophiles within a Church that too often refuses to face up to the problem.

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In this powerful book, Graham Wilmer recounts the traumatic experience of being sexually abused as a child by a teacher at the Salesian College in Chertsey, Surrey, and explores the life-long impact that child abuse has on males. He exposes the Salesians in the UK who failed to report the abuse and protected the teacher, painting a disturbing picture of the ineptitude and incompetence of the police, the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service), central and local government, NASUWT (The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers), the Roman Catholic Church, and the criminal justice system in their collective failures to act when he finally disclosed what had happened.

Despite the recommendations of the Nolan Enquiry into child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, and the recommendations of the Bichard Enquiry, Graham Wilmer's story shows just how difficult it is to prosecute teachers who abuse children in Roman Catholic schools.

This is a brave account by a man who suffered in forced silence for forty years until finally making the difficult decision to lay bare the truth, seek justice and bring those who had conspired against him to account. It raises many important issues about the way our society deals with sexual offences against children, and draws the disturbing conclusion that the vast majority of child abusers still operate with impunity, and will continue to do so unless the criminal justice system is radically changed in favour of the victims of abuse rather than the perpetrators.

This is the only book dealing with sexual abuse in a Salesian school. Although it may make you angry, it is not without hope, and will help others who have been through similarly traumatic times at such a young age.

1. Blind Faith
2. The Devil's Web
3. Love Lost
4. God's Will
5. Wilderness
6. The Demons Return
7. Pandora's Box
8. Breaking the Silence
9. Justice Denied
10. The Truth Will Set Me Free
11. The Reckoning
12. Failed Memories
13. Dead Man Walking
14. David
15. Angels Passing Through
16. The Truth Emerges
17. Gotcha!
18. Snow-Covered Rainbows
19. Waiting for Justice ...
20. Test of Courage
21. Trial – and Error
22. Child Abuse – The Hidden Cost

Graham Wilmer was sexually abused by a teacher at the Salesian College in Chertsey, Surrey, for a period of two years, and forced to remain silent once he told the school authorities what had been happening. He founded the Lantern Project to help other victims of sexual abuse.

A major feature article on Graham Wilmer and his book has been published in the Guardian at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2007/aug/03/childrensservices.biography

Often survivors want to tell their story. Seldom, however, is a book as well written as this one. I found myself gripped by the story, and could not wait to find out what happened. I recommend this book to all. Professionals, particularly, should read it. Survivors will be imbued with hope. Peter Garsden, Abney Garsden McDonald Solicitors