The Lantern Project and “Betrayed”

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The Lantern Project was established in 2000 to provide support for victims of childhood sexual abuse in Merseyside and the surrounding region, in response to the growing number of victims coming forward after Operation Care and other police investigations into institutional child abuse.

Working in partnership with local GPs, the Police, the Probation Service, Social Services, the Prison Service, Psychology Services and other statutory and non statutory organisations, the Lantern Project has supported hundreds of victims, male and female, from all walks of life, with ages ranging from 8 to 80.

You can contact us by e-mail, phone or contact us through this site.


  • The Devil’s Advocate – Child abuse and the men in black
  • Recovering from the impact of sexual abuse
  • Understanding and Treating The Life-Long Consequences of Childhood Sexual Abuse (w/ Free PDF)
  • Picking Up The Pieces
  • Conspiracy of Faith – Fighting for Justice after Child Abuse
  • Proud To Be Me
  • “Dirty Little Bastard” by Alan Wilson
  • Proud To Be Me II
  • A taste of the Punjab

The knowledge we gained through this work, combined with out own experiences of sexual abuse, has enabled us to develop an effective therapeutic support programme to help victims cope with the complex psychological, physical and social problems that emerge over time, often lasting many years.

An equally important part of our support programme involves working with police, lawyers and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, to help victims seek reparation for the harm they have suffered, through both the criminal and civil justice systems, and we have won substantial awards for a number of victims, including in cases where the offenders were deceased, every penny of which went to the victims.

As part of our work to raise awareness of the long-term consequences of sexual abuse, both to the victims themselves and to society as a whole, we have produced a number of information books and films, which are available to view, free of charge, on our website. If you would like a copy of any of our books, they are also available to purchase for a nominal cost, as indicated in the book section.

Graham Wilmer MBE

Founder – The Lantern Project

The Lantern project is a Registered Charity – Number 1097265, and is a Charitable, Organisational Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – BACP Number 166318.

on May 26, 14 • in News

Betrayed : The English Catholic Church and the sex abuse crisis by Richard Scorer is out now. Richard Scorer, an expert in the field, explains why this book had to be written:

“I have written this book in tribute to those many survivors of abuse brave enough to come forward and tell their stories and others who may yet do so. It is a matter of public interest that the tragic events of the last few decades are more fully understood, the better to prevent repetition in the future.

In 1983, Gilbert Gauthe, a priest in Lafayette, Louisiana, was exposed as a paedophile. The case set in motion events which have devastated the Catholic Church across the world. In 1985, Gauthe’s defence attorney, Ray Mouton, and a Vatican official, Tom Doyle, wrote a 92-page report in which they pleaded with the US Church to confront the issue of sexual abuse.

The report went to senior Catholic leaders. It was ignored, then buried. The scandal which has since unfolded in the USA and internationally has been much vaster, its impact on the Church and its congregations far more profound, than Mouton and Doyle predicted. Across the Catholic world, victims have been traumatised, parishes left broken and respect for the priesthood has been shattered. The scandal is still unfolding and is likely to continue for many years hence.

In England, the societal impact of the scandal has been less profound, leading some to play down its seriousness; in his anti-papal polemic The Case of the Pope, Geoffrey Robertson QC suggests that ‘insofar as the church has had a success story in dealing with paedophile priests, this is in the UK’. Robertson is no apologist for the Church, but his view reflects a common assumption, fostered by Catholic leaders, that there were relatively few cases in England and that such problems as existed have been eliminated by the Nolan reforms, a raft of changes to child protection in the Catholic Church in England and Wales which were introduced in 2001.

The statistics and historical records, however, indicate otherwise. In writing this book I have established that at least sixty-one Catholic priests have been convicted of sexual offences in the criminal courts in England and Wales since 1990. That is a minimum number; there may be more. In this book, which is intended to be both a history of the Catholic abuse scandal in England and Wales over the last thirty years and an analysis of Catholic safeguarding as it now operates, I examine the detail of some of these cases. Many, if not most, are ‘historic’ but some, like the recent scandals at Benedictine schools, are contemporary and post-date the Nolan reforms. They illustrate that whilst Nolan has undoubtedly improved child protection in the English Church, that task is ‘very far from accomplished’. The Church now seems to be better at reporting abuse allegations to the statutory authorities. But there remains what one inquiry report called a ‘backsliding tendency’. And there are other continuing problems too: a failure to laicise (defrock ) priests convicted of sexual offences, and a failure to support and pay just compensation to survivors.

As the cases examined in this book will show, at least until the 1990s, and in many instances much later, allegations of abuse were suppressed in ways which could never have happened if the leadership of the Church had believed itself to be accountable to its congregations, to the law and to wider society. Whilst the Church has woken up to some of these problems, many of the underlying dynamics which gave rise to the abuse crisis remain in place. Those dynamics will only change if the Church remains under the spotlight. In writing this book I hope to help ensure that the Sins of the Fathers are not visited on a new generation.”

Betrayed : The English Catholic Church and the sex abuse crisis by Richard Scorer is available with our 2 week price promise now.

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