Victims' hidden abuse by paedophile priests in Sussex


BBC Inside Out investigates the Anglican paedophile priests who abused children in Sussex.

It has prompted an inquiry ordered by the Archbishop of Canterbury for the first time in over 100 years. But at the very heart of this story are the victims who have been left fighting for the truth.

We meet Phil Johnson who was groomed then seriously sexually abused by a priest when he was a nine-year-old choir boy and church server.

His abuser Father Roy Cotton was at the time a revered, trusted Anglican priest.

Another victim, 'Simon', also says he was sexually assaulted.

Mr Johnson eventually received a compensation payout from the church and a formal apology accepting mistakes that led to the abuse.

Inside Out South East is on BBC One on Monday, 13 February at 19:30 GMT and nationwide on the iPlayer for seven days thereafter.

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