Witness Appeal: Reverend Terence King, St Paul’s Church, Castleford
I represent a client who was sexually assaulted by Terence King when she was a child, whilst King was Reverend of St Paul’s Church in Castleford, Wakefield.
It is understood that King abused children whilst occupying various positions in the Church of England for over 20 years from around the 1960’s, onwards.
King committed suicide in 2002 while he was being investigated by West Yorkshire Police over a string of child sex abuse allegations. He had previously been investigated in the 1980’s for sexual abuse but no charges were brought at this time.
My client feels understandably cheated by King’s death because King was never questioned about abusing my client, let alone found guilty of the child abuse offences which he committed against my client. My client has never obtained the closure that she needs, to be able to properly move on with her life. The culture at the time was not to speak out about child abuse. The Church could have stepped in to make a change but they did not do so, despite the fact that they should have protected the children in their congregation. I frequently see survivors who are only able to speak out about the abuse they suffered decades after it took place.
I am seeking evidence in support of my client’s case, because there will be no further police investigation as a result of King’s death. If you were sexually abused by Reverend Terence King and are willing to assist my client in her pursuit for justice by providing a witness statement about King and his role within the church, please contact me on 020 7288 4870.