Julie was sexually abused by an Anglican church minister, Meirion Griffiths, when she was a teenager and went to him for spiritual counsel. Many years later, she sued the Anglican church and raised public awareness about the unfair and traumatic process for claimants like herself.
– An abuse survivor’s tale
Core to her settlement was a new claims process for victims with the Ecclesiastical Insurance Company.
– The insurers have listened
A Fact Sheet on the process is available here:
– Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors Information Sheet
After UK police decided to extradite Meirion Griffiths from Australia to stand trial for sexual assault, Julie testified at two criminal trials before his conviction.
– Church leaders express sorrow after former Chichester priest is convicted of sex crimes
Julie testified at the Independent Inquiry on Institutionalised Child Sexual Abuse in 2018
– Abuse survivor Julie Macfarlane tells IICSA of her battle for justice
More details of this story are described in Julie’s book, “Going Public” (also available on Amazon). An excerpt is here “The Moment My Heart Stopped Fainting”.
And also in her blog on sexual violence.
There can finally be justice (about the extradition of the minister from Australia).
Before the Abuse I was a different person (Julie’s victim impact statement after the minister’s conviction).