It seems the Forums are now back online, even if there are still big problems with the database! I've managed to save the entire discussion so far in text format, so the wealth of information and testimony here will not be lost if anything else happens.
An excellent idea, John W.
If I may be quite bold, I'll get the ball rolling and appeal for statements that can be collected into a file.
Here's my suggestion:
[b:02bd52ef45]Write down your story[/b:02bd52ef45] of abuse at Kirkby Christian Fellowship as clearly as you can.
If you can recall specific instances of abusive behaviour, [b:02bd52ef45]be specific[/b:02bd52ef45] about times, places etc.
[b:02bd52ef45]Email it to me[/b:02bd52ef45]: email@example.com
, or post it to me as a private message on here.
[b:02bd52ef45]Privately[/b:02bd52ef45], I would like to be able to speak to you and make a record of your name and where you can be contacted. [b:02bd52ef45]None[/b:02bd52ef45] of this will be made public without your consent. This is simply to add weight to the evidence.
Some of you will have misgivings about trusting me or anyone else here with your real identity. If you have concerns about this, I don't mind at all spending time building up some trust via emails or whatever, and you can tell me who you are when you are ready.
If making a statement is a big step for you, don't feel pressured. [b:02bd52ef45]If you would rather not write a statement, that is fine.[/b:02bd52ef45]
Overall, I think John's idea would be persuasive with church leaders, community leaders, police etc whom we are trying to inform about the abuse at KCF.
Hope everyone is taking care. Hope to see some of you back around. :)