Traumatised woman speaks out as clergyman is banned for life from Church

When parishioners in a Hampshire village were told their vicar had resigned following “sexual incidents” with a 16-year-old schoolgirl, many walked out of church in support of their “wonderful” minister. Some members of the Emsworth congregation insisted Reverend Simon Sayers’ five year ban from the priesthood in 2016 was too harsh a punishment for a mere moment of weakness many years ago. This month, the married 60-year-old father of two was banned for life from the Church of England after it emerged he also had an “intimate sexual relationship” with a married parishioner who came to him for pastoral support. Now, the woman who first raised the alarm about Sayers targeting her when a schoolgirl…

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