A Christian barrister and moral crusader who viciously caned young men in his garden shed.
An exclusive network of powerful men seeking control in the Church of England.
A shared secret of abuse that casts a dark shadow over a whole generation of Christian leaders.
This is the extraordinary true story of John Smyth QC, a high-flying barrister who used his role in the church to abuse more than a hundred men and boys in three countries. It tells how he was spirited out of the UK, and how he played the role of moral crusader to evade justice over four decades. It reveals how scores of respected church leaders turned a blind eye to his history of abuse.
Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Graystone has pursued the truth about Smyth and those who enabled him to escape justice. He has heard the excruciating testimony of many of Smyth’s victims, and has uncovered court and church documents, reports, letters and emails. He has investigated the network of exclusive ‘Bash camps’ through which Smyth groomed his victims. For the first time, he presents a comprehensive critique of the Iwerne project and the impact it has had on British society and the church.
‘Bleeding for Jesus is a disturbing, devastating and damning account of abuser John Smyth. Andrew Graystone has achieved what those in power and authority did not: he has given the Smyth survivors a voice. This is their story, and there couldn’t be a better man to tell it. Tragically, Smyth died before he could face justice but Graystone’s tireless campaign on the victims’ behalf has at least forced the Church to face the truth. Determined not to be a bystander, Graystone instead became the victims’ greatest advocate. This book is a powerful testimony to the survivors’ passion to be heard.’
~ Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News