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Oxford University chaplain who asked rape victims if they were ‘aware of the effect they had on men’ and stepped down after ‘comparing sex offenders to puppies needing training’ is handed NEW welfare role at a different college


An Oxford University chaplain who left his role after asking a rape victim if she was aware of ‘the effect she had on men’ and comparing predators to ‘puppies who need training’ has been handed a welfare role at a different college, MailOnline can reveal.

Rev Canon Bruce Kinsey went on sabbatical and eventually retired from his position as Head of Welfare at Balliol College after a number of students came forward and voiced their concerns regarding his behaviour. 

One woman said she reported a rape to Kinsey who in turn asked her, ‘if she was aware of the effect she had on men’, called her ‘very attractive’ and said she should be ‘wary of the impact the allegations would have on her alleged attacker.’

‘You don’t want to p*** people off who you might meet again downstream,’ Rev Kinsey said, according to the victim.

Now, Rev Kinsey has returned to the university working as a welfare advisor for a different college – St Edmund Hall – where he will provide support to students on a part-time basis.

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His tenure was initially set to last until his retirement in June but after being approached by MailOnline for comment last week the college said the ex-chaplain will now leave the role at end of the March term. 

The shock hire comes just over two years after his former employer Balliol College – alma mater of Boris Johnson and Cressida Dick – was accused of creating ‘a culture of victim blaming, compounding the trauma of sexual abuse with an inadequate and harmful response’.

Rev Canon Bruce Kinsey left his role at Balliol College after asking a rape victim whether she was aware of 'the effect she had on men'

Rev Canon Bruce Kinsey left his role at Balliol College after asking a rape victim whether she was aware of ‘the effect she had on men’

Rev Kinsey's tenure at St Edmund Hall was initially set to last until his retirement in June but after being approached by MailOnline for comment last week the college said the ex-chaplain will now leave the role at end of the March

Rev Kinsey’s tenure at St Edmund Hall was initially set to last until his retirement in June but after being approached by MailOnline for comment last week the college said the ex-chaplain will now leave the role at end of the March

St Edmund Hall College at Oxford University

St Edmund Hall College at Oxford University

The campaign which called for an end to the ‘culture of enabling’ at the college was sparked after a postgraduate said she was repeatedly sexually assaulted in 2019 by another student.

She later raised concerns about how the prestigious college handled her complaint – with Rev Kinsey being named as a key individual in the failure.

A QC report later upheld that Rev Kinsey had made the rape victim feel as if she were to blame for her own sexual assault and had discouraged her from reporting the attack after branding the college reporting system a ‘kangaroo court’.

It also found that he had engaged in ‘unwanted and unwarranted conduct’ and had harassed the victim.  

Balliol College was subsequently asked to remove the Chaplain from all welfare proceedings relating to sexual harassment and assaults as well as considering whether his behaviour warranted grounds for dismissal.

Reacting to his re-appointment as welfare advisor, one his complainants told MailOnline: ‘Bruce has had harassment complaints upheld by Balliol college and I am very disturbed to hear that Edmund Hall would hire him knowing of his previous record of being extremely risky with students’ well-being.

‘Either Balliol has not told them of his previous record or they have not checked. And I find it crazy to think that Edmund Hall would not be aware of Bruce because there were three women, including myself, that came forward publicly about him.

‘It is like they feel sorry for the guy but Oxford is a boys club and if you are a predator they all look out for each other.’

The former Balliol college student added: ‘When it comes to welfare at Oxford, which has some of the worst welfare systems I have ever heard of, they do not tell you the outcomes of your harassment cases.

A QC independent report into Rev Kinsey's behaviour while at Balliol College upheld the majority of complaints held against him

A QC independent report into Rev Kinsey’s behaviour while at Balliol College upheld the majority of complaints held against him 

Balliol College - alma mater of Boris Johnson and Cressida Dick - was previously accused of creating 'a culture of victim blaming, compounding the trauma of sexual abuse with an inadequate and harmful response'

Balliol College – alma mater of Boris Johnson and Cressida Dick – was previously accused of creating ‘a culture of victim blaming, compounding the trauma of sexual abuse with an inadequate and harmful response’

After being approached by MailOnline, Rev Kinsey's staff profile page on St Edmund Hall's website was tweaked to say he was leaving in March 2024

After being approached by MailOnline, Rev Kinsey’s staff profile page on St Edmund Hall’s website was tweaked to say he was leaving in March 2024 

‘The fact that it has happened is disgraceful and in no other industry would this be allowed, it’s pretty gross.

‘There are so many people who need jobs and deserve this job. Why hire a guy who has already had a career marked by an abuse of power when they could literally hire anyone else? It shows they do not care.’

The revelations about Balliol college, and subsequent complaints about Rev Kinsey, first came to light following an Al-Jazeera investigation in 2021 looking into issues surrounding sexual violence on university campuses.

‘I think colleges want to keep their pristine reputations,’ one female told Al-Jazeera.’ They will do anything to prevent reports of sexual assault occurring. 

‘Even if that means traumatising the students that come forward with sexual assault allegations.’

The woman said she reported the rape to Kinsey who in turn asked her if she was aware of the effect she had on men, called her very attractive and said she should be wary of the impact the allegations would have on her alleged attacker.

‘You don’t want to p*** people off who you might meet again downstream,’ Rev Balliol said, according to the victim.

After the woman spoke out against the college, other students voiced concerns over Kinsey not being receptive for calls for changes within the college and accuse of not accepting victims of sexual assault.

A campaign which called for an end to the 'culture of enabling' at the university was launched in 2021

A campaign which called for an end to the ‘culture of enabling’ at the university was launched in 2021

One unnamed student said Kinsey asked if she was a virgin when she tried to report an assault, before trvialising the behaviour of abusive men.

She told The Times in 2021: ‘Balliol College has systemic problems in supporting the welfare of students. After reporting my own rape, the head of welfare, Bruce Kinsey, asked me intimate sexual questions, including ‘were you a virgin?’

The woman said her friends had ‘similar experiences’ with the reverend, claiming they were also asked ‘intimate and inappropriate questions, told that their behaviour had encouraged sexual abuse, and had traumatic experiences of rape and assault belittled’.

In a meeting with students to address concerns of a rape culture at the college, it was claimed Kinsey said ‘perpetrators were ‘puppies who needed to be trained’ while the group discussed issues of consent.

The student, acting as a women’s officer, in the meeting added that Kinsey also suggested ‘that survivors should consider how damaging such accusations could be to the male students’ reputation and future’.

Rev Kinsey denied the claims at the time and said he takes ‘claims of sexual assault very seriously’ reporting the incidents to the appropriate services. He said he would ‘never trivialise such a report of harm’ and said he did not recognise the account.

He initially stepped aside from his role in December 2021 while the college investigated further claims made by two more students. 

St Edmund Hall said: ‘Bruce Kinsey assisted as Interim Chaplain for a short time at the start of this term until our new Chaplain took up her role in early February. 

A college spokesperson added that it takes all student reports of sexual assault and harassment 'extremely seriously

A college spokesperson added that it takes all student reports of sexual assault and harassment ‘extremely seriously

‘He now holds a short-term advisory position during the transition period and, as planned, that position finishes in March at the end of term.’

A college spokesperson added that it takes all student reports of sexual assault and harassment ‘extremely seriously’.

‘When a report of student misconduct is received, the report is dealt with through a rigorous non-academic disciplinary procedure, formulated on the basis of legal advice from a leading KC, and detailed in the College By-laws,’ the statement said.

‘In accordance with this process, when a major breach of discipline is alleged, the College arranges for an investigation by an external independent expert, followed by consideration of the evidence by a panel chaired by an independent legal practitioner. 

‘Students making reports have welfare support made available to them by one of two female Senior Welfare Officers.’

Rev Kinsey told MailOnline he disputes some of the claims and said after an investigation he ‘was largely exonerated by the college’.

MailOnline contacted Balliol College for comment. Oxford University declined to comment.



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