Stacy Bannerman

"Forgiveness won’t change the past, but it can change the present, which is where the future starts." Read more

Bud Welch

In April 1995 Bud Welch’s 23-year-old daughter, Julie Marie, was killed in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City along with 167 others. In the months after her death, Bud changed from supporting the death penalty for Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols to taking a public stand against it. In 2001 Timothy McVeigh was executed for his part in the bombing. Read more

Richard McCann

In 1975, one week before his sixth birthday, Richard McCann’s mother became the first victim of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper. As a result Richard’s life went into a downward spiral and it wasn’t until many years later that he was able to use his experience to create a lasting and positive change. Read more

Susan Waters

Susan Waters is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She is the mother of three children and lives in the Midlands. Her story has been an anonymous story on The Forgiveness Project website since 2005. In 2016, with her parents both dead, she waived her right to anonymity. Read more

Khaled al-Berry

As a teenager Khaled al-Berry belonged to the radical Egyptian Islamist group, el-Gama’a al-Islamiya. Read more

Tony McAleer

A former organiser for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), Tony McAleer served as a skinhead recruiter. It was love for his children that finally led Tony on a spiritual journey of personal transformation. Read more

Marian Partington

In 1973 Marian Partington’s younger sister, Lucy, disappeared from a Gloucester bus stop after visiting a friend. Twenty years later, the gruesome discoveries at 25 Cromwell Street revealed that Lucy Partington had been a victim of serial-killers Frederick and Rosemary West. Read more

Restorative Justice

Victim-offender dialogues address social injuries by giving victims a better chance of healing and offenders the opportunity to apologise and take responsibility. Read more

Brigitte Sossou Perenyi

In 1996, when she was seven, Brigitte Sossou Perenyi was brought from Togo to Ghana and held as a slave in a religious shrine run by a priest dedicated to the worship of deities. Read more

Stories of Trust: Margot Van Sluytman with Marina Cantacuzino

Initiatives of Change is hosting The Forgiveness Project to talk about shared humanity, reconciliation and forgiveness - key values for IofC’s vision of inspiring, equipping and connecting people to play their part in building a better society. Read more