Child Protection

‘Momentous’ law change opens church up to legal action from abuse victims.

Here is some more great news! For far too long, corrupt institutions have not only abused innocent children and then deliberately and intentionally concealed the crimes but have also heaped further abuse upon the survivors by denying them proper compensation through the exploitation of legal loopholes. Scrapping the “Ellis Defence” in Victoria is another step […]

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Now it’s time for action

DECEMBER 19 2017 – 7:00PM Comment: Pastor Bob Cotton | No confidence in church after Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse Maitland Mercury Local News  LINGERING DOUBTS: Pastor Bob Cotton says when it comes to church reform, the “mice are still in charge of the cheese”. Picture: Jonathan Carroll. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses […]

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‘Ellis defence’ scrapped as Victorian law change opens church up to abuse legal action

‘Ellis defence’ scrapped as Victorian law change opens church up to abuse legal action abc – news By Danny Tran and Matt Neal  Updated 28 May 2018, 9:18am PHOTO: John Ellis says it feels good to have his name unshackled from a legal loophole used by the Catholic Church. (ABC News: Danielle Bonica) It was only years later, long […]

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Pastor accuses church leaders of blatant hypocrisy in same sex marriage plebiscite

AUGUST 30 2017  OPINION | Pastor accuses church leaders of blatant hypocrisy in same sex marriage plebiscite Comment published in The Maitland Mercury Occasionally a letter is sent to The Mercury that is so powerful, so heartfelt, that it deserves highlighting. We received this letter from Pastor Bob Cotton of Maitland Christian Church. We have decided to […]

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Hunter Valley men call for harsher, retroactive penalties for concealing child sex offences

Hunter Valley men call for harsher, retroactive penalties for concealing child sex offences Krystal Sellars published in the News section of the Cessnock Advertiser  ALLIES: Child sex abuse survivors Paul Gray and Peter Gogarty, and Maitland Christian Church pastor Bob Cotton are working on a campaign for harsher, retroactive penalties for people who cover up child […]