Child Protection

Would you sign a petition calling for stronger penalties for people who conceal child sex abuse?

PUB CHAT: Pastor Bob Cotton discusses his petition for stronger penalties for concealing child sex abuse with patron Garry Broad at the Grand Junction Hotel. Picture: Jonathan Carroll Not many people would think a pastor would be the most popular man at the pub. But when that pastor is pushing for stronger penalties for people who […]

Child Protection

Community expectations totally ignored – letter to the editor Maitland Mercury

The NSW Government’s failure to properly increase the sentence for concealing Child Sex Abuse is not only a slap to the face of the victims but it is totally out of step with what the public expects when it comes to sentencing those who protect and enable paedophiles. There is a storm coming. Soon, charges […]

Child Protection

New child abuse laws slammed as ‘cruel joke’

New child abuse laws slammed by Maitland Pastor Bob Cotton and sexual abuse survivor Paul Gray Maitland Mercury – local news      Sage Swinton  OUTRAGE: Maitland Pastor Bob Cotton says new child abuse laws are inadequate. New child sex offence laws have been slammed as “a cruel joke and an insult to survivors” by Maitland […]

Child Protection

‘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 […]