ALL the bells of heaven may ring,
All the birds of heaven may sing,
All the wells on earth may spring,
All the winds on earth may bring
All sweet sounds together—
Sweeter far than all things heard,
Hand of harper, tone of bird,
Sound of woods at sundawn stirred,
Welling water’s winsome word,
Wind in warm wan weather,
One thing yet there is, that none
Hearing ere its chime be done
Knows not well the sweetest one
Heard of man beneath the sun,
Hoped in heaven hereafter;
Soft and strong and loud and light,
Very sound of very light
Heard from morning’s rosiest height,
When the soul of all delight
Fills a child’s clear laughter.
Golden bells of welcome rolled
Never forth such notes, nor told
Hours so blithe in tones so bold,
As the radiant mouth of gold
Here that rings forth heaven.
If the golden-crested wren
Were a nightingale—why, then,
Something seen and heard of men
Might be half as sweet as when
Laughs a child of seven.
~ A Child’s Laughter – Algernon Charles Swinburne
Peter Hollingworth was Governor-General until it was proven that he protected a paedophile priest. The time has come for him to lose his pension of over $600,000 per year !
FORMER Australian Governor-General Dr Peter Hollingworth should be stripped of his $600,000 a year entitlement after it was found he protected paedophiles during his time as Anglican Archbishop
We at FACAA are once again echoing calls made by Hetty Johnston and Bravehearts, this time we are joining them in calling for Peter Hollingworth to lose his pension, we would like to see him pay back the funds he has received thus far too, but hey we know that will never happen.
Dr Hollingworth was appointed Governor-General in 2001, but he resigned in 2003 in utter disgrace ! after an inquiry found he allowed a paedophile priest to continue working until retirement. This enquiry was spearheaded by friends of FACAA Hetty Johnston and Amanda Gearing.
The 83-year-old gave evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2016, which included an apology to an abuse victim. Dr Hollingworth issued a statement through his lawyer Bill Doogue on Wednesday, saying reports police were reviewing allegations were surprising given the allegations “had been the subject of four inquiries in the past 15 years”.
“None of those inquiries suggested he had committed any offence,” Mr Doogue said in a statement.
“These inquiries included the royal commission which examined the issues at length.
“Dr Hollingworth says he is aware that some of his opponents have been making complaints to police for some time but he had never been approached or interviewed by police.”
Funny thing, Peter Hollingworth apologised for his part in hiding the paedophile priest but then said that none of the inquires suggested he committed any offence ??Mate you have admitted committing an offence, you do know that hiding child rapists from justice is an offence, right ?
This seems amazingly arrogant, to apologise for committing a crime then say, but no one has ever found I’ve committed a crime… you know, except you… But then again I’d be arrogant too if I worked for 2 years and was given a lifetime pension of over half a million dollars per year.
Yes you read that correctly, the age of entitlement is over for everyone except the ex-governor general apparently. He works for just 2 years and gets an annual pension of $357,732, as well as a Commonwealth-funded office and staff in the prestigious 101 Collins St building in Melbourne’s CBD.
Documents provided under Freedom of Information show that in 2015-16, Dr Hollingworth spent more than $275,000 on office and travel expenses, on top of his pension for that year of $328,000. In the six years between 2010 and 2016, his office and travel expenses alone totalled almost $1.5 million.
This is a man who by his own admission allowed a child rapist to keep working until he retired !
Give FACAA just 1 year of his pension and we will take a huge chunk out of child abuse !
We have to ask….Why does he get any tax payer funded pension ?
He admitted that he knowingly allowed a child rapist to continue working with children, for that ….
HE SHOULD BE ARRESTED !
Philip Wilson was convicted, Peter Hollingworth can and should be too !
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Child protection is everybody’s business
In 2015 – 2016 there were 355,935 reported cases of child abuse in Australia.
We can all think of the names, and in many cases the faces, of Australians who have been killed or injured by other people or who have gone missing and to this day not been found.
Just a few off the top of my head at the moment for example are; Eurydice Dixon, William Tyrell, the Beaumont children, Anita Cobby, Ebony Simpson, Jaidyn Leskie and Daniel Morcombe and I am sure that if I spent much time on that vein of thought there would be many others.
I think it is important though, for us to also keep in mind the ones we don’t all hear about. Not because the ones that are household names matter any less than what we already feel that they do, but because they all matter – every single one of them is just as important, just as valid and just as memorable as the rest.
A 2018 report by Jodie Ward of the University of Canberra states that Australia currently has 2,000 missing persons and 500 unidentified human remains. * In 2014, 20,677 sexual assaults were reported nationally. In the year 2013-2014 there were 238 homicides in Australia.
Horrifically, in the year 2015-2016, there were 355,935 reports of child abuse in Australia.
Every one of the people represented by these figures is or was greatly loved by their friends and families, every one of them had every right to be safe and to live their lives to the full. Every life matters.
The cases that make it into the limelight of media and public scrutiny keep not only the victims and the abusers in our minds but also remind us of the changes that must be made.
Those who don’t hit the headlines are just as worthy of our thoughts and our efforts to bring about changes.
We are a global community. There is no turning away and pretending that it won’t ever affect you – because statistically it probably will, either directly or indirectly. We must act together to protect each other, to protect our nation’s children and to ensure that those who prey upon our children or harm them in any way face adequate punishments for their crimes.
Child protection is everyone’s business (GE)
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* Sexual assault, homicide and child abuse figures retrieved from the Australian Bureau of Statistics
Great advice for anyone seeking justice for the crimes they’ve survived
If you or someone you know is facing the uncertainty of seeking justice for the crimes you or your child have survived, then you need to read this article ! Written by our awesome survivor author Genevieve Elliot and written using her own experiences and her experiences in the FACAA court support program this is a must for anyone going through the court process.
If you are going through it or you have gone through it and would like an explanation for what went on, or you know someone about to face the trials of the courtroom feel free to tag them, or share this post on their walls. This info is an absolute must for anyone facing the pursuit of justice. ———
Facing the immediate period of time after a child or adult discloses childhood abuse can be very draining and overwhelming. Not only are our emotions all over the place, often affecting our appetite, ability to sleep and ability to function normally – we are also often faced with the confusion and turmoil of a legal case.
Most people have never set foot inside a court room, let alone had to deal with terms such as “suppression order” “non-publication order” “adjourned” and so on in our day to day lives. Unfortunately, police officers and prosecutors are very busy people and they often don’t have the time to explain things fully when we would like them to. Some people also find that they just don’t feel comfortable with the support officer assigned to them.
None of us here at FACAA are qualified to give legal advice, but we can share our own experiences in the hope of helping others. Advocacy groups such as ours can provide things like court support, someone to discuss the issues of concern with and someone to make phone calls or other contacts that you are struggling with doing yourself – depending on your individual circumstances and location.
Some of the things I have come across in the journey from victim to survivor for many people are ;
“There’s a suppression order. Can I still discreetly let my child’s school know that this has happened so that they can be aware of my child’s needs?” – in short yes you can. You don’t need to go into details but you can have a private meeting with the school’s counsellor and let them know that your child has suffered a form of abuse and may need some extra care. In many cases the counsellor will then also have a couple of sessions with your child (if you agree to that) to check on how they are going. In many cases your state’s child protection body will have already informed the school also.
The suppression order however does mean that no one, including yourself, can publicly name the offender in relation to the charges in any way, nor can anyone identify the child/children as victims of those crimes. This includes but is not limited to social media, print media, television and radio. Sometimes people later apply for suppression orders to be removed but that is a very serious decision that is up to the individual.
“They said I don’t need to attend this court hearing, but I want to – am I allowed to?” – Yes. You can attend every time that the matter comes before the court if you wish to. If you are a witness for a trial, there will be sometimes when you are asked to wait outside the courtroom. This is simply so that no one can say your evidence was guided or tainted by what you heard in the courtroom.
“I didn’t understand some of what the prosecutor/police officer/support officer/magistrate said – can I ask questions?” – You can’t speak within the courtroom unless invited to do so but you can ask for things to be explained further. If the issue was something, the Magistrate said, ask your support officer to clarify for you. It’s a good idea to write things down so you won’t forget what to ask about, and also to have someone such as a close friend, relative or advocate with you at court and in meetings where it is permitted as they may notice something you missed or be able to explain things to you.
“I have/my child has been asked to supply a Victims Impact Statement. How do we know what to write? Is it necessary?” A VIS is taken into account by the sentencing magistrate when deciding what length of sentence to hand down. Maximum sentence limits and other protocols still bind them, but it is a way for the impact upon the victim to be heard and weighed up. Many people also feel more empowered through having their say.
A sentence can be handed down without it, but it is a great way for victims to feel validated and heard. Advocacy groups, your witness support officer or your counsellor if you are seeing one are able to assist you in how to word this document, though it is important that it reflects your experience and feelings, no one else’s (other than when writing on behalf of a very young child). When it comes time for the statement to be presented in court, you can read it out loud yourself or nominate someone else to do that for you, or it can simply be handed to the magistrate for him/her to read and consider.
“They said I will have to give evidence in court, but I am scared of facing him/her. Is there a way around this?” If you have been subpoenaed to provide evidence then you must do so but your safety and psychological comfort are important. In some cases you can give evidence via video link from another room – ask your advocate, support worker or the prosecutor for information about this option.
“The offender will be appearing by video link. Will they be able to see me?” This depends largely on the court room and what cameras have been turned on. If you have concerns, speak to your advocate or support worker as early as possible before the court date so that they can try to arrange for you to be seated out of the camera’s range or for particular cameras to be turned off.
“I’m worried that the sentence won’t be long enough. If that happens, can I lodge an appeal?” Unfortunately not in the vast majority of cases. In extreme circumstances the DPP can lodge an appeal. The offender can appeal if they feel that the sentence is too long and if they have legal grounds to appeal, so that is something that you should consider in case it happens. In rare cases, an offender has actually had their sentence lengthened on appeal though.
We all go through the feelings of being “scattered”, unable to take in what is being said, trouble with remembering things, being too shy or overwhelmed to ask questions. There is no shame in that and you are not “going crazy” – you are dealing with a horrific and overwhelming tragedy in your life. Keep moving forward warrior – you’ve got this (GE)
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Most beautiful people of this new age, you are called to be at one with all life here and in the Heavens. To leave behind the egos of the past that have kept you in sickness and the destruction of all the beauty that surrounds you.
You may ask who do I talk about when I talk of the destructive ones here on earth. Of course your leaders are a representative of your thinking, but for all who live each day as it was thousands of years ago and still maintain the same systems today.
During this life you are in now, you have created opportunities to bring a new vision , a new way of being the enrichment of who you are, but most still surround themselves with the same friends, maintain familys of the old thinking and chain yourself to them and never to be free until you take your last breath, but then will you be free. While you are walking around you play the game of this person can fit into your life here, or there. Your ego gives only thought to how and who will be of service to you. Remember what I said about your last breath on earth, it is then transferred to a place of your creation and your old system of thinking and being will continue. Sickness , wars, loneliness, ruled over by people like yourself.
Your ego has no glory in it for it places you in isolation to control your world around you even when it may have brought you nothing but pain, your ego is that of the army of the fallen ones and is in opposition to God and all thing beautiful. You are not the isolated person you are from the galaxies but a part of them and you are a part of the one that unites you in the love of life. You are one with God. This you must choose and live now, for your chance to be the one who lives in the Glory of God will one day be gone and to cry out to The eternal who is all life and want to be a part of it without the illusion of Ego (on your own and in charge) then now is your opportunity to do so. When you have a event take place in your life that of a love one dying, or leaving, this is the time you make changes to your life to live as one with honoring all life and give Glory to the God of love. Let not yourself try and plug the gap in your life with someone who has left for someone else unless you are going to change your whole life with the values of love . They talk of the wisdom of the aged, in most cases the aged have maintained the old ways and continue to do so.The young create a new ways of control and also maintain the old ways.
I call out to you now. You are the called ones, You are the children of God whom all glory and as one with our Lord we will lead the way home. Understand Home is a vibration of Love and it will lift you on that day to the Heaven where all live as one in health and joy.