Online books on sex offenders
In her book, This Little Light, Christa Brown recounts how her youth pastor exploited his authority in order to gain her submission. In a highly publicized case, Father Lawrence Murphy filled a teaching need at St.
She writes, Eddie [pastor] always said that God had chosen me for something special. John’s School for the deaf where he sexually abused as many as 200 deaf or hard of hearing boys.
A mother who featured in a TV ad against legalising same-sex marriage claims she's been trolled online by corporates executives, counsellors and even suicide centre workers.
Cella White made headlines in August as one of three women to front the 'no' vote ad campaign, sponsored by the Coalition for Marriage ahead of the postal vote.
Another horror is that most people of faith are completely oblivious to these destructive and deceitful methods.
Knowledge and understanding of these common exploitations is the first step in protecting our communities from predators who walk in and destroy lives right underneath our noses.
As the child gets older and perhaps begins to openly question or resist the ongoing abuse, an experienced offender will attempt to redefine “sin” in a manner that shames the child into silence, such as “You should be ashamed of your sin”.
'F**k you and f**k your spastic kids,' one wrote, while another said: 'Dumb c**t'.
Among the other shocking vitriol which is too graphic to publish were images of a boy who had self-harmed, with the sender claiming the mothers had made him do it.
Abuse survivor Christa Brown put this tragic truth best in responding to a friend who attempted to encourage her by telling her to trust God, It is as though you are telling me that I should pick up that very same sword that was once used to eviscerate me and should fall on it all over again. My love of God, my faith, my own extraordinary desire to live the will of God…those are the very parts of me that were transformed into weapons that savaged and destroyed me.
Not surprisingly, many survivors want nothing to do with anything related to faith.
Lyle Shelton, the head of the Coalition for Marriage, said he had warned the mothers they would come under fire for the ad but never expected such vile backlash.'We tried to prepare them for it, we warned them and we did everything we could to protect them, they were demonised by the 'yes' campaign,' Mr Shelton said.'Someone threatened to burn down Heidi's church, Cella was called a liar, and Dr Lai had her registration threatened by a Get Up!