Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia (FACAA) is a not-for-profit organisation that will end child abuse in Australia.

Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia works in three ways:

  1. We provide counselling and psychiatric services to survivors of child abuse as well as life coaching and job search training if needed. In order to heal them and break the cycle of child abuse once and for all.
  2. We advocate for improvements to child protection laws, as well as appropriate penalties for perpetrators of child abuse.
  3. We offer fully funded martial arts tuition to survivors of child abuse in order to help them break the cycle of child abuse.

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Zoe Irwin 16, from St Peters NSW, has not been heard from since Friday 26/5/17 at 2:30pm.

Police have issued an urgent plea to find her, saying they have concerns for her welfare.

Zoe is described as being caucasian, with long dark brown hair and a medium build.

Her mother has not spoken to her since Friday afternoon and is very concerned for her welfare.

It is believed she was headed to Bondi on Friday night to meet with an unknown person.

Please share this poster everywhere you can so we can help to find this young girl. It is not normal for her stay out of contact with her mother for so long.

Any information you have regarding Zoe's whereabouts since Friday, will be a help to police who are very concerned for her safety.

You can give information anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

Please, if you know where Zoe is call and let her family know she is ok.

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FACAA Author Genevieve Elliot was recently invited to give a talk on how Domestic Violence effects the children and adults subjected to it.

We at FACAA believe domestic violence to be child abuse and to end child abuse we must also end domestic violence.

FACAA reps are busy getting it done, this time in the remote town of Lightning Ridge ! (A)

I was honoured to be invited to the unique town of Lightning Ridge to speak to people there about Domestic Violence and it's effects on children as well as on the adults involved.

We hear the statistics, we see the headlines, but what is often overlooked is the human suffering, the crippling fear, the trauma, the damage to the mental health of those effected and the ongoing difficulties arising from the experience. I don't know the answers in terms of preventing Domestic Violence but I firmly believe that it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to step in and help when we know help is needed, to support and nurture the victims and let them know that it is not and was never their fault.

Children especially need good solid early interventions if we are to have any hope of allowing them to live their lives to their full potential - without that they are at a very high risk of being the abusers, the abused and the addicts of tomorrow, all because no one thought to repair what was broken. We can build a better tomorrow, but it won't happen by sitting around waiting for "someone else" to do it, nor by waiting for government interventions or by looking the other way and thinking "it's not my problem." It is everyone's problem and we are the only "someone" we can count on. (GE)

Genevieve's incredibly honest story of surviving child abuse and domestic violence "Screaming In Silence." is available to purchase through FACAA if you would like a copy please inbox us.

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In light of recent tragic events FACAA have sourced a really good article to share with you all on how to talk to kids about tragic events on the news.

We will include links to the author's website please feel free to drop him a line and give him your thoughts on his excellent writing (A)

The world can be a scary place. Tragedies occur that affect us all, and these awful things can undermine confidence and lead to anxieties and fears that are potentially unhealthy, for both adults and children.

For our children to flourish and thrive, they need to believe that the world is a safe and predictable place. Or to be more precise, that their world is a safe and predictable place.

When our children come to us with questions about these almost unspeakable events, our natural reaction is to spill the beans and tell our children everything. We get very logical. We step into lecture mode. After all, that’s what parents do. We give them answers. Not all parents go with this approach. Some parents sugar-coat the answers while others prefer a direct response. Others lie outright.

And of course if we are affected by what we read, hear, or see, and our children see how we are affected, they can also be affected. Our emotions are contagious. Our fears become our children’s fears. Our anxieties become theirs.

Curiosity or concern?

It is natural that our children will have questions. It is healthy. Particularly when they see us being affected by such news. It is important, even before we start answering, however, that we understand why your child is asking such questions.
What typically underlies our children’s questions is a mixture of two things: curiosity, and concern.

Curiosity

We satisfy our children’s curiosity with brief, honest answers. For example, we may suggest:

“Sometimes people do terrible things and it leaves lots of people hurt. It upsets me that these bad things happen sometimes.”
We want to be sure our children understand that these are rare events. Most people are safe all day every day. These responses will usually satisfy younger children. Older children may follow up with more complex questions. I’ll address how we can respond to those questions in a moment.

Concern

We satisfy concern with something altogether more important: understanding, compassion, and empathy. Our children are asking these questions as much out of a desire to understand as a desire for reassurance. They want to know that even if the world is unsafe and unpredictable, their world is safe and predictable.

We might satisfy their concern with responses like:

“Hearing those things makes us feel awful doesn’t it. It makes you wonder how such bad things can happen.”
“It can be so hard to understand what went wrong.”

“Don’t you wish these awful things didn’t happen. Like if there was some special super-hero who got rid of all the bad guys and saved everyone from harm.” These responses tap into the emotions are children are feeling. We show them we understand. We help them feel that even if the world isn’t safe all the time, their world can be because we are there for them and we know how they feel.

Does this mean we should shelter our children?

While our children are young I recommend sheltering them from these tragic stories as much as possible. The truth is that our young children don’t need to know that men kill their wives, that parents kill their children, or that planes get shot down.

They don’t need to know that some countries try to blow up people in other countries. All this information will do is undermine their feelings of safety, and impact on their confidence. (I would argue that nobody really needs to know this stuff! It affects us all.)

In all reality, most children under around age 10 (or thereabouts) will not be particularly interested, so the cocooning I’m recommending will not be particularly difficult. Just keep the news switched off. And offer empathy if they are exposed to disturbing news or images.

But what if they ask harder questions?

Sometimes our hugs, empathy, and reassurance may not be enough. Additionally, older children are likely to have harder questions about these incidents. But whether children are young or old, the advice about responding to questions remains the same:

Be honest
Answer questions briefly and directly
Avoid sugar-coating
Don’t give more detail than is appropriate
Be guided by your children’s curiosity and then stop. Avoid oversharing.

It would be wonderful if we never had to have these conversations because we lived in a world where these things didn’t happen. Sadly, bad things do happen and those things can affect how we and our children respond to the world.

Ultimately, it’s our job to guide our children in age appropriate ways through these hard questions about horrible things. But remember, our children don’t need to be told they’re safe. They need to feel safe.

Find the good

Finally, remember that there is LOTS of good news out there. Find what’s good. People who help, who love, who are kind and compassionate. Kids need hope, and there are hopeful stories out there. Share those. Be positive. Life can be – and is – good.

This article was originally found on www.justincoulson.com
Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s leading parenting experts and is a highly sought-after international speaker and author.

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Rest in Peace 7 year old Brayden Rhodes. This innocent little boy watched as his Uncle Lance brutally murdered his Grandmother, then turned the knife on him.

Just before 36 year old Lance Rhodes slaughtered his mother and a young child, he declared: "We're going to have some fun tonight".

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He then chased his mother outside, stabbed her and repeatedly hit her with a 28-kilogram statue, which broke her skull and caused massive head injuries.

He then told his 7 year old nephew Brayden that if he screamed or moved he would use the knife on him. Neighbours heard a high pitched voice scream "Please don't hurt me," late on September 8, 2015.

Hours before Brayden Rhodes, 7, and Linda Addams were allegedly killed by Lance Rhodes, the primary school student and Spider-Man fan was picking flowers for his beloved “nanna” from neighbours’ yards in a Lalor Park street dubbed “Junkie Parade”.

After Rhodes repeatedly slammed the child's head against a wall, he chased the victim who fell to the ground outside.
He picked up a large piece of sandstone and using both hands, repeatedly struck the child's face, causing extensive head injuries.

As he moved to the back door, Rhodes said: 'Die, just f***ing die. I don't care.'

Rhodes was found to have been on an ice, cannabis and alcohol binge at the time of the frenzied attacks.

Not that any of that is an excuse, but it is an explanation for his behaviour. Rhodes has pleaded guilty to the attacks and now awaits his sentencing on June the 2nd.

We at FACAA can only hope the judge does not take into account his level of intoxication at the time of the cowardly attacks.

It shouldn't matter what Rhodes had voluntarily consumed, the fact is he brutally murdered his mother and nephew in an absolutely horrendous manner.

FACAA are calling for the judge to hand down a tough sentence in this case to send a clear message to child killers that you can not use drugs or alcohol to get away with murder.

This comes after a "mother" who murdered her 7 children and her niece in Cairns, escaped prison because she was diagnosed with drug induced schitzophrenia.

We believe this sent a clear message that drugs and their side effects can allow you to walk away from a murder or in this case 8 murder charges.

We need a big decision and big judgement against Rhodes to send a clear message that taking drugs does not give you the right to murder children !

Rest in Peace little Brayden, we will fight to ensure your murderer spends the rest of his life behind bars for killing you and your beloved grandmother. (A)

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Our very own FACAA Founder and President Adam Washbourne was yesterday morning named Channel 7 Sunrise program "Suburban Superstar" !

Some how we managed to keep it a complete surprise from him and he was truly left speechless. It's not easy to keep things from Adam, but this was one time I can say he had no idea.

What a morning it was, at 4:30am Adam and the FACAA family started arriving for what they thought would be a wonderful opportunity to highlight the amazing work FACAA does, focusing on our Phoenix program that is run from martial arts schools around the country.

The Sunrise crew had come to KMA Champion Martial Arts Liverpool home of our flagship Phoenix Program and it just also happens to be where Adam is proud to teach martial arts full time.

We had an amazing turn out for so early in the morning which just goes to show the incredible people surrounding Adam and just how much they think of him and the work he is doing.

They came from all over NSW for what they initially believed was to be a morning of promoting FACAA, KMA and the awesome benefits of martial arts in general for kids and adults.
It soon became obvious it was much, much more... on live television, coast to coast on the Seven Network.... (no pressure at all) 😉 hahaha

Word was slowly getting around that @Sam Mac and the awesome Sunrise crew, Producer Amanda, cameraman Cameron and Trev the first there and last to leave, technician and Danzig fan, who hooked up the satellite feed and made it possible to be broadcast from Liverpool... were looking for another worthy "Surburban Superstar"
and they found a very worthy winner.

I have known Adam for 13 years and in that time he has changed immensely, mostly physically, he was a much heavier, long haired pro-wrestler back then, but what has never changed is his passion to protect children from those who would harm them. His hatred for paedophiles and those who would prey upon the vulnerable and his belief that it is up to every person to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

He was always a Protector, a Guardian of the Innocent long before FACAA, I can tell you he is the most loyal person I know and if you are lucky enough to have him in your life, then you are truly blessed.

He has made it his life's work to leave this Earth a safer place for children.
I know he doesn't do this for any other reason than he simply must, he is driven and it is that drive that keeps him going day after day. He works full time to allow him to keep FACAA going.

The $7000 that comes with the suburban superstar prize would have made a big difference to him financially, but not for a second did he think it was for him.. "it's going to help the kids" and that sums up exactly why Sunrise found themselves a truly deserving "Suburban Superstar."

He is making a difference every day, day in day out, he doesn't ever take a sickie in fact he amazes me with his strength to keep going, but then he reminds me that he doesn't have the time to stop.
Ending child abuse is a huge task and he wants to see it happen in his lifetime, he knows realistically he may not, but the work he and FACAA are doing today, will bring that dream closer.
It only takes a very slight shift in consciousness for this to be a reality. When we all realise the difference 1 person can make, we will stop this scourge. When we see the difference a person like Adam can make and we realise we too are 1 person and we too can make that difference. Then we will see an end to the epidemic of lives destroyed.

No one wants children to be abused. It's up to all of us to be a part of the solution.

That's why having Channel 7's Sunrise program acknowledge the work Adam is doing was priceless and there are many people we must thank.

Sam Mac and the Sunrise weather crew of course who managed 9x 30 to 90 second incredible crosses for the weather, with the kids being awesome, the instructors doing their thing, the school looking great, interviews with Adam and Master Fari Salievski the owner of KMA.
Lots of putting everyone at ease and being so incredibly down to earth and professional.

At the 8 o clock fill spot live on national television Sam Mac surprised Adam with a giant cheque for $7,000 for being the Sunrise Suburban Superstar.

Adam had no idea it was coming, and he may have been a little overwhelmed at the time, so badly he said the old host of the show's name live on air.
So from Adam this message to Sam and Kochie and some more thanks
- Thank you Sam and Kochie for the privilege of being on your show..I'm truly humbled. Sam, please forgive me I do know your name you are always in our loungeroom every morning, all i can say is I was so truly surprised I lost the gift of speech. My sincerest apologies and thank you to all of the Sunrise crew who were fabulous and to Sean Flynn, the producer who truly had me in the dark.

ToThe FACAA crew who were out in force and travelled from far and wide to be there thank you from the bottom of our hearts ! The KMA Family too who were all there to see me make a total goose out of myself on live television..... coast to coast..... thank you all.

In all seriousness it was a truly humbling morning and it was a tremendous honour to win the award.

We have to thank everyone who showed up at 5:30am on a school morning, you all helped make the morning incredibly special.
To Orange Grove Krispy Kreme (Australia)who donated 5 dozen of their delicious donuts to help feed everyone thank you.
The demonstrations were both incredible and incredibly cute which made for some great television. Thank you to the students who showed off their awesome skills, the intructors for letting a weather man throw them around and the crowd for sticking out the long and often laborius process that is live television.

The Sunrise crew were fantastic running around in FACAA shirts, while their host Sam Mac threw himself and even threw a few instructors around as well. Great crew very humble and incredibly professional.

Master Fari Salievski owner and founder of KMA, mentor and fight coach to me also deserves an extra special thank you for not only his efforts to help the kids of the FACAA, to guide the FACAA but for opening his school up to a film crew at 4am and organizing the crowd and the demos that have since melted the Sunrise Website down with a cutness overload.

A very special thank you must go to Jacki McNamara for nominating us for the award, co-ordinating with all the relevent people and somehow keeping it a secret the entire time. Jacki and her awesome family Mario, Gaby and Adam all attend KMA (and are in for a tonne of burpees for embarassing me- (A) and have seen first hand the benefits of the Phoenix program on the kids of the FACAA.

Jacki's daughter Miss Gaby is one of the up and coming junior instructors at KMA and has also won public speaking competitions and has written essays using the topic of FACAA we couldn't be prouder of her.

The McDonalds what can we say but thank you.

Such an incredible morning, such a great honour and such a big cheque 🙂 Every single cent of that cheque will go directly to the front line of ending child abuse once and for all.

Already got it earmarked for various programs throughout Australia.

Thank you once again to everyone involved. We are finally starting to gain some momentum in this fight to end child abuse and we would not be doing so without the efforts of our awesome 100k plus army !

Feel free to check out the link and while you're there check out the other videos from the day.

au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/35618113/a-worthy-suburban-superstar-receives-7000/?cmp=st#page8

Now the only question on our minds is .... How do we top this ! 🙂

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Evil 8 member Alfred Impicciatore' is a wanted "Man" after failing to show up to court to face chld rape charges.

The trial of one of the Perth men accused of involvement in a paedophile ring has been abandoned because he again failed to turn up to court.

Alfred John Impicciatore had been due to face a jury this week accused of sexually abusing a young girl who was pimped out to men for sex by her father.

Impicciatore had pleaded not guilty to four charges of sexually penetrating a child under 16, and one count of possessing child exploitation material.

A bench warrant was issued for his arrest yesterday when he failed to turn up to the District Court for his trial.

It was hoped the case could start today, but Judge Julie Wager vacated the trial after being told by prosecutor, Justin Whalley, Impicciatore had not yet been arrested, despite "concerted efforts to locate him".

Police are continuing to search for him and the trial is expected to be rescheduled when he is located.

It is not the first time Impicciatore has failed to answer his bail.

On at least four other occasions he has turned up late, or not appeared at all, leading to him being remanded in custody.

On one occasion he was granted bail after his lawyer said he had gone to hospital instead of court, because he suffered health and stress issues arising from the media and public attention on the case

Impicciatore last appeared in court for a directions hearing in April.

Imagine if you will now what would happen if a victim had done any of the things this Evil 8 member had done.

The defence would be screaming "right to speedy trial, Misstrial, coersion, collusion, arrest her...."

They would be in serious legal trouble if they pulled any of these stunts even once.

This vile thing has done it time and time again.

How many times does he have to show an utter disdain for our legal system ? How many times does he have to thumb his nose at our judges ?

Remember it took Derryn Hinch not removing a post on his webpage in a speedy enough manner for the judge to get 8 months behind bars....

Does the law not apply to accused child rapists ?

If you know where Alfred Impicciatore' is hiding from justice turn him in ! Someone MUST know where he is and you can be damn sure it will not be long before he strikes again at another child !

Why do alleged child rapists always get shown obscene amounts of leeway when it comes to breaking judges orders ?

If you know where he is turn him in before he hurts another child ! (A)

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Heartless Archbishop Denis Hart refuses to apologise to mother of girl who committed suicide due to the trauma of being abused by her local priest.

Archbishop Hart has refused to apologise to a 92-year-old mother for the sexual abuse a priest inflicted on her then teenage daughter, who later committed suicide.

Simply put to apologise is to admit guilt and because there is a justified compensation claim in this case the church will not even acknowledge the case has any validity, let alone give the grieving mother the apology she deserves, at the very least !

The Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart recently fronted the royal commission into child sex abuse to issue a series of apologies for the Catholic Church’s handling of a “tsunami” of cases but refused to even acknowledge that Eileen Piper’s daughter Stephanie had been sexually assaulted over several years by a disgraced former priest.

Ms Piper took her own life in Melbourne in 1994 after ­allegedly suffering sexual abuse between the ages of 15 and 18 when in a youth group run by Father Gerard Mulvale.

This is the trauma that survivors of child abuse face each and every day. Child rapists leave a lasting imprint on the minds of their victims that is comparable to post traumatic stress disorder similar to that experienced by frontline soldiers in wars.

After 23 years, her mother is still battling with the Melbourne archdiocese, which ­refuses to acknowledge the abuse of her daughter.

Mulvale, the priest who ­allegedly sexually abused Stephanie during her late teens, was sentenced to three years jail in 1995 for indecently assaulting two teenage boys who were in the same youth group.

3 years behind bars, he would have maybe served 1 year.... so many lives ruined, one life taken. This is why we say our nation does not have a justice system, but a legal one.

“I would just tell him to get down off his high horse and just stand in front of me and look me in the eye and just say ‘I am so sorry for what has happened’ — but he can’t do it and I want them to do it,” Mrs Piper said

“That is all I came for. If I get an apology it will be a big help and it will be good for Stephanie because they branded her a villain.

Sadly standard operating practice for the Catholic church and other ogranisations who put their "good name" ahead of the children's rights to not be abused and then get justice for their abuse, is to slander the victims and make people question everything they say.

“They have to right the wrongs, and I hope they do.”

Mrs Piper’s lawyer Judy Courtin said her client deserved more than an apology. “What Eileen deserves, and has a right to, is proper and ­adequate compensation,” Ms Courtin said. “If Stephanie was alive today she would be entitled to compensation. Sadly and tragically she is not.”

We at FACAA can only hope Mrs Piper and Ms Courtin get their apology and whatever compensation is available and Stephanie gets the justice she deserves. We hope the Catholic church are not only forced to pay up big but are also forced to issue a public apology.

Historically organisations like the Catholic Church have been shown to protect their "good name" at all costs, often to the detriment of children who were entrusted to their care.

Sadly this appears to be yet another example of them trying to protect themselves from legal action at the expense of justice, this time for a grieving mother.

They have already claimed the life of her daughter, what more will it take for them to just say they got it wrong ? (A)

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Sunrise's Sam Mac is coming to KMA for FACAA, the weather crew will be on hand and live at KMA HQ to do live crosses to the FACAA and KMA crew to talk about the charity and how we use martial arts like the ones we teach at KMA and other FACAA approved schools to help end child abuse once and for all by breaking the cycle one survivor at a time. ...

Sunrise are coming to KMA for FACAA !

May 24, 2017, 5:30am - May 23, 2017, 5:30pm

Sunrise's Sam Mac is coming to KMA for FACAA, the weather crew will be on hand and live at KMA HQ to do live crosses to the FACAA and KMA crew to talk about the charity and how we use martial arts like the ones we teach at KMA and other FACAA approved schools to help end child abuse once and for all by breaking the cycle one survivor at a time.

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A Foster “Carer” who repeatedly raped 2 children in his care has smiled at his victims while being given a 9 year sentence for his crimes.

A 36-YEAR-OLD Gladstone foster carer and youth worker has been sent to prison after pleading guilty to initiating and maintaining sexual relationships with two underage girls in his care.

Rougly translated a 36 year old foster carer and youth worker, someone trusted with the most vulnerable and at risk children has repeatedly raped 2 children in his care (that we know of) and been given 9 years.

He could have and should have received a maximum life sentence for his crimes. He should have been given nothing less.

Residential care children are some of the most vulnerable hurt and broken children in our system. They are the forgotten, the abandoned.

They are also the ones who can be most helped by a good residential care worker. This was not one of those workers.

He chose to abuse, he chose to groom and then when taken to court to face his crimes, he cried about his upbringing. Then he smiled at his victims..... yeah great remorse shown there.

I'm sorry but if you smile at your victims the argument of remorse and subsequent 30% reduction in your sentence, should be instantly wiped. In fact re-traumatizing your victims by smiling at them during court proceedings should result in a 30% addition in your sentence !

The offending took place over two, two-year periods, starting in 2010. Both victims were 12-years-old when he initiated the abuse.

Read the victim's story here: Victims traumatised for life, abuser gets nine years

The offender was aged between 29 and 34 at the time meaning there was a 16-year and 18-year age difference between himself and the two girls.

Judge Burnett said the offender carried out every sexual act with the two victims that was normal for two consenting adults, plus more.

He said he acted in a paedophilic way, grooming the relationship between himself and the victims.

"She was far too young to understand what you were seeking from her," Judge Burnett said.

The acts between the offender and the first victim came to an end when she was placed in other accommodation - a youth accommodation facility in Gladstone.

"That's where you were introduced to the second complainant," Judge Burnett said.

The man included deception with both victims, declaring his love for them and telling them he had terminal cancer.

Judge Burnett also referred to the offender's actions falsifying workplace documents to justify the amount of time he was spending with the victims and to a psychologist's analysis submitted by defence barrister, Scott Moon.

Mr Scott Moon, we at FACAA call major BS on your "Defence" fact is anyone who themselves was abused would not inflict that hell upon another soul, as long as they lived. Unless of course they were a total sociopath in which case thank you for making the argument that your client should never be released.

Judge Burnett said while the report outlined the offender's own issues, none of it showed cause as to why he had committed the offences.

"This is a significant breach of trust against socially vulnerable and dislocated young women," he said.

Thank you Judge Burnett, there was no cause as to why you would repeatedly rape children in your care.

"It's troubling that you did seek to portray (victim two) as the sexual aggressor." - Judge Burnett .... sadly your honour it is troubling but standard play book for these pathetic cowards.

"It's not my fault the 12 year old girl who I knew was vulnerable and broken came onto me after I groomed her and told her I loved her and threatened her" ..... Standard child rapist plea

The charges carried a maximum sentence of life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in July, 2020. Yeah sadly maximum sentences don't mean a damn thing to judges in cases of child abuse. Why we will never know....

HE took their virginity, their innocence and left them with a lifetime of post traumatic stress.

The Gladstone man pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday for maintaining sexual relationship with two children under the age of 16. Both were wards of the state at the time.

The victims, who had the courage to sit through the legal proceedings, spoke with The Morning Bulletin after their abuser received a nine and a half year jail term. He will be eligible for parole in July, 2020.

Victim one, who was 12-years-old and a foster child when the man first approached her, said while she felt good he was in jail, she was annoyed he didn't get a longer sentence.

"He sat there and smiled at us (during the court proceedings)," she said.

Where was Victim's Services QLD ? Where was the "Public defender" where was the judge, where was the damn Bailiff to slap this moron stupid for intimidating the witnesses in this case ?

Seriously... someone do your damn job and watch out for these girls..... and people wonder why FACAA runs our court escort program.

The girl had been placed in the man's home with his family and had initially felt safe and like she belonged to a family.

How wrong she was, now hear her side and understand why FACAA fight so hard to stop these monsters.

"I was a foster child since I was six and I was forever being moved from house to house. You can already understand the confusion a 12-year-old would be living. The confusion slowly stopped, life was going good."

That was before the abuse began in early 2010.

She said she has no self confidence as a result of the abuse, which took place over a two-year period about four times a week.

After about a year living in the house, the girl began self harming and not long after that, she was moved into the youth accommodation where the man also worked.

"When I think back to these events I often question myself if I will ever be able to recover the severe trauma and heartache I have experienced," she said.

"I have so much doubt and insecurities. I hate that the events had turned me into a different person. I was angry, violent, emotionally and physically unstable. I lashed out and didn't care anymore. I thought the world was against me.

This is why we fight, this is why we run the Phoenix Program. Speaking of which, as always if anyone knows these little girls please let them know that wherever they are now, we would love to try and help them 🙂

His defence included statements about his past, typical abuser rubbish and then he did this..... Mr Moon submitted a psychologist's report, which included a claim he was raped by three men while working in security.

However, the court heard the claim was never reported to police or any other officials as he was ashamed and humiliated about it. Mr Moon said it was around the same time as this that his other grandmother died, which added to his distress.

Mystery rape, new defence. So he was raped but never reported it until conveniently he is on trial for rape..... ahh yes what a shock that it is, coming out now..... lying sack of ..... you dishonour legitimate male rape victims everywhere with your lies and put their cause back years.. You Mr Moon are truly pathetic for trying this crap !

Never have we seen such utter cowardice before, not only does he take advantage of the most vulnerable in our society but he blames everyone for doing so, his childhood, his upbringing, his victim and now a mystery rape that just so happens to have never been reported, until it was needed of course. Even if he were raped and didn't report it... that is not an excuse to rape another.

But through all this pain he still manages to smile at his victims.... go figure.

Seriously just stop, you are a pathetic cowardly child rapist. You should be going behind bars for life you are doing 9 years maybe....

Sadly your name and identity were suppressed because we at FACAA would have loved making you famous....

Child rapists YOU are the cowards, YOU are to blame for your crimes, not your victims, not your families, not some mystery rapists......

Mr Moon please stop enabling child rapists by pushing these rubbish defences.....

We can only hope the young victims will find peace and purpose in their lives. We would love to help them do so. (A)

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NSW are reviewing their Working with Children Check.

FACAA will be submitting our submission on behalf of our awesome members.

Have your voice heard now !

The FACAA legal reform campaign team (We need a new name for that so any suggestions would be great) are at it again, this time we are putting forward a submission in regards to the current working with children checks in NSW.

Do you have any thoughts on the current system, any ideas on how it could be improved.

FACAA will already be going after the fact there is a way to appeal the denial of a working with children check on financial grounds and the fact that the need for a wwcc is not mandated by law.

If you have anything you would like to add to our submission please do so either in the comments or if you prefer over inboxes.

We would love to hear from you and trust me, your voices will be heard !

To date the FACAA Legal reform campaign team, led by our awesome author extraordinaire Genevieve, has successfully changed several laws and written an entire new section of law.

We will be continuing to do this until the system has been rebuilt and we have a justice system and not a legal one.

Join the fight !
Let us know what you think and we will include your ideas and suggestions into our submission, but please be quick, we only have until the 2nd of June.

Now is the time to make a real dfference. (A)

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