I was a parish minister
a mandatory reporter

When my Elders remioved
an alleged offender

the victimisation process
against me was activated

It was worth it
to protect my congregation.

evil prospers
good people do nothing
Our institutions,
particularly our Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, temples
our schools - state or private
communuity and sporting groups
should have effective Child protection plicies
and anti bullying policies

with effective and well resourced protocols to respond to disclosures of sexual abuse
with the focus on protecting those under our care
not on protecting the institution as has occurred in the past.

Sexual abuse is a crime and should be reported to the Police
but that should not be a substitute for internal investigations
and suport to protect those under our care.