Two newspaper articles were published in The Age on 23 September 2013 by Chris Johnston, Senior Writer.
Sect leader to face 12 child sex counts
A Fairfax Media investigation has established senior members of the sect knew of the allegations yet promoted him, in 1991, to the senior position of ”worker”, or minister – meaning he was travelling throughout Victoria and Tasmania and staying in family homes as a ”missionary”.
Friends and enemies, truth and lies
They have no churches or headquarters, no written policies or doctrines. But this secretive Victorian-based religious sect is again in the spotlight for sexually abusing its own child members.
New Content: A concerned couple from Texas wrote to 43 overseers and several elders regarding child sexual abuse and sexual immorality among friends and workers:
Letter from USA Friends to Overseers and Elders – August 2013
New Content: WINGS is focused on child sexual abuse but we are deeply concerned about every type of abuse to children.
Several readers have asked for information related to child physical abuse (CPA), emotional abuse and neglect, so we’ve added a number of useful links here:
The redeveloped WINGS website was launched in February 2013. It uses the WordPress ‘Misty Lake’ Theme, which aims to have a clear modern layout and have a format that is suitable for mobile phone and tablet usage. If the layout seems strange, we suggest that you consider upgrading your browser to the latest version.
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Recent changes to the site since it was rewritten include adding several convicted offenders, 2 of them historical but they had been missed from the new site:
Doug Martin 2013 https://wingsfortruth.info/breaking-the-silence-2/convicted-csa-offenders/douglas-martin/
Anthony Siegel July 2012 https://wingsfortruth.info/breaking-the-silence-2/convicted-csa-offenders/anthony-siegel/
Ray Bullick – 1997 https://wingsfortruth.info/breaking-the-silence-2/convicted-csa-offenders/ray-bullick/
The Australian Royal Commission of Inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse started yesterday. We will post key items on the Wings website.
The Australian Federal Government has commenced a Royal Commission inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Australian institutions.
Comments can be found in the Royal Commission section of the WINGS forum
A Royal Commission has the highest possible powers and can require people to attend and give evidence.
The enquiry will take several years to be completed.
New Zealand worker Graham Thompson’s sermon at Auckland Special Meetings provides clear guidance for other workers. Criminal acts should be dealt with by the legal authorities and should not be hidden.
Read the notes here Sermon by New Zealand worker on dealing with CSA
A Government inquiry, into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations, has commenced in Victoria, Australia.
Submissions, which closed on 21 September 2012, are available here. Of the 370 submissions received by the Inquiry, 80 have been published with many more (both public and private) still being analysed by the Commission.
Details of hearings (which commenced in October 2012) and transcripts are available here.
New transcripts are provided after they have been checked by witnesses.