Together - more than bystanders
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Spotlight, indisputably the most important film to see, shows how, in 2002,  a group of journalists at The Boston Globe revealed that hundreds of children had been abused by Catholic priests in the Boston area. It was the first major newspaper reporting on clerical abuse in the US. It stunned the nation, indeed the world, and brought to public attention the protection of abusers by senior clerics and the silencing of victims and their families by the church and its lawyers.  

It took two outsiders - new editor Baron, who was from out of town and Jewish; and Garabedian, an Armenian - to see the seriousness of the issue and to take steps to bring the sexual abuse of children in to the clear light of day. So how is it that good men knew and did nothing, as the Globe reporters conceded, 'we published the story then buried it.'

Part of the answer is that most men do not want to stand out from the crowd; to break ranks and, many aren't prepared to whistle-blow. This can be a good thing. Men are stronger together. They have each other’s backs. The problem lies when they band together to conceal abuse; to look the other way; to keep the code of silence.  

Spotlight is a cautionary tale for us all. While non-Catholics might be tempted to walk away from the film with a tinge of self-righteousness, assuming that this is a Catholic problem, we only need be reminded of the weekly reports emerging from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.  

If there is any good news, even redemptive, it is this: you can change bystander behaviour. Our training helps people to effectively and safely call each other out; to confront abuses when they occur. Our workshops offer skill-building opportunities – helping men and women to a point of having many options for action with only one wrong answer – and that is 'to do nothing.’ 
To find our more about TP trainings visit our website or book TP by completing our online inquiry form 
Reminder of  training events coming up:

17 April – Karen Youth Group - St Andrew's Corio
24 Apr – Oakleigh Anglican Church ( Sponsored by Mothers Union Melbourne)
27 Apr – St Stephen’s & St Mary’s Mt Waverley (Sponsored by Mothers Union Melbourne) 
4  May – St Luke’s Frankston ( Sponsored by Mothers Union Melbourne)

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Think Prevent is edited by Rosemary McCoy and Jill Graham; information is issued by Kempster Consultants. The inclusion of information about events, links, and reports within the e-Newsletter is not necessarily endorsed or supported by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, its program partners Brotherhood of St Laurence or Anglicare Victoria

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