John left Yea not long after the 1969 bush fires. John sought compensation from the Catholic Church Melbourne Response where he was acknowledged for a number of years as a survivor of abuse by Kevin O'Donnell. John's claim was stymied when his older brother Robert contacted the Church claiming that he had evidence that I was only in it for the money and cited events that occurred some 25 years after my abuse as being a part of his evidence.
Several attempts have been made to clarify and to pass on relevant information to O'Callaghan however his operation operates in a manner unlike anything that he described while giving evidence at the Royal Commission. More on this to come
Some time after the Royal Commission hearings in Ballarat I was contacted by Waller Legal on behalf of a victim. That conversation resulted in an offer from Waller legal to undertake a no obligation, free of charge review of the current status of my claim with the Melbourne Process. I received the result of that on 19 July 2016. The curious thing to note is that O'Callaghan appears to have dropped a mention of my brother Roberts' claim of my fraudulent claim and is now relying on statements made by my sister Janette (see link above for the full statement by O'Callaghan).
My sister Janette is some 4 years younger than I am. My abuse by nuns occurred before she was born. My abuse by O'Donnell occurred when she was around 4 years of age. As I understand it the statements she made (There is some doubt as to what occurred; as well access to evidence of these claims as O'Clallaghan claims issues in finding actual transcripts of interviews with siblings. A copy of my sisters' spurious, vague and at times false statement is available.)
As I understand it the way this has worked against me can only have come about through applying the same fallacy as O'Callaghan applied initially as it appears that the evidence claimed to exist by my brother Robert was in fact a reference to the claims of my sister Janette. Those claims as I understand it*
Initially O'Callaghan referenced the matters claimed by my brother Robert to be relevant in his determination that I had or had not been abused by O'Donnell. It was this referencing that was used in his initial turning down of my claim. As mentioned today that has moved to statements by my sister and obviously to be in compliance with Australian rules of law in regard evidence these statement would have to reference events before my abuse or relevant connected evidence that can be presented upon request for any events after my abuse by O'Donnell is relied on by the Melbourne Response.
Again because I have no right of access to see what Peter O'Callaghan claims is sufficient evidence then I am left to guess and to speculate that my siblings must be OK with Peter O'Callaghan's fraudulent process that denies the natural right to see the evidence.
*(there is no right of access to the evidence under the Catholic Melbourne Response - here I am left to speculate and to formulate only on the basis of what I can learn from others despite the process engaged in by O'Callaghan being against the rules of law in Australia.
What that means is that O'Callaghan can and does play games that could be referred to as 1000 questions and guess what we are talking about. It is an arduous process that lacks any veracity or morality. It gives a consistent picture of mobster and gangster style activity only this time that is being used to protect pedophiles within the catholic system.)
Brown Family The Parade Yea Victoria 3717
My parents were Kathleen Rose and Albert Joseph, we lived in the third house up from Pellissier Street directly across the road from the Catholic Church.
My siblings and I in birth order:
Jimmy (Leslie James deceased)
John Anthony :) thats me
Helen Patricia (Munro)
Eirene Veronica (Moore)
Philip James deceased
I feel you have been used by the Catholic system sufficient that it pollutes and denies access to justice, it does not provide open and responsible dialogue and has been disastrous for many years and will continue to be so whilst the issue remains open to question in the way it currently is.
I personally find the process to be damaging as well as immoral and it appalls me that your silence can be used to allow the appearance that you sanction in some way the repressive process of the Melbourne Response. The experience has shown quite starkly how closely related to so many suicides this has become and yet there is silence despite the many attempts to engage in meaningful non-adversarial conversation with a number of you. There has been no real attempt to engage, only silence, disapproval and back-stabbing behind the scenes along with further disconnection. Presumably I have missed some important unspoken, unstated, unwritten message or understanding that is assumed I should be aware of. How ludicrous and how childish it seems and of course in that most catholic of ways it appears that I should be shunned etc as a result.
While disapproval and disgrundlement persist and while no conversation takes place then it stands to reason that I get to publish this. I preferred for many years not to have to go to this level to be heard and acknowledged by my siblings. What a pity. What a shame.
And as I have mentioned to several that I have attempted to engage with "I do not do obviously bad psychology".
Later in life John married in Toowoomba only to find that he was related to the then bishop of Toowoomba Bill Morris. Morris was the head of the bishops conference and was the go to person in the country for survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and yet I was not able to get a time or a conversation with the bishop.
John Brown was born in Yea Victoria 3717 on 27 December, 1948. John grew up in Yea, he went to the Catholic school on The Parade Yea and then a final year at Yea High school in Station Street. He undertook an apprenticeship as a Hand and Machine Compositor/Linotype Mechanic at the local newspaper The Yea Chronicle who recently declined to publish John's story. John left Yea after realising that the proprietor and local policeman Bill Ellison along with other local Catholics in his hometown and surrounds at that time were well aware of his abuse and of the rape and abuse of other children in Yea and district and were aware of the many events surrounding the murder of Herbert Henry Kemp of Yea ...... read more and more and more and Site Map
Investigation of an unsolved murder in 1962 can no longer be investigated according to police taskforce SANO because a different pedophile Catholic clergyman who raped a child at age 8 is now dead. As a result of the dead rapist being unconnected with the murder Victorian police remain clue less.
Later in life John married in Toowoomba only to begin the most bizarre period in his life as he learned that he wasnow related by marriage to the then bishop of Toowoomba Bill Morris. Morris was the head of the bishops conference at that time and was the "Go to" person in the country for survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and yet I was never able to get a time or a conversation with the bishop. I did get conversations or connection with a number of Catholic organisations with varying degrees of weirdness some of which I have written about in my blog The FAQyMe gene & the lifelong search for safe, moral and ethical social justice, the Human Right to a trauma informed and evidence based recovery and social re-engagement unhindered by the fear, anger and blockages from other people's gods .
John is author and publisher of #TraumaTheory and regularly blogs at The FAQyMe gene on his journey, recovery and the horror and the scale of this global issue.
John's personal story is just another from the hundreds of millions of other stories across the globe eminating from the human rights abuses and ongoing horrors of the systemic rape, abuses of trust, fraud, deception and cover up in the global Catholic and other religions. Like those others his "issues in life" arose and remain simply because his abusers as a child were just like theirs in that their rapists and abusers were Catholic or Catholic or Christian clergy and they too remain ineligible or unable to have their human rights upheld in their lifetime..