ANALYSIS: In just about an hour’s time, George Pell will learn if his appeal against his conviction for raping two 13-year-old choirboys has been successful. Even if it is, history will likely and rightly remember the former Catholic Archbishop of Australia as a child abuser, a rapist and enabler of other paedophile priests, writes Gary Johnston.
INTERVIEW: How does a victim survive child sexual abuse? Do they? Can they? These questions and many others are at the core of Andy Woodward’s breathtakingly honest memoir, ‘Position of Trust’, telling the horrific story of his years of abuse at the hands of Barry Bennell, an English football coach whose victims number in the hundreds, if not thousands. Gary Johnston with this interview and book review.
EXCLUSIVE: Scotland’s football abuse scandal is expected to explode with more details coming out that some coaches perhaps acted together in an organised paedophile ring, being moved on from club to club after raping and molesting young boys with big dreams of being professional footballers, writes Gary Johnston.
It’s the kind of story involving wealthy elites and claims of global paedophilia that most right-thinking people would have considered a conspiracy theory but with each day it seems there’s more murky details concerning Prince Andrew’s long friendship with the now-dead convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, writes Gary Johnston.