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This post builds on my post of last Monday: Australia Leads With Long-term Tough Royal Commission On Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. Posted by Barry Pittard on March 4, 2013.
The Australian child abuse Royal Commission is now in operation, and may be so for beyond the originally bruited three years. Organizations like the Sathya Sai Organization of Australia will have much to cause a soul-search. And to writhe – somewhat as the ‘guilty creatures at a play’ in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’.
The Commissioners: (left to right) Mr Bob Atkinson AO APM, Professor Helen Milroy, Justice Peter McClellan AM (Chair), Justice Jennifer Coate, Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM and Mr Andrew Murray.
What could not be accomplished by our two decades of relentless exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his authoritarian, secretive international cult can now, trustfully, and in some measure, be accomplished by an exceptionally distinguished group of commissioners.
Little will please me better than to write a submission to the Royal Commission, and to aid Australian victims of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult in our bringing forth some of our primary witnesses, who will be able to represent their terrible experiences to the commission. It is an historic opportunity, with the potential to turn back some of the great but hidden floods of lifelong grief and suffering that sexual abuse of children brings. The commissioners have professional track records in treating victims with compassion, sensitivity and confidentiality. Witnesses will have their voices heard in a way – in writing or in person – which, in many countries around the world, the Sathya Sai Organization has utterly and cruelly denied to them.
We who have internationally exposed Sathya Sai Baba and his cult have fought a long, terribly uphill battle. Despite marked successes in leading world fora, such as the UN and some of the world’s quality print, radio and television media, we have lacked the sort of opportunities that a Royal Commission affords. On Monday, I wrote:
Indictingly, all our societies have taken tragic years to grapple meaningfully with child sexual abuse. Trustfully, the Australian Royal Commission into child abuse – expected to last at least three years – will prove not only a great turning point for Australia but (along with Ireland) inspire the rest of the world in combatting the evil of child sexual abuse. And of course, that other evil – which is for most people to shut up and say nothing about it. See: Australian Royal Commission To Probe Institutional Handling Of Child Sexual Abuse. Posted by Barry Pittard on November 14, 2012.
The commissioners will see our good credentials in our wider communities, trades and professions. They will see our long and unrelenting track record in standing forth – no matter what the Sathya Sai cult’s dreadful slurs. Notoriously, cults suppress the truth, and viciously attack those who in the least question their guru or their activities. They cry ‘truth’, ‘love’, ‘peace’, and yet they suppress their own humanity, abandon commonsense and decency, and shatter lives. They assume the worst of former members whom once over the years they knew as persons of integrity, dedication and unselfish serviceableness. How can the deeply complicit leaders of the international Sathya Sai Organization reasonably say that theirs is a spiritual organization?
I know that, in all my many writings in this blog and elsewhere, and in communicating with former Sathya Sai Baba devotees and other critics, and in representations to a great many institutions worldwide, not a syllable have I uttered that is knowingly untrue. I invite my reader to click on ANY page and defy them to find other than temperate and reasonable commentary – in marked contrast to those in the Sathya Sai Organization who have pilloried many former Sathya Sai Baba followers. Paramount has been exhaustive, careful, often first-hand documentation of our evidence. Those who are intelligent and unbiassed cannot assail these actions and those of my trusted colleagues such as the late Glen Meloy, Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Serguei Badaev, Alexander Nagel, and, most recently, after years of public silence, Eileen Weed (who, as Divya, lived for many years at Sai Baba’s Puttaparthi ashram, and was very close to Sai Baba sister, Venkamma).
Alas, we have lacked means or time or energy to sue the Sathya Sai Organization or individual followers. For over two decades, we have withstood an almost unimaginable onslaught of Sai cult defamation and libel. Media investigators, institutions like UNESCO, scholars and the public have seen this. The Sai cult’s dastardliness has, ironically, much furthered our cause. Proper conduct from us, and unconscienable behavior from those such as the world deputy head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Dr G. Venkataraman and the especially vindictive and destructive person supported by many Sai devotees, the late Gerald Moreno. Some former Sai devotees have not wanted to sue, even had they the means. They have taken the view expressed, e.g., in Christianity, as “take not thy brother to court”. Others have said that they did not want to go ahead unless as witnesses in court cases in democratic jurisdictions. Many others have been too frightened to come out because of social stigmas and taboos. With a vice-like grip, their perceptions drove them to think that they would be militated against in business, places of employment or study, of institution, and within family and friendship settings. All too many have not accepted offers, as is, alas, the case universally, even of the most competent and experienced professional counseling, which we went to much effort to source and organize.
I invite all who wish to support our Australian effort to make the Australian Sathya Sai Organization accountable to contact me, with confidentiality assurred, via: bpittard (at) westnet.com.au
Some Key Resources
Updates on the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse
16 January 2013On Friday 11 January 2013, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia appointed a six-member Royal Commission to investigate Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Honourable Justice Peter McClellan has been appointed Chair of the Commission. The following documents will provide further information on the Royal Commission and how it will work:
For more information visit Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual AbuseLink to external website website.
Content Updated: 24 January 2013
An Early Community Response
Updated Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:59am AEDT
Updated Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:59am AEDT
Scouts Australia is referring a file on a 1980s scout leader to the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
Scout leader Paul Hayes, also known by his scout name Grizzly, was accused of interfering with eight boys over a 20-month period in Canberra and Sydney.
Victim Steven Cox, who was abused by Hayes, says he is disgusted with the Scouts for failing to report the matters to police.
He has accused the association of putting its reputation ahead of the welfare of the children in its care.
Mr Cox says he has found internal Scout documents that show at least eight other complaints were lodged against the paedophile.
“It’s just a cover-up. That’s all it was – it was a cover-up to protect the Scouts’ name and keep it all quiet so it never got out anywhere,” he said.
That’s all it was – it was a cover-up to protect the Scouts’ name and keep it all quiet so it never got out anywhere.
To me they’re just as guilty as him. They may not have done the abuse, but they knew all about him and did nothing.
“To me they’re just as guilty as him. They may not have done the abuse, but they knew all about him and did nothing.”