My current problems in the police state of Victoria began when I was dragged through psychological hell by the police here in 2016 to protect an ALP politician in government from doing the job of being a people’s representative.
On 9/11 this year, during the memorial service for your mother at your church, St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, things got worse. Click here for a detailed account. In a nutshell, when I tried to tell police that they had human rights responsibilities, (here I use the words of the Dean of the Cathedral written to me at 3.02 p.m. today AEST to describe what happened): “Victoria Police arrested you on the forecourt of the Cathedral. I believe that you have no reason to lie to me when you tell me that you were manhandled by the police in a way that you describe to be a low-grade sexual assault.”
Today I reluctantly agreed to meet the Dean at a building behind the cathedral to try to find a solution. He just wouldn’t even walk outside the building to a place one minutes walk away where discussion of human rights issues would have felt right to me.
A bit after 2.15 p.m. the Dean spoke to me about what happened to me at his church on 9/11 as if he didnt know what happened. 15 days after the event. It took 15 days for him to talk to a victim of sexual assault by police at the entrance to his cathedral. Anglican authorities who work closely with him were informed of the incident by me the following day (9/12), as I recall.
I exploded with anger at this point, about 2.20 p.m. today, at the Dean, and, shortly afterwards at the man who accompanied him. I wish I hadn’t, but I did. I had tried very hard to get the Dean to agree to meet at a more appropriate location for human rights issues, but the Dean just didn’t see how asking a man traumatised by sexual assualt to meet him at the complex of buildings where the assualt happened was gob smackingly insensitive.
And to day the Dean has written to me (3.02 p.m.) that the answer to this situation is to get the assault dealt with by complaining to the organisation whose personnel committed the crime.
Again, gob smackingly insensitive to me.
FYI, King Charles, I have begun formal complaints on human rights grounds to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission about both The Dean of St Paul’s conduct in response to police attacks on me at the entrance to the Cathedral and Archbishop Philip Freier’s conduct in response to the same police attacks on me at the entrance to the Cathedral.
Victoria Police might be treating Victorians worse now that they did when their predecessors persecuted Irishman Ned Kelly in the late 1800’s and turned him into a national hero.
It is very every healing for me in this time of a profound emotional trauma to commune with Ned:
It seems to me that two of your subordinates, the Dean and the Archbishop are in this matter not up to the job of treating a male victim of sexual assault with sensitivity and respect. I believe the story of their best and their worst makes compelling reading.
Will you tolerate the trashing of human rights at your mother’s memorial service without making any comment, King Charles?
What sort of king are you going to be ?
I’d rather plant environmentalist WW2 memorial trees with you than send an open letter like this.
But such is life.
Geoff Fox, 26th September, 2022, Down Under