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What made Brett Cowan a paedophile and a rapist?
Tuesday, March 18, 2014


“There have been several media reports about the life story of convicted paedophile-murderer Brett Cowan, but no one has asked the key question: What prompted an intelligent boy from a good family to become sexually active at age eight and an abuser of other children at age nine?” FamilyVoice Australia research officer Ros Phillips said today.

“Brett is reported to have told his mum that he himself was not molested as a child. So where did he get the idea to do it to others?

“There is only one other possibility – pornography.

“An army reservist told me some years ago that army camps and bases were ‘awash with pornography’. I would hope that is no longer true – especially with our new laws against sexual harassment. But it seems to have been true in the 1970s when Brett Cowan, born in 1969, was growing up and running around the Enoggera army base,” Ros Phillips said.

“They didn’t have internet porn back then – but they had some fairly hardcore magazines, first allowed into Australia in 1971 by then customs minister Don Chipp. Some years later a distraught mother phoned me about her son, who had found some porn magazines in a public toilet. He later molested his younger sister.

“That family did not report their son to police. Indeed, as Brett Cowan discovered, paedophiles often get away with their crimes because of the embarrassment and shame suffered by the families involved, who do not want their child to suffer further from the publicity of a court trial.”

Ros Phillips said FamilyVoice had been speaking out about the serious harm done by pornography for the past 40 years – beginning in 1973 when Mary Whitehouse first visited Australia. “It is good to see that some people are beginning to say that Mary and Fred Nile were right all along,” Ros Phillips said.

“But what we need now is real action – beginning with porn filters at ISP level with the default switched to ‘on’. Malcolm Turnbull, are you listening?”

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