Friday, September 07, 2007

Gay couple left free to abuse boys - because social workers feared being branded homophobic

A homosexual foster couple were left free to sexually abuse vulnerable boys in their care because social workers feared being accused of discrimination if they investigated complaints, an inquiry concluded yesterday.

Craig Faunch and Ian Wathey were one of the first homosexual couples in the country to be officially approved as foster parents. They looked after 18 children in only 15 months. With no previous convictions, they came across as respectable men who simply wanted to help boys with a variety of problems. In reality, they were paedophiles, who repeatedly abused the children in their care.
Can it get worse?
Wathey, 42, was jailed for five years in June last year after being convicted of four counts of sexual activity with a child and one offence of causing a child to watch sexual activity.

Faunch, 33, received a six-year jail sentence after he was found guilty of five charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child and two of taking indecent photographs of a child.
And they were still approved as foster parents!
Imagine that!
The report, following an independent review of the case, said:
“One manager described the couple as ‘trophy carers’ which led to ’slack arrangements’ over placement.

“Another said that by virtue of their sexuality they had a ‘badge’ which made things less questionable.

“The sexual orientation of the men was a significant cause of people not ‘thinking the unthinkable’.

“It was clear that a number of staff were afraid of being thought homophobic.

“The fear of being discriminatory led them to fail to discriminate between the appropriate and the abusive.”


Josiah said...

I don't see what the point can't convict someone without definite proof. Because the men are gay, obviously they didn't want to be seen jumping the horse. You can't accuse people of being predators willy-nilly. I'd might even myself have not suspected a picture as suspicious if just one of the twins had one taken. Heck, I don't know how many pictures I had as a baby or a toddler in the bath or on the toilet. Little kids practically run out of their clothes at that age.

Look, child abuse goes unreported, ESPECIALLY in the foster care agencies, by straight and gay couples alike. We had a girl who had serious bruises on her legs as a foster child...her foster mother did this to her for years. Again, people probably had an idea about what was going on. The tragedy here is not that people are afraid of being branded "homophobic," but that they consistently ignore reports and clues of abuse, for fear of being wrong.

gcmwatch said...

Dear God, what a monstrosity! And they have the nerve to be smirking and smiling???

Anonymous said...

Studies show more heterosexuals sexually abuse children than homosexuals. I think this one case distorts your entire view, or any view for that matter.

gcmwatch said...

What studies? Where's the documentation? Please cite at least three in order to prove your assertion.

If you are using unnamed studies as a backdrop to accuse the writer of having a distorted view(s), then your comment is nothing more than a silly, juvenile backatcha.

As a matter of fact there is no mention or suggestion here that homosexuals have higher sexual abuse rates. Why do you feel so guilty every time a nasty story like this hits the media? Perhaps there is some substantial truth to it.