Whistleblower on church abuse launched book

Published on 13 February 2020

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Peter Fox, the NSW policeman who spoke up for victims of abuse within the church and helped trigger a Royal Commission, will launch his book “Walking Towards Thunder” at Forster and Taree libraries this month.

Peter, a former Detective Chief Inspector with 36 years' police service in the Hunter region, rose to national prominence in 2012 for his major role in speaking out for the victims of abuse within the church.

He had been at the coalface fighting these heinous crimes for decades. He had worked with the victims and supported their families. He knew an enquiry was long overdue. His decision to become a whistle blower helped trigger Prime Minister Julia Gillard's historic decision to establish a far-reaching Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of children in institutions.

He had no idea what speaking up would unleash. Peter's dedication and focus cost him his career, his health and also affected his wife's health. He and his family were threatened. Former friends shunned him. But the victims and the families that he supported consider him their champion. To them he is a hero.

Walking Towards Thunder details the cumulative horrors our police face every day, revealing the cover ups and the way sexual predators were moved around. It shows the backlash he faced and the lengths those in power will go to avoid facing the truth. Confronting and inspiring, this is an unforgettable story.

Peter will speak at Taree Library on Thursday 20 February from 6pm and Forster Library on Saturday 22 February at 2pm. Bookings are essential, visit www.midcoastlibraries.com.au to secure your spot.