I have been hailed a hero
(i don't think i am - just an ordinary person trying to muddle through complex challenges!)
My actions have been commended.
My choices have received praise.
Both from personal and professional sources.
Jesus' conviction stands eternally
as a symbol of love triumphing over evil.
Today, March 14th, my sentence complete
I wish to raise a memorial stone
in honour and in recognition of my conviction.
As a disciple of Jesus, it reflects his commission
for us all to resist evil, whatever the cost.
I, my family, my friends, my church
and so many members of the public
are proud of what I have done.
I, with the support of my loved ones,
and of families, whose children had been abused,
campaigned to stop a paedophile
having any further access to children.
I did this by writing alone,
on my blog, and to the authorities.
It is a cause of immense relief and peace that we succeeded.
The memorial stone I raise today
stands in testament
of what my conviction represents.
It creates a historical marker
to record for all time
that despite all the safeguarding structures in 2017
children still remain utterly vulnerable
to the predatory wiles of paedophiles
And those, like myself, who do their utmost
to save children from abuse, when all else has failed,
can be punished for doing so,
by our nation's flawed systems
This outrageous obliquity must be corrected.
I took a stand against evil.
It would have been
morally, religiously, socially and legally wrong
to have taken any other course of action.
I have, with God's gracious help, prevailed.
The truth has pronounced me innocent.
My family is now celebrating.
We have rid ourselves of the evil
with which our campaign has had to contend
in ensuring the paedophile could not harm any further
Because I chose to represent myself, we are not
facing tens of thousands of pounds of legal costs.
We are going to celebrate for a year
A full year of happiness and new adventures
Thank you, from the bottom of all our hearts
to all those whose messages of love and support
have uplifted us and blessed us.
if you want to read a fuller version of the story - read on.......
I am not alone....
THE BBC IS NOW REPORTED TO THE POLICE FOR TRYING TO STOP PAEDOPHILES
The Metropolitan Police issued a false and defamatory press release concerning my campaign to stop a paedophile, which they had to withdraw and quickly revise, although it is still defamatory and I have written asking for further revisions:
These are the correct facts that reporting restrictions and the restraining order allow me to disclose. As you read what has happened to me below, you will be in disbelief. But you may also come to realise quite what the public are up against, when trying to protect children.
The authorities and leading public figures do not appear to understand.
The most senior police child protection officer has recently said that those who view images of child abuse should not be prosecuted.
He claims it is because the police do not have the resources to cope with the numbers involved and are at saturation point. However, I suggest it is because their priorities represent a different agenda? The police and the CPS have declined to answer a freedom of information request to disclose how much money was spent on the investigation and the proceedings to try and stop my campaign to prevent a paedophile harming any further children. It has been estimated at hundreds of thousands of pounds.
It seems there is police money and resources to try and silence a good man from stopping a paedophile get access to children, but not to stop paedophiles viewing images of child abuse.
Meanwhile the Anglican Bishop Richard Chartres's diocese is under fire for a child sex abuse 'cover-up' with the child protection officer of the diocese refusing to give evidence in court about the abuse.
The Daily Mail reported: Judge Philip Katz lambasted the ‘utterly incompetent failure’ of ‘arrogant’ church leaders to protect young girls – and accused them of a cover-up. He said the diocese was ‘stone deaf’ to complaints from the victims and some of its leaders ‘seemed to be worried about the reputational damage to the diocese’.
The following will alert you to just how vulnerable our children remain, not just from the paedophiles, but from those in authority who fail to stop them and who instead act to silence the voices of 'ordinary citizens' like myself, who doing their public duty, protest and act to save the little ones.
So this is my story....
I knew a paedophile had abused more than several children.
last two years, I have been involved in a campaign to ensure the paedophile was
given no more access to children.
(I have lodged my application now for permission to appeal and the Court of Appeal has acknowledged receipt of it.
FOR THE LOVE OF CHILDREN AND FOR THEIR PROTECTION.
Here, the application, running to 487 pages, soaks in Divine Love on the altar of the chapel of St Francis, before being taken to be lodged at court.)
The context was complex and I had to take considerable risks, along with
families of children, who had been abused by him, to achieve this.
action was taken against me to stop me. Reporting restrictions and a
restraining order were put in place, preventing any information about the case
being known and preventing me continuing my campaign.
So far I
have been arrested four times, spent four days and three nights in police
cells, been interviewed for 13 hours and threatened with prison.
charged originally with harassment and convicted at Bexley Magistrates Court in
December 2015 and completed a 140 hour community hour sentence. I appealed
immediately and my conviction for harassment was finally quashed, after a year
of many court appearances, on appeal, at Woolwich Crown Court in December 2016
and the restraining order was lifted. It is therefore important to be clear,
that the police report suggesting that I have been convicted of harassment is
during 2016, I felt I had no option but to blog, trying to keep within the
restraining order, to try and stop the paedophile.
liaised throughout with the LADO structures, with the police investigating the
paedophile and with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse as well as
with the families of children who the paedophile has abused.
blogging succeeded in raising the necessary awareness and created a network
between the victims and empowered many to put concerted pressure on the
authorities. The result was that we
achieved our critical aim of ensuring the paedophile did not have access to
convicted on February 13th at Woolwich of four counts of breaching the
restraining order imposed upon me in 2015, but subsequently lifted in 2016. The jury
found it hard to reach a majority verdict but after 2 hours and 44 minutes,
reached a 10-2 majority verdict.
December, I wrote to the Truth Project of the Independent Inquiry into Child
Sexual Abuse about the danger of reporting restrictions and restraining orders
being used to obstruct those struggling to protect children from abuse.
safety of children is of paramount importance to me. I have spent a lifetime
working with children, and raise money every year for Save the Children,
through our Christmas Lights, and I feel aggrieved that in taking action to
protect them, I have fallen foul of the law, without ever wanting to do so.
I hope I will be vindicated and the truth will out.
been traumatic for me and for my family, as the emotional cost of taking this
action has been high.
I am proud of what I have done and my family are proud of me.
to what D.C. Brown originally posted, I did not appoint myself to be an
Archbishop, I was elected as Archbishop by the members of the Open Episcopal
Church in 2006.
are also proud of me and to show this,
I print some of their messages of support at the end of this press
crucified a common criminal for his ministry and beliefs and it is part of the
Christian tradition to be prepared to suffer injustice in the pursuit of the
of the restraining order and because of the reporting restrictions I am not
prepared to give interviews about this matter or provide any further details.
A selection of the
messages I have received from priests around the country:
You brave, courageous and wonderful man.
To stand up for the truth in the face of suppression and oppression
is truly an act of a pure heart.
have my fullest support always. God works through men like you. Keep up the
only do you have my FULL support and FAITH in your actions, I’m confident that
you have the support and faith of all in the OEC.
cannot imagine what you, your family and the other families have gone through
and are going through, fortunately most of us are not exposed to this horror.
Thank God there are brave enough people
around like you
to take action against
It has taken a lot for you to put this to paper and a lot personally to
follow 'the courage of your convictions' no matter what the cost.
Want to assure you of
our fullest support this end. Will be keeping you and your family in our
prayers and if there is anything
you need or anything you
think we can do to help then, please,
do not hesitate to ask.
What an absolute nightmare that you were left with no choice but to put yourselves on the line in this way to safeguard the children. Thank you for your bravery and for all those nights of loss of sleep. There is no doubt that you are being the best and most caring of Bishops and know that you will always shine a light of righteousness to an unjust situation. But It is unbelievable that you have been targeted for protecting children from danger and are being sanctioned for daring to share truths about real circumstances. And outrageous that you are having to be restrained in so many ways for exposing the ongoing abuse; the frustration and pain at this unfair system is unbearable.
I am so sorry that you and Annette and the family have had to go through this awful ordeal in the pursuit of justice for the safeguarding of children. You unquestionably have my full support and I am sure the support of all our sisters and brothers in the OEC.
You are in my heart as always.
I feel that most of us would not be brave enough to have taken the stance you have in face of all the opposition you have received but I am sure that in time the truth will come out and you will be proved to have been right in taking the action you did. Until that time you must take comfort in the fact that you can hold your head up high knowing that what you have done is right and justified.
I am proud to be part of a church that has you as our Archbishop . You are and always have been the most honourable, kind and caring person and we could not have a better person to lead us and I would not want anyone else to do so..
It is absolutely right that you should speak out against child abuse and identify the perpetrators. There have been too many cases where institutions have hidden abuse cases and they are now coming to light, not just churches but a variety of organisations. It is secrecy that perpetuates such abuse. If people do not speak out then the abuse continues. Well done for speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves.
I am sorry that you and Annette have suffered because of your belief of what is true and right. Be uplifted that you have saved others from further abuse. Therefore your efforts have not been in vain.
The institutions of GB are shown to be centres of abuse now and historically and the time has come to uncover and speak out. This allows victims to be empowered and to understand that they are blameless.
So dear Jonathan I applaud you for your bravery, your courage and sense of righteousness. As ever you have my support and love in Christ
As for all who work and fight for justice be it, personal, professional or societal, energy is needed and courage of conviction essential. Your words reflect a lightness and a freedom reborn in the fires of truth. For who you are and what you do, we are all blessed in your service. Much love and many blessings to you and your family dear Archbishop.
Others have sent me supportive messages also.
I just wanted to send
you an email as I saw the newspaper article and have since seen your side of
the story straight afterwards and the fact that the police have since
It sounds like you have been through absolute hell and I'm so
sorry that sometimes the good we do, causes us pain. Only know that God sees
the good in you and all that you tried to do and it will never go unnoticed by
Although it must be so hard, try and move on from this and
continue to be the kind and courageous man that you are.
What a joke. The justice system have this wrong. I've known Jonathan for years and he is a kind and caring person. He opens his home to anyone. I truly consider Jonathan Blake to be one of the kindest person' s I know. His 3 boys are lucky to have him as their father. I consider it a privilege to know Jonathan Blake.
Thank you for being brave for these poor abused children . Be proud. I know you always speak out where others would rather bury things.
I’m so sorry to hear that you have had to go through this ordeal in order to bring justice and protect vulnerable children, sending you a great big hug and my hope that this will all come right in the end.
A family for whom I am taking a Baptism, on reading about this wrote to me:
Jonathan we are thrilled to have you - keep up the good work x
I just need you to know I admire your courage and you have my support without a doubt.
As always I thank you for all that you do, and you can be assured that my trust in your work is as strong as ever.
This doesn't have any bearing on our decision to
have you lead our wedding service.
You have only tried to fight for justice for those unable to defend
themselves, and I'm sure most people would applaud that, even if the law does
Such a brave action, be proud, sending you love x
I would still love you to do our wedding, hope the stress becomes a distant memory soon x
We would still love for you to be involved in our service, we can only admire what you have done and what you have been through.
I am so sorry to hear of all the heartache you and your family have been through. To be falsely accused is unbearable and a lesser person would have been on their knees by now. There is always a cost to standing up - sadly the cost is often weighed up against standing up which often leads to things not being addressed. You can surely hold your head up - but the cost to your well-being and your family should not be underestimated by the rest of us. I am only too well aware of such costs.Know you are held closely in prayer, thought and high regard.
I had indeed seen some media reports and was of course
shocked to see your good name associated with restraining orders and such like!
And I of course assumed this must of all come with good reason.
Having read with interest your account and seen
the subsequent media and police ‘backtracking’ etc. I just wanted to assure you
that you have my full backing here and I wanted to say that my feelings are
that of admiration but not surprise that you should have put yourself in a such a
position to help others!
I would like to think that if faced with a
similar scenario myself I would act the in the same way to protect the interests of
children but whether I would be able to display the same level of bravery, when
faced with the personal consequences that potentially this could bring, is
another matter indeed!
I do hope things
are OK with you and your family? And l look forward to working with you again
soon. The feedback, thanks and good wishes I receive from families about you, is testament
to you and the excellent level of service you provide, and more importantly the care
that you give to those you help through such difficult times.
I did see the article but we are still more than happy for you to do our
service, there will be no embarrassment at all for us, or our guests, so please,
yes, we still want you.
We are so sorry that this has been happening in your life. We absolutely want you to be apart of our day, that has in no way changed.
Oh God bless you. Truth always conquers Jonathan. Well done for doing the right thing. Frankly the police thing appalls me. You have a friend in me in this struggle. Take comfort in the fact that in the court of God you have done justice to yourself for doing the right thing.
That is the most important court for all of us in the end.
My family and I want to thank you so much for the lovely service you gave, we realise you attended when you had so much going on and we appreciated your dedication. We will be following your challenges with interest. Keep up the good work against all that is evil.
Knowing you as a
person, I cannot imagine for a second that you would be pursuing this without
extremely good and justified reasons. I'm so pleased you continue to court controversy sourced
from the strength of your beliefs and actions. You quite simply wouldn't
be you to us without them!
The Evening Standard had run also with the false details the police first issued and I had put them on warning of a claim for defamation - they corrected parts of the article.
I also placed the News Shopper on notice of defamation proceedings for their defamatory article at:
They amended the article, in resolution of the matter, and carried a correction also at:
I wrote to the Daily Mail asking for certain corrections to avoid a claim for defamation. They altered parts of their article. I complained again, and they agreed to alter more. I have written again as some changes still need to be made.
I wrote to the Sun and they have altered parts of the article though changes still need to be made.
There were only two regional media outlets that ran a hard print copy of the story and only one of those was defamatory. They have since amended their copy. I am maintaining the pressure on all the media groups that are still responsible for defamatory material and have issued them with formal letters of claim in my pursuit of them to have their falsehoods corrected.
What is chilling, is that the media and the authorities, while knowing about my campaign to stop the paedophile, have not provided me with the support that is vital to encourage others, to be willing to do all that is necessary, within the law, to protect vulnerable children from abuse.
This is perverse, given the Daily Mail's report that it was the media who managed to expose the child abuse cover up in the Diocese of London. There are many examples, Savile and Rotherham included, where the tenacity of individuals succeeded where the authorities had failed. Having chided the media for their lack of support, it may well be, that their choice not to run with hard print copy exposes of the police version indicated they could smell a rat. Hopefully they may even now be investigating the corruption involved.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse began its first public hearing on 27.2.17 about historic child abuse. However, our society today is still not equipped and ready to ensure our children are kept safe and those who try, like myself, to do something about it, are left dangerously isolated and are made to pay a high price, for their work for the public good and in the public interest. I hope, in time, this will change and I hope that my ordeal will demonstrate the problems that still exist and that need to be overcome in the management and protection of those involved in stopping paedophiles gaining access to children.
My submission to the Truth project and to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, will I hope, prompt the necessary legislative and safeguarding changes, that are necessary to reform and improve the present structures. Any help that you, as a member of the public, can give to that end, would be significant and would help build a groundswell of pressure upon the authorities to act.
It is only when people become aware, just how vulnerable our children still are to be being abused, because of the prevarication and ulterior motives of adults, that they will be galvanised into action.
A crystal clear example of this is as follows:
If I am worried now that a child is at risk from a paedophile or is being abused by a paedophile, the government's advice is that I should contact the children's social care team of my local council and share my concerns.
the restraining order prohibits me doing this.
Does this make sense? No.
Is it justice? No.
Does it put children first? No.
Is it right? No.
A paedophile has been prevented from having access to children, because I refused to be silenced.
I and my family have been through hell though to achieve this. I cannot risk breaching the restraining order again, so that is why it is so essential that you, the public, step up to the mark, and continue the campaign for their protection, while I await the outcome of my appeal.
The future safety of our children, depends on you.
Marie Collins has quit the Vatican's child protection body. She said, the Guardian reports, that, the church’s most senior clerics continue to put “other concerns” before the safety of children and vulnerable adults.
“I find it impossible to listen to public statements about the deep concern in the church for the care of those whose lives have been blighted by abuse, yet to watch privately as a congregation in the Vatican refuses to even acknowledge their letters.”