Regular poster GW has posted:
The Rainbow project tells me, to paraphrase;
– They have reviewed their records of meetings, reports and membership lists and have found no evidence of McGowan as a member
– The group has spoken to founding members, who confirmed that McGowan was not involved
– He has never been a member nor held any roles, or carried out roles for the group.
– The group has strict vetting procedures and all staff and volunteers are required to undergo “AccessNI” checks.
A 69 year old Derry man who groomed a 12 year old schoolboy for his own sexual desires is beginning an 18 months jail sentence after admitting a number of sexual abuse offences at Derry Crown Court.
Brendan McGowan, from Brewsters Close in the William Street area of the city, pleaded guilty to a total of nine charges, including indecent assault, committing an act of gross indecency with or towards the boy and inciting the boy to commit an act of gross indecency…
…The young victim was a fourth year in school when he realised what was happening was wrong and stopped seeing McGowan.
The court was told after not telling anyone for a number of years, he eventually reported the abuse to police when in May 2012.
The court also heard McGowan was a homosexual and had been to the forefront of setting up the Rainbow support group for gay people in the city.
Can anyone tell me if this is the same ‘Rainbow Support Group’ that is funded by BBC Children in Need, The Northern Ireland Police Force, Derry City Council (for whom Brenden McGowen worked as a swimming instructor), and The National Lottery, among others ?
Is it this Rainbow Support Group ?
The one that offers support for ‘gay’ children ?