Consumer group seeks Apprehended Violence Orders against members of the Australian Skeptics

After interim Apprehended Violence Orders [AVO’s] were granted against the Stop the AVN founder Daniel Rafaelle and member Dan Buzzard, the following news release was issued last October 2012 on the PRLog press release site.  The case against Peter Bowditch, a notorious “skeptic” crank, is pending a hearing in Australia later this year [2013].

Past president of the Australian Skeptics, Peter Bowditch, is to appear in court in early November [ED: 2012] to answer an application for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) lodged against him by the head of a consumer watchdog group.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release)Oct. 4, 2012

Past president and current committee member of the Australian Skeptics, Peter Bowditch, is to appear in court in early November to answer an application for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) lodged against him by the head of a consumer watchdog group. Two others, Daniel Rafaelle and Dan Buzzard, were issued interim AVO’s last week.

Meryl Dorey, President of the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), made the applications after enduring what she described as three years of violent threats, intimidation, and abuse. The three respondents are linked via a group calling itself ‘Stop the AVN’, founded by Rafaelle. Described as an offshoot of the Australian Skeptics, the group was awarded ‘Skeptic of the Year’ in 2010.

Rafaelle has publicly declared a deep hatred for Dorey over her work with AVN, and claims to be her ‘arch-nemesis’. He and fellow members have publicly discussed their aim to crush AVN, and Dorey herself, by any and all means.

Recently a series of threatening and abusive messages left on Dorey’s home phone were traced to Rafaelle’s home. He was questioned by police but denied making the calls. This occurred following a series of anonymous threats, violent pornographic images, and abuse received by Dorey.

Australian Skeptics issued a statement after the AVO applications were lodged, denouncing abusive and threatening behaviour amongst its members.

More information can be read at the following links:

Interim orders granted
http://nocompulsoryvaccination.com/2012/09/27/interim-avos-granted-against-savn-founder-and-member/

Most recent threats
http://nocompulsoryvaccination.com/2012/09/27/thou-doth-protest-too-much/

Listen to the messages from Rafaelle’s home phone

http://nocompulsoryvaccination.com/2012/09/30/the-voice-of-terror-please-help-catch-this-….

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Science Illiterates, Quackbuster & “Skeptic” Thugs and Bullies Get Kicking “Down-Under”

The anti-safety vaccine lobby galloping in red tunics and full cry with hounds let loose and running blind fell off the precipice and crashed into a bloodied pile in the deep Gorge of Stupidity down under in Australia.  You can read about it here: Will the real Australian sceptics please step forward?

Yep, the mixed bag of various cranks and the kinds of nutters who follow the seemingly mathematically challenged “scientist” Dr David “Orac” Gorski did what they are best at.

Unhappy about Ms Meryl Dorey’s excellent work in Australia telling people the truth about how ineffective and unsafe vaccines can be for children and others, they started a legal case to attack her new venture “The Real Australian Sceptics“. 

They claimed “Australian Skeptics” was their trademark [and so ignorant they even cannot spell “sceptic”] but just like their spelling failed to take into account what a trademark is and that they don’t have one.  In a remarkable piece of “dumb-assed” cussedness they got themselves and their legal case trashed comprehensively.

Clearly one must be sceptical about “skeptics” [and probably a whole lot more than just that].

And is “thugs and bullies” an appropriate term?  The Bolen Report spelt that out in technicolour recently. 

You can read about it here: Australian Skeptics Dragged into Court over Rape, Mutilation,  and Death Threats Against the Australian Vaccination Network Leadership… Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen  Sunday, October 14th,  2012.

Such nice people.