Anti-gay Christian group forced to pay out after ‘demoralising’ atmosphere drove worker to porn and a damaging stroke

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08/13/2020

A worker at an anti-gay Christian group has been awarded compensation after stressful working conditions drove him to watch pornography and suffer a stroke. Michael Bowker, 47, was the office national officer for Family Voice Australia, a Christian lobbying group which campaigned against same-sex marriage and sex work. He collapsed at work in April 2016 after watching pornography, which he said he used to combat the office culture of poor staff morale, high workload and long hours. He was awarded compensation on July 31 after the SA Employment Tribunal found that his stress levels at work “significantly contributed” to his brain hemorrhage. Bowker, a Christian who was born into a “seriously religious family” in South Africa, first came to rely upon pornography after witnessing a drive-by shooting in 1993. He began using it to regulate stress and had since “struggled with it for many years”.

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