Selected news from Canada and around the world.
January 20, 2012 CBC News – Centre for victims of child abuse gets funding – The federal government and major Toronto donors have announced about $800,000 in funding for a centre designed to help victims of child abuse in the GTA. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and two other donors announced the money Friday for the city’s first Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.
January 9, 2012 Penn Live.com – A case of awareness: Sandusky scandal could help abuse victims – Nationwide, more victims of child sexual abuse are finding the strength to step forward and tell their stories. Counselors, lawyers, help lines and law enforcement are seeing an uptick in people revealing their childhood abuse.
January 8, 2012 CBC News – Archbishop writes parishioners about Lahey case – Archbishop Martin Currie has issued a message to Newfoundland and Labrador parishioners about the Raymond Lahey child pornography case, expressing “sadness, disappointment and anger” and urging the Catholic community to learn from the situation and move forward.
January 5, 2012 Inside Halton – SAVIS now assists male survivors of sexual abuse – The Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Service of Halton (SAVIS) has extended services to male survivors of sexual abuse through a two-year pilot project.
January 5, 2012 Herald News – Abuse victim worries others will lose heart – Philip Latimer spent Wednesday afternoon digesting what disgraced Roman Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey’s sentence means for himself and other victims of sexual abuse.
January 4, 2012 CBC News – Bishop Lahey gets time served for child porn – Raymond Lahey, the disgraced Roman Catholic bishop who admitted he was addicted to looking at child pornography, has been released from prison after being sentenced to time served. He was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison and two years probation but received a two-for-one credit for time served. Lahey pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography for the purposes of importation to Canada.
December 31, 2011 CBC News – Former Scout leader faces more sexual assault charges – Winnipeg police have laid additional sexual assault charges against a 39-year-old Winnipeg man who led an outdoor program for Scouts Canada. Stuart Garrett Young was first charged in August with the sexual exploitation and assault of a teenage boy from Winnipeg. Police said he committed the alleged offences between May 2009 and May 2011.
December 26, 2011 Global News (Video) – Toronto police look for suspect in girl’s alleged abduction, sex assault – Toronto police are looking for a male suspect who allegedly abducted a young girl from her home and sexually assaulted her early this morning. Police say the man entered a residence in the area of Bathurst Street and Wilson Avenue about 3 AM.
December 18, 2011 CBC News – Scouts abuse victim speaks out – Scouts Canada’s recent decision not to enforce confidentiality clauses signed with sex-assault victims could spark a conversation and help relieve some of the “shame and secrecy” many victims have been living with for years, says an Ontario man who says he was abused by a scout leader. But Terry Gillespie, who is making his identity public for the first time, says victims of sexual assault shouldn’t have to deal with the limits of a confidentiality agreement if they want to speak about their experience.
December 16, 2011 CBC News – Dutch archbishop apologizes as report says thousands abused – Thousands of children suffered sexual abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions, and church officials knew about the abuse but failed to adequately address it or help the victims, according to a long-awaited investigation released Friday. Archbishop of Utrecht Wim Eijk apologized to victims on behalf of the entire Dutch Catholic organization and said the report “fills us with shame and sorrow.”
December 15, 2011 The Province – Sheldon Kennedy abuse at hands of Graham James has fallout beyond the expected – The conversation happened over 20 years ago and it still sticks to me. “Do you know what’s going on with Graham and Sheldon?” Lynch asked, before describing the pattern of abuse that Kennedy would make public some eight years later.
December 15, 2011 CBC News – Sex offender facing charges over B.C. teen deaths – Convicted sex offender Martin Tremblay was formally charged in relation to the deaths of teenagers Kayla Lalonde and Martha Jackson in a Vancouver court on Thursday. Tremblay, 45 has been charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing death, two counts of failing to provide the necessities of life and two counts of obstruction of justice.
December 14, 2011 Ombudsman Ontario – Government failing to support police watchdog, uphold law: Ombudsman – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today renewed his call for effective legislation to support the province’s police watchdog, after his latest investigation found the responsible ministry has actively undermined it. Rather than ensuring the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is able to fulfill its difficult role as Canada’s only fully independent civilian police oversight body, the Ministry of the Attorney General has sought to avoid controversy, Mr. Marin concludes in his report, Oversight Undermined.
December 14, 2011 Huffington Post – University of Vermont Frat Asks Members: Who Would You Like To Rape?– A University of Vermont fraternity has been suspended while school officials, national organization leaders and police investigate allegations that a survey was circulated among members asking them who they would like to rape. Members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter would not discuss the allegations Wednesday.
December 13, 2011 CBC New – Former NHLer Kennedy tells U.S. to speak up against child sex abuse – Canada’s Sheldon Kennedy stepped into the American spotlight on Tuesday, the victim of a sexual predator making a Capitol Hill appearance to urge U.S. lawmakers to “empower” anyone who suspects children are being sexually abused.
December 10, 2011 Psychology Today – Child Sexual Abuse: Ten Ways to Protect Your Kids – With recent publicity on sexual abuse allegations, now is the time to talk about things that parents can do to reduce the risk of their children being assaulted. People are beginning to understand and talk about how sex offenders can be a friend or a family member. The Penn State and Syracuse scandals have broken our denial about how famous, powerful, and revered people cannot possibly be offenders. Now that we are more aware of the problem as a society, we need to take steps to protect children from further abuse.
December 9, 2011 CBC News – Scouts Canada willing to lift confidentiality clauses – When pressed on the matter, Kent said that the organization is willing to lift controversial confidentiality clauses contained in some of its out-of-court settlements with child sex-abuse victims. Scouts Canada has been criticized for including conditions that barred victims from revealing the existence of settlements in many cases but went as far as to forbid any mention of the abuse. Some victims felt muzzled and confused by the agreements.
December 8, 2011 CBC News – Scouts Canada apologizes to sex abuse victims – Scouts Canada issued a blanket apology Thursday to any former scouts who were sexually abused by its volunteer leaders. The youth organization also announced that it has hired an outside company to review its past records and appointed an expert panel to examine whether its current child protection policies are working.
December 8, 2011 Calgary Herald –Theo Fleury criticizes justice system after former junior coach Graham James pleads guilty to sexual assaults – Former Calgary Flame Theoren Fleury lashed out at politicians and the Canadian justice system for failing to protect children, after disgraced coach Graham James pleaded guilty to charges relating to sexually assaulting the ex-NHL star and an unnamed victim. Fleury told reporters at a Calgary news conference Wednesday that he “feels great” but expressed disappointment with the ongoing sexual abuse of children.
December 7, 2011 theofleury14.com – Press Release – Today convicted pedophile Graham James pled guilty to in a Winnipeg courtroom to sexually assaulting Theo Fleury as an adolescent. “Graham James pled guilty years ago, and then he was granted a pardon, after he was found in Mexico and brought back to Canada on these charges he was given bail, then plea bargained for 14 months – this is what the mighty Canadian justice system allowed a previously convicted child rapist to do.
December 7, 2011 CBC News – Graham James pleads guilty to sex assaults – Former junior hockey coach and convicted sex offender Graham James has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two of the players he coached in the 1980s and early ’90s, including former NHL star Theoren Fleury. James entered the guilty pleas in a Winnipeg courtroom on Wednesday afternoon. He and his lawyer appeared in court via video link from Montreal, where James currently lives.
December 7, 2011 Feministing – PA Liquor Control Board to teens: Rape is your fault, and your friends’ fault!– The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board recently released a new ad campaign, Control Tonight, that attempts to curb teen drinking. Their case? Don’t drink too much, or else you’ll get raped, but hey–that’s your fault, because we warned you!
December 2, 2011 CBC News – Alberta foster care supervisor faces child porn charges – An Alberta foster care supervisor is facing child pornography charges. Daniel Quiring Stoesz, 62, of Lac La Biche is charged with possessing and making available child pornography. Police began investigating after receiving information from the FBI in Connecticut about someone distributing child pornography over the internet from a home in Lac La Biche.
December 1, 2011 CBC News – Female teacher faces sex charges in Langley, B.C. – An elementary school teacher in Langley, B.C., has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference of one of her former students. Deborah Ralph, 57, allegedly assaulted a male student between December 1998 and June 2001.
December 1, 2011 CBC News – Penn State promises reforms, donations – Penn State University officials have vowed to increase transparency and ethical standards and plan to donate $1.5 million US in bowl proceeds to a pair of sex-crime advocacy organizations in the wake of shocking sex-abuse allegations levied against the school’s once-revered assistant football coach.
December 1, 2011 Winnipeg Free Press – Rape-case ‘Don Juan’ wins retrial – Manitoba’s highest court has ordered a new trial in a controversial rape case that sparked national outrage and put a judge’s remarks under fire. Kenneth Rhodes learned Wednesday his bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction was successful. The three Appeal Court judges said they would be issuing written reasons for their decision at a later date.
November 25, 2011 YWCA Toronto – Canadian Women Vulnerable to Violence – Violence and poverty – whether individual acts or practiced systemic policy – disproportionately affect women in Canada and make women’s lives more unsafe.
November 21, 2011 The Vancouver Sun – Male abuse victims find few support networks – An estimated one in six Canadian men have been victims of sexual abuse before the age of 18. These men are haunted; some have uncontrollable fits of rage; and a disproportionate number of them are believed to be filling this country’s prisons. But despite the toll such abuse has taken, victims and experts say there is still a lack of resources directed toward men, and that male victims face a unique stigma.
November 18, 2011 ***TRIGGER WARNING*** Huffington Post – I Didn’t Tell! – The Penn State scandal is keeping child sexual abuse in the headlines and in our national conversation like nothing else ever has.
November 18, 2011 Huffington Post – There Are Victims in the Penn State Tragedy, Not “Accusers” – At least one positive development has emerged from the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. In news and commentary about that tragic case, the victims are actually being referred to as “victims.” While it’s easy to find references to “Jerry Sandusky’s accusers,” it is perhaps equally as likely to read and hear about “Sandusky’s victims.”
November 18, 2011 Calgary Herald – Victims get ‘third option’ in reporting sexual assault – Victims of sexual assault in Calgary will now have up to a year to decide whether to report the crime to police, thanks to a pilot project involving medical staff, police and prosecutors. The initiative gives sex assault victims up to a year to decide if they want forensic evidence collected during a medical exam to be passed onto police, a third option in addition to making an immediate decision to involve police or not.
November 18, 2011 Feministing – Secret Survivors: Breaking the silence around child sexual abuse – I believe that one of the most powerful ways to combat an epidemic like this one is for survivors to tell their stories–for folks to break the silence. It shows how common this really is, gives others the courage to speak out and even escape abusive situations. A new documentary project is in the works that does just that: Secret Survivors.
November 17, 2011 Ms. Magazine – Penn State Teaches Rape Culture 101 – A man sexually assaults children. Witnesses are appalled. But no one tells anyone outside their tight circle. The assailant is eventually accused of attacking eight boys. Yet members of the community rally around the perpetrator and those who protected him.
November 17, 2011 CBC News – More evidence emerges on Scouts Canada ‘confidential list’ – More details are emerging about a “confidential list” Scouts Canada kept over the course of numerous decades that documented pedophiles who entered its ranks, including a form that was used to bar them from re-entry. Scouts Canada CEO Janet Yale has stated that the youth organization doesn’t keep records about suspected abuse or misbehavior by volunteer leaders, but does keep files “of a confidential nature” about those suspended or terminated.
November 17, 2011 Los Angeles Times – Molester helped cast child actors – News that a registered sex offender worked under another name raises questions for studios and police.
November 16, 2011 CTV News – Ottawa group for male sex abuse victims loses funding – Ontario’s only group for male survivors of sexual abuse is closing after losing provincial funding.Ottawa-based The Men’s Project said it will close in March after finding out its $200,000 in funding will be cut.
November 16, 2011 CBC News – Teens in superhero garb confront online predators – Three teenagers clad in superhero costumes lured men seeking underage girls for sex out into the open in Chilliwack, B.C., capturing the encounters on hidden cameras and putting them online. In one encounter, the teens lured a man — who thought he had been corresponding online with a 15-year-old girl — to a restaurant, and two of the teens confronted him while wearing Batman and Flash costumes.
November 13, 2011 Fox Sports – Gov.: McQueary failed ‘moral obligation’ – The Penn State football coach who told a grand jury that he saw another coach molest a child failed to meet “a moral obligation” to intervene, Pennsylvania’s governor said Sunday, adding that he expects more victims to come forward.
November 11, 2011 ABC News – Penn State Scandal: Mother of Alleged Victim Says Son Was Afraid to Tell Sandusky ‘No’ – The mother of the boy who triggered the investigation into Jerry Sandusky’s alleged child sex assaults says that during the years of abuse the boy suffered he felt he didn’t have the power to say no to the former Penn State football coach.
November 11, 2011 MSNBC – When abusers are ‘like us,’ how can they be stopped? – For people in the business of protecting children, the allegations against Jerry Sandusky are sadly predictable. While many were shocked that a well-regarded member of the football community could be accused of child sex abuse, professionals in the field say convicted offenders often appear similarly upstanding until they are caught.
November 10, 2011 ***TRIGGER WARNING*** Fox News – Don’t Be an Enabler – When a Child Is Abused, Here’s What to Do – Allegations of child sexual abuse by a former assistant football coach at Penn State University have dominated the news this week. On Wednesday legendary football coach Joe Paterno released a statement in which he said, “With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” How lame is that, coach? I don’t want to hear any more “benefit of hindsight” excuses. So let’s be clear about what you should do if you learn that a child is being sexually abused. Print this out, post it on your bulletin board, and make sure everyone in your family, company, or organization knows how to respond to child sexual abuse.
November 10, 2011 City News Toronto – Penn State sex abuse scandal conjures terrible memories for victims – Former NHL star Theo Fleury, who was abused at the hands of a former hockey coach, says the Penn State scandal is yet another reminder of the frightening prevalence of pedophilia in society. “I wasn’t surprised at all,” he told CityNews on Thursday. “This is the biggest epidemic we have on the planet today. When a quarter of the earth’s population before the age of 18 years old has been sexually molested, we have a huge problem on our hands.”
November 9, 2011 The Washington Post – Joe Paterno fired as football coach at Penn State – John P. Surma, the vice chairman of the board, delivered the news before a packed news conference at a hotel on the outskirts of town just after 10 p.m., with an audible gasp and several shrieks going up from the mixture of local and national media members and curious onlookers. “Joe Paterno,” Surma said, “is no longer the head football coach, effective immediately.” With that, the child sex-abuse scandal surrounding a longtime Paterno lieutenant reached its emotional peak
November 9, 2011 Feministing.com – Penn State Coach Joe Paterno to retire at end of season – Amid allegations that Penn State University covered up years of sexual abuse by one of its football coaches, Head Coach Joe Paterno will “retire” at the end of this season.
November 9, 2011 CNN.com – The myth of the ‘monster’ pedophile– When I began working in the field of sexual and domestic violence prevention in 1995, I was stunned to find that more than 80% of rape survivors know the men who attack them. The vast majority of sexual predators rely on an insidiously derived trust that not only provides access to their victims, but works to maintain their anonymity even in the light of day. They often stand on a broader, established reputation and use threats and gifts to maintain their victims’ silence.
November 7, 2011 The Washington Post – Penn State abuse scandal and what parents can do – We often support the attachments our children make with caring adults in their lives, whether they be teachers, coaches or other authority figures. But what happens when those adults shouldn’t be trusted? Worse, what happens when the adults around them may suspect a problem, as may have been the case at Penn State, but don’t speak up?
November 7, 2011 Feministing.com – Facebook removes rape “joke” pages – It only took two long months, over 186,000 signatures on a petition to Mark Zuckerberg, and finally a furious Twitter campaign to get Facebook to remove Pages that graphically celebrated and encouraged rape and sexual violence.
November 3, 2011 National Post – Sex abuse researchers tout rehab, not prison– As North America’s top experts on sex abuse gather in Toronto this week, a philosophical debate about how to treat some of society’s most reviled criminals is coming into stark focus. The U.S. and Canadian specialists converging for their annual meeting say evidence is mounting that a “public health” approach centred on treatment, rather than lengthy incarceration, stands the best chance of curbing the sex offenders’ fearful urges and protecting the public.
November 2, 2011 CBC News – WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange loses extradition appeal – Time seems to be running out for Julian Assange, whose long battle to avoid extradition to Sweden over suspected rape and molestation cases appears likely to end in failure unless he can get Britain’s highest court to hear an appeal.
November 1, 2011 The Christian Science Monitor – Faced by threat of a sexual assault? There’s an app for that – Young people concerned about sexual assault will soon have some technological tools that may help. On Tuesday, Vice President Joseph Biden announced the winners of the “Apps Against Abuse” challenge that he launched in July with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in an effort to harness mobile technology to fight sexual abuse. The two winning apps – “Circle of 6” and “OnWatch” – both offer users immediate ways to get help and let friends know they’re in trouble and where they are.
November 1, 2011 The Vancouver Sun – Women’s legal group seeks status in ‘clumsy Don Juan’ appeal – A national legal group hopes to convince the Manitoba Court of Appeal to uphold the conviction of a rapist infamously dubbed a “clumsy Don Juan” by a Manitoba judge. On Thursday, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) will ask an appeal judge for intervener status in the case of Kenneth Rhodes, in light of “systemic issues” that it says prejudice judges and juries against female survivors of sexual violence.
October 31, 2011 The Toronto Star – Dangerous offender designation for man who kidnapped 12-year-old girl – A former Toronto resident convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Peterborough has been declared a dangerous offender. The designation, reserved for Canada’s most violent criminals, means Stanley Tippett could be jailed indefinitely.
October 26, 2011 The Montreal Gazette – Vancouver Police Department warns of high-risk sex offender – Vancouver Police have issued a public warning about a high-risk sex offender. Frank William Skani, 33, served 10 years for sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement and property crime-related offences in federal jail.
October 25, 2011 CBC News – Boy scout abuse victims seek justice – More than a dozen men who say they are victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a former priest and boy scout leader in northwestern Ontario are pursuing criminal charges. But it’s not clear whether they will proceed to court.
October 23, 2011 CBC News – VIDEO: Scouts abuse cases covered by confidentiality agreements – CBC News has discovered there have been more than 13 civil suits alleging Scouts Canada failed to protect children from abuse but the cases were settled out of court and are covered by confidentiality agreements.
October 22, 2011 Times Colonist – Supporting kids after sex abuse – Sexually abused children deserve the best possible response from our society, and abusers deserve to be held to account. Both goals would be achieved if the provincial government funds the proposed ORCA Children’s Advocacy Centre for this region as a pilot project for the province.
October 21, 2011 CBC News – Scouts failed to stop sexual predator: CBC investigation – Boy Scouts of America leaders knew for years about incidents involving a Canadian pedophile who preyed on boys in the U.S. but failed to stop him as he moved back to Canada, where he continued his abuse.
October 14, 2011 France 24 – Two Strauss-Kahn sex cases dropped and activists cry foul – Two sex assault cases against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn by French writer Tristane Banon (left) and New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo (right) have been dropped, sparking dismay among women’s rights activists.
October 12, 2011 The New York Times – One Girl’s Courage – Early one morning, I came across the actress Eva Mendes, crying. She said that she was overwhelmed by all the girls she had met here in Sierra Leone who had been raped — and by her inability to help.
October 12, 2011 MetroNews – Police investigating sexual assault at University of Western Ontario – Police are urging people to keep safety top-of-mind after a woman was sexually assaulted yesterday on Western’s campus. The assault happened about 6:40 a.m. after the woman, identified by university police as an employee, got out of a vehicle in the Huron Flats parking lot, north of TD Waterhouse Stadium. The woman was walking near the soccer fields when a man — described as white and 25 to 35 years old with a thin build — grabbed her from behind.
October 12, 2011 National Post – Not always the ‘gentler sex’ – Last Saturday’s Post featured an interview with Shannon Moroney, the wife of a supposedly rehabilitated Jason Staples, who in 1988 murdered a woman in a fit of rage and spent 10 years in prison. A month after their marriage, Staples sexually assaulted and kidnapped two women. He’s back in prison as a “dangerous offender.” Mentioned, but not elaborated on in the interview was the revelation that Staples had been sexually abused as a child. You’re not surprised. By his mother. Now perhaps, you are.
October 11, 2011 Winnipeg Free Press – Suspects sought in Main Street sex assault – Police are asking for the public’s help after a violent sexual assault on Main Street around midnight Friday. The 25-year-old woman was walking in the 100 block of Main Street when two unknown men approached her, Winnipeg police said in a news release.
October 11, 2011 Los Angeles Times – Disabled men at higher risk of sexual abuse than non-disabled men– Men with disabilities may be particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse, a study finds, and much more likely to report sexual violence over their lifetime compared with men who aren’t disabled.
October 11, 2011 Sympatico.ca News – Police advise girls not to wear school uniform skirts on public transit– Police in Toronto are telling girls at the Greenwood College private school that in order to avoid a pervert (who harassed two female students by looking up their skirts), they shouldn’t wear their school uniforms on public transit. An investigation has been launched in search of the five foot six, skinny, white male with light brown hair and black-framed glasses.
October 10, 2011 CBC News – U.S. agents defend Ontario pedophile-luring ploy – U.S. authorities say their online portrayal of Ontario as a haven for child-sex tourism helped them catch four predators. The controversial website set up by the Department of Homeland Security was for the bogus firm Precious Treasure Holiday Co., which promised to arrange illegal encounters in Ontario for pedophiles.
October 7, 2011 The Record – Sexual assault is a man’s issue, too – Sexual assault is a men’s issue. That’s not to say that sexual assault is not a women’s issue. It disproportionately affects women, so it would be insensitive to suggest that it is exclusively of men’s concern. But ultimately, the eradication of this problem needs to involve men as much, if not more, than women.
October 7, 2011 The Montreal Gazette – Collège Notre Dame to pay sex-abuse victims $18 million – After denying and covering up for decades widespread sexual abuse by its members at Collège Notre Dame, the private school and its religious owners agreed Thursday to pay their victims $18 million – believed to be the biggest pay-out ever in Canada by a religious order.
October 6, 2011 The StarPhoenix – Sex abuse support group receives funds – A Saskatoon organization that provides support to victims of sexual abuse is expanding its services. Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre Inc. is receiving $112,000 from the provincial government to provide support programs to adults who were abused as children, says a news release issued by the Saskatchewan Justice Ministry.
October 5, 2011 The Toronto Star – Star investigation: Teacher watchdog writes soft porn for teens– The longtime chair of discipline at the Ontario College of Teachers is the co-author of a soft porn book for teens that chronicles the sexy adventures of Grade 9 girls and boys at a mythical Toronto high school.
October 5, 2011 Mail Online – Johnny Depp offers apology for comparing photo shoots to rape – Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp has issued an apology today after comparing photo shoots to ‘being raped’.
October 3, 2011 Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC) – Counselling for Male Survivors! – This fall, SASC received word that we could begin rolling out our individual counselling program for male survivors. We can now provide up to 16 individual counselling sessions for males, over the age of 16, who have experienced sexual abuse at any point during their lives.
September 30, 2011 North Bay Nugget – The Legacy of Child Abuse – The legacy bequeathed to those who survive child sexual abuse is not easily understood by most people. Too often it is something which is ignored or swept under the rug in the hopes that it will be forgotten since it is such an uncomfortable topic. In fact, it is very likely that this issue will continue to plague the victim for the rest of their life.
September 29, 2011 The Toronto Star – Bad teachers: Ontario’s secret list – Here are some of the people licensed in Ontario to teach your children.
September 29, 2011 The Vancouver Sun – ‘SlutWalk’ hopes to call attention to victim-blaming attitudes about rape – Now represented in more than 75 cities worldwide, SlutWalk was launched by a single remark. At a college safety seminar in Toronto last spring, a police officer told young women they would be less likely to be raped if they didn’t dress “like sluts.” The comment sparked anger in people who saw it as a reflection of an antiquated mind-set still pervasive in modern culture. Incensed Toronto women, joined by like-minded men, took to the streets, some dressed in lingerie to make the point that their safety shouldn’t depend on what they wear.
September 29, 2011 CBC News – Strauss-Kahn and French accuser meet with police – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn met in a face-to-face confrontation Thursday with a Frenchwoman who says he tried to rape her, as the two were questioned jointly by investigators deciding whether to pursue the case. The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating Tristane Banon’s claims that Strauss-Kahn attacked her during an interview for a book in 2003. Strauss-Kahn calls the claims imaginary and slanderous.
September 28, 2011 The New York Times – Rape Definition Too Narrow in Federal Statistics, Critics Say – Thousands of sexual assaults that occur in the United States every year are not reflected in the federal government’s yearly crime report because the report uses an archaic definition of rape that is far narrower than the definitions used by most police departments.
September 28, 2011 CBC News – Fighting poverty pays off, report says – Dealing with poverty is a far more efficient way to reduce crime than passing tough crime legislation that would hit the poor hard. The federal government could save billions of dollars if it tackled the roots of poverty, according to a new report from a government advisory body. The report from the National Council of Welfare urges the governing Tories to take a long-term “investment” approach to preventing poverty, rather than a short-term program spending approach. It says the public cost of poverty is easily $25 billion a year, and climbing — all while the poverty rate does not improve.
September 28, 2011 The Telegraph – Roman Polanski: fugitive director admits rape woman ‘double victim’ – Roman Polanski has admitted a woman he raped when she was 13 was a “double victim”, in his first public signs of contrition made during a documentary that premiered at the Zurich Film Festival this week.
September 27, 2011 CBC News – Parliament’s budget watchdog probes crime bill cost – New Democrat MP Jasbir Sandhu raised the issue in question period Tuesday and asked the government about the cost of the Safe Streets and Communities Act. “When will the Conservatives come clean and release the real cost of this bill?” he asked. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson didn’t answer the question and instead said his department estimates that crime costs society $99 billion a year and 83 per cent of those costs are to victims.
September 27, 2011 The Daily News (Kamloops) – Issue of consent central to sexual assault trial – Did a woman agree to have sex with a man or did he take advantage of her when she was drunk? That question will dominate the trial of a Merritt man charged with sexually assaulting a woman after a night of drinking. Gene Michel was charged with sexual assault several months after the September 2008 night a woman says she awoke from a drunken slumber to find the man on top of her, breathing heavily.
September 27, 2011 The Brock Press – Women unite – Speaking up and taking a stand against violence towards women was the empowering tune sung and spoken at the annual event, “Take Back the Night,” organized by Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre on Sept.15.
September 27, 2011 CBC News – Strauss-Kahn asks N.Y. court to dismiss civil case – Dominique Strauss-Kahn claimed Monday he has diplomatic immunity and asked a New York court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the hotel maid who says he sexually assaulted her. Attorneys for the former International Monetary Fund leader filed the motion in a Bronx court, arguing judges there do not have the ability to try the case, because Strauss-Kahn’s time as head of the fund gives him immunity from the litigation.
September 26, 2011 The Province – Penticton police investigate weekend sexual assault – Penticton RCMP are searching for a suspect after a 23-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on Sunday morning. The woman was walking on Industrial Avenue near Atkinson Street, when she met an unknown male.
September 26, 2011 The Good Men Project – The Accidental Rapist – Just because your partner isn’t saying “no,” Hugo Schwyzer writes, it doesn’t mean it’s a “yes.”
September 26, 2011 E! Online – Mad Men’s Jon Hamm Reveals He Had “No Real Male Role Models,” Was Raised by Single Mom – “I was a child of a single parent,” Hamm said at yesterday’s annual Rape Treatment Center benefit brunch in Beverly Hills. Hamm made the point to emphasize the importance of the Rape Treatment Center’s educational outreach, especially for boys and young men.
September 25, 2011 The Vancouver Sun – Abduction raises questions of how sex offenders are monitored – How sex offenders are monitored by authorities and how much the public deserves to know about them is once again a hot issue after the recent abduction of three-year-old Kienan Hebert from his home in Sparwood, B.C.
September 25, 2011 Toronto Star – B.C. still lacks services for teen sex offenders – In 1982, when Randall Hopley was 17 and facing sexual assault charges for molesting prepubescent children, British Columbia had “no adequate” in-patient or outpatient treatment programs for sexual offenders, wrote a psychiatrist at the time. More than 29 years later, B.C.’s criminal justice system now offers treatment programs to young sexual offenders at eight outpatient clinics. But what currently exists for the province’s 134 teen sex offenders isn’t good enough and is “patchy” at best, say critics. Even those who run the government programs say more can still be done.
September 25, 2011 USA Today – Report: ’84 Olympic coach accused of sexual abuse – Two women have told the Orange County Register they were sexually abused in the 1980s by the man who coached the 1984 Olympic gymnastics team. USA Gymnastics is aware of the allegations against Don Peters and is looking into them, president Steve Penny said Sunday. Should the federation find merit to the allegations, the 62-year-old Peters could be subject to a lifetime ban.
September 23, 2011 National Post – Urban Scrawl: Toronto march ignores male sex abuse victims – Women, children, and trans people will gather for the 31st straight year to participate in the international “Take Back the Night” march Saturday night. And just like last year and the year before that, men will be offering support from the sidelines, told they cannot participate in the march.
September 25, 2011 ***TRIGGER WARNING*** CBC News – Victim sues Russell Williams, Ontario police for $7M – An Ontario woman who was bound and sexually assaulted by convicted killer Russell Williams has filed a $7-million lawsuit against the disgraced former base commander of CFB Trenton, his ex-wife and provincial police.
September 22, 2011 The Vancouver Sun – A few more months behind bars – The new Conservative bill creates mandatory minimum sentences of one year for sexual assault or interference against a child (five years if the crime was aggravated or with a weapon). Two of Hopley’s sentences were longer than a year already. The bill also includes some parole reforms. At every stage in Hopley’s long relationship with the justice system, there are sentencing decisions that can be debated.
September 22, 2011 CBC News – Mall Santa charged with child porn in court – A man who has worked as Santa Claus at several Toronto-area malls and operates a daycare was in court Thursday after being charged with five counts of child pornography. Shawn Chiasson, 37, was arrested Wednesday after police raided an Oshawa home, seizing several computers and hundreds of images.
September 22, 2011 The Toronto Sun – Sketch of sex assault suspect released – A sex assault victim helped Toronto Police develop a composite sketch of one of two men who attacked her. Police said Thursday the woman reported she was followed by a man in the Keele and Dundas Sts. area on Sept. 3 and again three days later.
September 22, 2011 The Chronicle Herald – Sex assault suspect among Halifax’s most wanted – A sexual assault suspect and another man wanted for assault are two of 10 people being sought by Halifax police’s high-risk enforcement action team. The team, also known as HEAT, who are responsible for executing warrants and other duties, released the names Thursday of eight men and two women they are seeking. Bruce Edward Misener, 46, is wanted for sexual assault and sexual interference. He is white, five-foot-seven, 161 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.
September 22, 2011 Reuters – Pope urges Germans not to quit church over sex abuse – Pope Benedict urged the faithful not to leave the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday as he began a four-day visit to Germany, where record numbers have quit the pews in protest against clerical sex abuse of youths.
September 22, 2011 Reuters – Irish Catholic Church may tap parishes to pay for sexual abuse claims – The Catholic Church in Ireland’s capital may have to tap parish funds to pay compensation to people sexually assaulted by priests as more victims come forward, the Archbishop of Dublin said on Thursday. The Archdiocese of Dublin has paid out 13.5 million euros ($18.2 mln) since the late 1990s in compensation and legal costs related to sexual abuse cases and it has asked parishes to contribute money to a fund partly used to meet those claims.
September 22, 2011 Kitchener Post – Violence against women needs to be a priority this election – Unfortunately, one thing can’t be debated leading up to Oct. 6 — violence against women remains pervasive in communities across Ontario. Whether we know it or not, we all care about someone impacted by it. According to Statistics Canada, 51 per cent of women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
September 22, 2011 CBC News – WikiLeaks founder says ‘I am no rapist’ in memoir – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says in a new unauthorized memoir that he did not sexually assault two women who have accused him of rape, and claims he was warned the U.S government was trying to entrap him.
September 21, 2011 CBC News – 9 key elements of the crime bill: A guide to the federal government’s Safe Streets and Community Act – Formally known as The Safe Streets and Communities Act, the bill actually comprises nine smaller bills that were introduced by the Conservative government during its minority rule, but were never passed. The Conservatives’ election platform promised to pass this bill within 100 sitting days of Parliament, beginning on June 6.
September 21, 2011 The Record – Wilmot man admits five decades of sexual abuse – With supporters on one side of the courtroom and his victims on the other, a respected Wilmot Township man admitted sexual abuse Tuesday spanning almost 50 years. Roger Cober, 72, pleaded guilty to sexual assault, sexual interference and two counts of indecent assault for crimes going back to 1961.
September 21, 2011 CBC News – Hopley considered high-risk sex offender: documents – Newly released court documents involving the man accused of kidnapping a B.C. boy present a disturbing snapshot of a high-risk sex offender. Randall Hopley was convicted in 1985 of sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy and a psychiatric report leading up to his prison release warned he could offend again. He was sentenced to two years in prison.
September 20, 2011 Edmonton Journal – Ringing doorbell interrupted dance instructor’s sex assault, victim testifies– A teenaged dance student testified Tuesday that a sexual assault by her teacher ended only when he was interrupted by her relative ringing the doorbell. The girl, 16 at the time, told court that she was a hip-hop dance student of Oliver Nino Damaso, who was 27 at the time of the alleged assault. Damaso is charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
September 20, 2011 CBC News – Tory crime bill cracks down on drug, sex offences – Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s majority Conservative government has begun a push to make good on a major election campaign pledge Tuesday, with the introduction — or in many cases, reintroduction — of legislation bundling together a variety of crime-fighting initiatives.
September 19, 2011 Ms. Magazine – Dear Facebook: Rape Is No Joke– According to Facebook’s terms of service, users are not permitted to post content that is hateful, threatening or incites violence. But it appears that, in the minds of the Facebook powers-that-be, pages that encourage rape don’t violate that rule.
September 19, 2011 The Crime Report – Adults Can Help Stop Child Sexual Abuse – More than 78,000 cases of child sexual abuse were reported and substantiated in 2006,according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but the real numbers of abused children may be anywhere between 260,000 and 650,000 a year. And because the crime is so seldom reported to law enforcement agencies, predators remain free to destroy young lives. There are many reasons why children do not report the crime.
September 19, 2011 BBC News – French media react to Strauss-Kahn interview – Former IMF chief and one-time French presidential prospect Dominique Strauss-Kahn has spoken for the first time about his arrest in New York on charges of sexual assault and its fall-out. The BBC’s Christian Fraser gauges initial French reaction to his television interview.
September 18, 2011 The Times-Tribune – Iowa lawyers pore over a sex assault victim’s life – Attorneys defending the University of Northern Iowa are heavily scrutinizing the life of a former student who was sexually assaulted by two football players in 2004 and is now accusing the school in a civil lawsuit of mistreating her and mismanaging its athletics department, court records show.
September 18, 2011 National Post – Translation derails sex assault trial – A sexual assault trial has collapsed after it was revealed the accused’s Hindi translator was so incompetent that she just summarized parts of the complainant’s testimony.
September 18, 2011 Metro News – Winnipeg Official accused of sex abuse – Two teen girls and a young woman from Winnipeg were victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a former top family services official for a northern Ontario First Nations band, police and court records allege. James Leonard Cardy, 60, turned himself into Winnipeg police last week and is facing multiple charges of sexual assault and sexual interference as well as a count of obstructing justice.
September 18, 2011 Newsday – Strauss-Kahn denies violence in sex cases – Dominique Strauss-Kahn broke his silence four months after a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault, calling his encounter with the woman a “moral failing” he deeply regrets, but insisting in an interview on French television Sunday that no violence was involved.
September 17, 2011 ***TRIGGER WARNING*** The Ottawa Citizen – Janitor jailed for sexual assault – A one-time janitor at a longterm care home was sentenced to eight months in jail Friday for fondling the breasts of a developmentally delayed teenager called a “defenceless soul” by a Crown prosecutor. Ontario Superior Court Justice Roydon Kealey called Sovann Phan’s crime “morally reprehensible.”
September 16, 2011 The Toronto Sun – Sex assault victim outraged – It is a wonder these women ever come forward at all. They are victims of a vicious assault. They then must face the intrusion of a police and medical investigation, the humiliation and agony of a trial, the reliving of the most painful episode in their lives. This endless ordeal can stretch on for more than two years. But after enduring it all, rape victims have the right to assume that the justice system will do its part
September 16, 2011 The Edmonton Journal – Police investigating sex assault in southwest Edmonton – Police are investigating whether an incident of indecent exposure and sexual assault Thursday in southwest Edmonton is linked to similar cases from the last two summers.
September 16, 2011 The Gazette – The real story of sex offender cited by politician – The case held up this week by Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak as a choice example of why the public should know where sex offenders live is a classic of its kind: There’s both more and less to the story than it may appear.
September 15, 2011 Swissinfo.ch – Catholic Church reveals scale of sex abuse – The Catholic Church in Switzerland has released new details of sexual abuse committed by priests and pastoral workers over the past 60 years.
September 15, 2011 CBC News – Hudak denies he misrepresented parents group – Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is shrugging off accusations his campaign used a parents group for political gain while touting the Tory plan for a public sex offender registry.
September 15, 2011 Simcoe Media – Waverley man serves four years for sex offences – One of Bryan Scott Laycock’s three victims sobbed as she watched the convicted sex offender handcuffed in court Tuesday. The Waverley man was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for sexual assault and sexual interference charges.
September 15, 2011 The Province – Northern B.C. counsellor charged with sexual assault of client – Police are appealing for other potential victims to come forward after a counsellor was arrested by Fort St. John RCMP Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his clients. Michael Anthony was practising with ABA Counselling Services when the alleged sexual assault took place.
September 15, 2011 The Christian Science Monitor – Why the ICC likely won’t charge pope over Catholic Church sex abuses – An attempt to prosecute Pope Benedict XVI in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for clerical sexual abuse around the globe faces daunting legal obstacles that make it unlikely the case will be heard, but will nonetheless put the Vatican’s role in the abuse under new public scrutiny.
September 14, 2011 Inside Halton – SAVIS extends services to include male survivors of sexual abuse – Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton (SAVIS) is extending its services for male survivors of sexual abuse. Oakville-based SAVIS is now offering a free, confidential, eight-week group for men ages 18-plus who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
September 13, 2011 ***TRIGGER WARNING*** Reuters – Child sex abuse claims mount against Boy Scouts – Child sex abuse claims mount against Boy Scouts – Four Oregon men sued the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday for $20 million over childhood sexual abuse they say they suffered at the hands of a pedophile knowingly appointed as their scoutmaster in the 1970s.
September 13, 2011 CNN – TLC’s ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ and sexualizing 3-year-olds – [W]hether you think child beauty pageants are just a chance for little girls to play dress-up, or a training ground for superficial, self-centered princesses in the making, everyone should agree that sexualizing a 3-year-old little girl is wrong.
September 13, 2011 CBC News – Pope sex abuse case called ‘ludicrous’ – The Vatican’s lawyer says an attempt by clergy sex abuse victims to bring a case against the Pope and top Vatican officials to the International Criminal Court is a “ludicrous” publicity stunt.
September 13, 2011 The New York Times – Abuse Victims Ask Court to Prosecute the Vatican – Human rights lawyers and victims of clergy sexual abuse filed a complaint on Tuesday urging the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate and prosecute Pope Benedict XVI and three top Vatican officials for crimes against humanity for what they described as abetting and covering up the rape and sexual assault of children by priests.
September 13, 2011 The Sun Chronicle – Shining a light on child sexual abuse – The Hockomock Area YMCA has enlisted community members to help with the battle against sexual abuse of children.
September 12, 2011 SASC News – The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region to Open Satellite Office in Cambridge! – Due to a growing need for counselling services in Cambridge, SASC has secured an office in the newly built Langs facility on 1145 Concession Road. Services are scheduled to commence at this location the week of October 3, 2011.
September 12, 2011 The Wall Street Journal – French Police Question Strauss-Kahn – Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was questioned by French police over accusations of attempted rape made against him by a novelist, a lawyer for the French politician said.
September 11, 2011 The Kingston Whig Standard – Group to help male victims of sex abuse – After an inquiry into several cases of childhood sexual abuse in Cornwall, a series of recommendations were made to mental health practitioners throughout the province, Forster said. One of those recommendations was to create support groups for men to share their experiences under the guidance of a professional counsellor. Kingston is one of the places the provincial government is providing money to do this.
September 11, 2011 The Telegram – Week of events planned by Newfoundland sexual assault centre – The non-profit Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (NLSACPC) has organized a week of events in order to “highlight the importance of awareness in the struggle to end sexual violence.” Sept. 12-16, has been planned as Sexual Violence Awareness Week.
September 11, 2011 Today’s Zaman – Turkey introduces harsh punishment for sexual abuse of children – Turkey’s Official Gazette announced on Friday that the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse introduced by the Council of Europe is now officially in force in Turkey to protect children against sexual exploitation and abuse and specifies harsh punishment for people who engage in such activities.
September 10, 2011 Times & Transcript – Former teacher jailed for sexual assault – A 25-year-old former middle school gym teacher was sentenced to two years in a federal penitentiary yesterday for sexually assaulting two of his students. Corey James Chisholm was sentenced to two years concurrent for each charge of sexual assault, which occurred in Fredericton between January 2009 and May 2009.
September 10, 2011 Ottawa Citizen – Hudak plan may spark vigilantism, group says – An organization that helps rehabilitate convicted criminals is warning that PC leader Tim Hudak’s plan to publish the names and addresses of sex offenders could lead to vigilantism.
September 9, 2011 Telelegraph-Journal – Crime: Outreach workers, police want stricter sentences in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault – Saint John outreach workers and at least one police sergeant are calling for stricter sentences for crimes involving domestic violence and sexual assault.
September 9, 2011 CBC News – Canadians with mental illnesses denied U.S. entry – More than a dozen Canadians have told the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office in Toronto within the past year that they were blocked from entering the United States after their records of mental illness were shared with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
September 9, 2011 ***TRIGGER WARNING*** Feministing – Guest post: the White Knight Disconnect and the realities of rape culture – If we are ever to address rape culture we need to not only look at the actions and tactics that perpetrators use but we must also continue to address how cultural arrangements excuse and normalise that behaviour.
September 8, 2011 Toronto Star – Reality check: Would PC plan to protect kids from sex offenders work? – The proposal will help keep children and communities safe, the Tories say. The reality, however, is there is little or no evidence that 24-hour electronic monitoring actually protects children against sexual predators, since the majority are not strangers lurking in the shadows.
September 8, 2011 Toronto Star – Schools must report relationship violence to police, new rules state – A new protocol between Toronto police and city school boards could create more police activity in schools.
September 7, 2011 Human Goods – Will the Real Men Out There Please Stand Up? – Last week, anti-trafficking crusader Ashton Kutcher bungled an opportunity to show America how everyday sexual attitudes toward women encourage exploitation. It’s time for good men to buck up and speak out about what respect really means.
September 6, 2011 ABC Sydney – Study finds child sex abuse education is key – One of Australia’s peak anti-child sex abuse organisations says it has new research which shows educating children about sexual assault is one of the most effective ways of preventing it.
September 3, 2011 Hamilton Spectator – Police believe attacks on Barton Street sex workers linked – Police fear someone is stalking and attacking Hamilton sex trade workers. Hamilton police say there have been two attacks on Barton Street East in the past week — on Aug. 22 and 29 — where the suspect and his behaviour were similar.
September 3, 2011 CBC News – Vatican denies Irish claim of abuse coverup – The Vatican on Saturday vigorously rejected claims it sabotaged efforts by Irish bishops to report priests who sexually abused children to police and accused the Irish prime minister of making an “unfounded” attack against the Holy See.
September 2, 2011 CBC News – Alberta solicitor general to fight for restorative justice – Alberta’s solicitor general is vowing to fight to restore funding for restorative justice programs in the face of mounting criticism from his party and a retired chief justice.
August 29, 2011 Daily News (South Africa) – SlutWalk brings sexual violence into public arena – The sensationalism around the worldwide SlutWalks organised from a position of outrage at Sanguinetti’s words, with a SlutWalk held in Cape Town, brings the matter of sexual violation and rape squarely back into the realm of public scrutiny as a burning social issue.
August 27, 2011 CBC News – Edgy campaign targets sexual assault – Post-secondary students in Kingston, Ont., will be met with a bold message about sex and alcohol when they return to school next month. A new campaign labelled “Don’t Be That Guy” aims to change attitudes about women who are at risk of being sexually assaulted after drinking in a bar.
August 26, 2011 *** TRIGGER WARNING *** Jezebel (Video) – Is This Comedy Monologue A Rape Confession? – What do you call it when you misrepresent yourself as someone’s desired partner, don’t listen when she repeatedly tells you to leave, come uninvited into her room and penetrate her while she just lies there? Well, at a recent New York City improv festival, this guy, who by his own account did just that, called it comedy.
August 24, 2011 New York Times – After Strauss-Kahn, Fear of Rape Victim Silence – Now, rape victims, women’s rights advocates, detectives and prosecutors are sifting through the wreckage of the case of the accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, trying to determine what it will mean for rape cases — already among the most delicate in the criminal justice system — in the days and months to come.
August 24, 2011 GOOD – Women Who Love Pickup Artists Hate Women, Too – The pursuit of heterosexual sex has always relied on a bit of low-grade sexism.
August 24, 2011 CBC News (Video) – Toronto’s York University is expanding security
August 23, 2011 Slate – Frame the Victim – Prosecutors oversold the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Now they’re overselling the case against his accuser.
August 23, 2011 CBC News – Strauss-Kahn sex charges dropped – A New York State Supreme Court judge has officially dismissed criminal sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
August 22, 2011 CBC News – Strauss-Kahn prosecutors seek dismissal of case – New York City prosecutors say they are asking to dismiss all criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn because they aren’t sure beyond a reasonable doubt that the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault is telling the truth.
August 21, 2011 CBC News – Strauss-Kahn charges could be dropped this week – The hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault feels “abandoned” by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, her attorney said Sunday.
August 20, 2011 Huffington Post – DSK’s Alleged Victim Should Not Be Called His “Accuser” – Can we please stop referring to Nafissatou Diallo as DSK’s “accuser?” She is his alleged victim. Every time someone calls her an “accuser” they undermine her credibility and bolster his.
August 19, 2011 CBC News – Toronto sex assault suspect arrested – Toronto police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a string of sexual assaults in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area. Nhan Huu Nyguyen is charged with eight counts of sexual assault and two counts of robbery.
August 19, 2011 CBC News – Province to fund child abuse response centre for Calgary – The province announced funding Thursday for a new facility in Calgary that will help victims of child abuse. The facility will bring law enforcement, health, and child and family services professionals under one roof so that they can better coordinate their work, said Children and Youth Services Minister Yvonne Fritz.
August 18, 2011 CBC News – Suspended Scout leader worked in schools – A Winnipeg Scout leader charged with sexual assault was also recently employed by a city school division, CBC News has learned. Stuart Garrett Young, 39, worked during the past academic year as an educational assistant at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg’s Pembina Trails School Division.
August 18, 2011 CBC News/Calgary – Police hope shoes lead to sex assault suspect – Police will be going door-to-door with a photo of a pair of shoes left behind during a sexual assault, hoping the footwear will lead them to the culprit.
August 18, 2011 In These Times – Naffissatou Diallo’s Ugly Choice – After months of coverage, and weeks after The New York Times first reported that her case was on the verge of collapse due to credibility and character problems, Diallo chose to forsake what anonymity she had left.
August 18, 2011 Australian Broadcasting Corp. – Rape a weapon in the world of war – for Somali women and children, it is not just hunger and gunfire they need to fear. The UN has reported this week that women and girls fleeing famine and fighting in Somalia are being raped or abducted and forced into marriage by armed groups as they try to reach the safety of refugee camps in Kenya.
August 18, 2011 Ottawa Citizen – Police study link between sex offender, missing girls – Police detectives investigating the 2008 disappearance of teenagers Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander from a reserve north of Ottawa are now analyzing links to a sex criminal who killed himself last month in the Hull jail after writing a suicide note.
August 17, 2011 Canada.com – Crime victim watchdog urges government to make her reports public – Canada’s national advocate for crime victims has been pushing the federal government to finally make public reports from her office that have spent years mouldering, out of public view.
August 16, 2011 CBC News – Sex offender prefers Sudan to Manitoba jail – A sex offender who has served his full jail sentence for failing to disclose he had HIV now says he’d rather be back in Sudan than sitting in a provincial jail.
August 16, 2011 CBC News/Vancouver – Police release sketch of suspect in seawall attacks – Vancouver police have released a composite drawing of the suspect in two recent assaults on women who were walking near Sunset Beach in downtown Vancouver.
August 16, 2011 Hamilton Spectator – Police arrest B.C. man in historic boys ranch sex case – A former Hamilton man who ran the now defunct Way-J Boys Ranch in Ancaster over 40 years ago is facing sexual assault charges involving foster children who stayed at the farm. Howard Wayne Jones, 68, formerly of Hamilton, who ran the ranch on Powerline Road East in Copetown in 1969, was arrested by the RCMP in Salmon Arm, B.C., Aug. 8, on a Canada-wide warrant issued in Hamilton.
August 15, 2011 Frontline Partners with Youth Network – Family Services of Peel (FSP) offers Free Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse – effective July 1st, 2011, the agency is providingSupport Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, a new free program funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.
August 14, 2011 Bloomberg – Ireland Faces Down Vatican as Kenny Demands $1 Billion Abuse Compensation – Ireland is squeezing the Roman Catholic Church to hand over cash and real estate toward a 1.4 billion-euro ($2 billion) child-abuse bill amid the bitterest stand-off yet seen between the Vatican and the government.
August 14, 2011 Times of Malta – Abuse home urges victims to revisit to heal– St Joseph’s Home has invited the clerical abuse victims to re-establish contact by revisiting, individually, the place where they had suffered the abuse, as part of their personal healing process.
August 14, 2011 CBC News – Man wanted in sex assault on teenager – Police say the man approached the girl from behind and squirted a liquid on her at a Dollarama near Eglinton Avenue West and Dufferin Street Friday afternoon. He then assaulted the girl as he pretended to help her clean up.
August 10, 2011 CBC News – String of sex assaults prompts police warning – Police say one person may have committed as many as six assaults in the neighbourhood over the last few months. They’ve released a composite sketch of their suspect. Police describe him as Asian, 20 to 35 years old, with short dark and possibly spikey hair. He is about five feet nine inches tall. 5 of the 6 victims were Asian women in their 20s and 30s.
August 10, 2011 ** TRIGGER WARNING ** Los Angeles Times – Warren Jeffs heads to prison; niece feels vindication – “I feel a lot stronger now that I’ve put the man that needed to be put in prison in prison,” Jerusha Jeffs told ABC News.
August 10, 2011 ** TRIGGER WARNING ** Human Rights Watch – Surviving Rape in Papua New Guinea – What Would You Choose – Prison or Rape?
Canada-based Barrick Gold, valued at $47.6 billion, is the world’s leading gold producer. While rumors of abuses like gang rapes and beatings had long been associated with the mine, Barrick Gold – the world’s largest gold mining company in terms of production – had denied these claims as unfounded
August 9, 2011 CBC News – Polygamist leader Jeffs gets life in prison – During the trial, prosecutors used DNA evidence to show Jeffs fathered a child with a 15-year-old and played an audio recording of what they said was him sexually assaulting a 12-year-old. They played other tapes in which Jeffs was heard instructing as many as a dozen of his young wives on how to please him sexually — and thus, he told them, please God.
August 9, 2011 CBC News – Toronto woman told to put her top on – Martin said the people who told her to cover up were looking at the problem the wrong way. “Deal with the guys if there is a problem,” she said, “but don’t come over and pre-emptively tell me that I’m going to start a problem. This is the reason we have events like SlutWalk now — to bring attention to the fact that we’re not just sexual beings”
August 8, 2011 CBC News – New York maid sues Strauss-Kahn – Lawyers for Guinean immigrant Nafissatou Diallo filed the lawsuit Monday in state court in the Bronx. They seek unspecified damages. They say Diallo faces a difficult recovery from an encounter with Strauss-Kahn that left her violated, humiliated and degraded.
August 4, 2011 National Post – Ontario father gets 30-year sentence for planning sex with 11-year-old – Brian Schumaker, of Mississauga, Ont., was found guilty this spring after he drove to Atlanta to have sex with an 11-year-old girl in 2007, but discovered he was the centre of a police sting.
August 4, 2011 CBC News/Calgary – Teen boy sentenced for sex assault on 12-year-old – A 17-year-old boy was sentenced on Thursday to two years of intensive supervision for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in a school yard last year. The assault happened on the playing field of Clarence Sansom Junior High in northeast Calgary in the 5800 block of 24th Avenue N.E. while friends stood nearby.
August 4, 2011 CBC News – Polygamist leader Jeffs convicted of child sex abuse – A Texas jury convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault on Thursday, in a case stemming from two young followers he took as brides in what his church calls “spiritual marriages.”
August 4, 2011 CBC News – Toronto man faces child porn charges – Steven Lloyd, 41, was charged with possessing, distributing and accessing child pornography. Police say members of the sex crimes unit seized seized computer equipment and children’s clothing Wednesday in the downtown core.
August 4, 2011 CBC News – Lahey’s child pornography case moves to sentencing – Former Roman Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey will be in an Ottawa courtroom Thursday for a sentencing hearing on a child pornography charge, but a sentence likely won’t be handed down before December. He was charged in September 2009 after Canadian Border Services agents found pornographic materials on his laptop computer.
August 2, 2011 CNN – Sexual assault, domestic violence can damage long-term mental health – Fifty-seven percent of the women with a history of abuse also had a history of depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, or anxiety (including panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder), versus 28% of the women who had not experienced gender-based violence.
August 2, 2011 Toronto Star – Man arrested after ‘vicious’ sexual assault – Elbert Crafton Edwards, 49, of Toronto has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, forcible confinement and failing to comply with recognizance.
August 2, 2011 CBC News – CRIME | Dangerous offender: what the label means – Although the dangerous offender provisions can apply to all criminals, most people who are given such designations are in custody for sexual offences. For example, 85 per cent of dangerous offenders were sentenced for sexual assaults and 41 per cent involved pedophilia.
August 2, 2011 CBC News – HIV killer ruled dangerous offender – Johnson Aziga will be jailed indefinitely. He is considered a high risk to reoffend. He was the first person charged and convicted of first-degree murder in Canada for spreading HIV. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1996 & had unprotected sex with 11 women not telling them he was HIV-positive. 7 of the women tested positive for HIV & 2 later died of complications of AIDS
July 28, 2011 Salon.com – Lawyer: Strauss-Kahn maid’s remarks misportrayed – The hotel maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sex assault has been wrongfully portrayed as a money-grubbing opportunist in accounts of her recorded remarks. Nafissatou Diallo’s “primary focus was on what happened to her, how she was coping with the fact that she had almost been raped,” said her lawyer
July 27, 2011 Feministing – What the hell is “non-consensual sex?” – “If members of the media have been informed the accusations are of actions that would be defined as rape, they should call it that. If the information is more vague, they should say sexual assault.”
July 27, 2011 Toronto Sun – Retired cop charged with luring young girl – Douglas Ralph Bronson, 51, of Peterborough, is charged with luring a child via computer and invitation to sexual touching under 16 years of age.
July 27, 2011 Northumberland News – Male survivor of sexual abuse talks openly about taboo subject – “After suffering in silence for over 20 years, I finally found my voice,” Lee Ferrill says, and he’s now giving a voice to thousands of other men like him who have been sexually abused.
July 27, 2011 BBC News (Video) – Vatican response over Ireland sex abuse scandal – Catholics in the Vatican say the Irish prime minister was right to speak out against the Church’s handling of a child sex abuse scandal.
July 25, 2011 *** TRIGGER WARNING *** Newsweek – The Maid’s Tale – Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser states, “I want him to go to jail. I want him to know there are some places you cannot use your power, you cannot use your money.”
July 25, 2011 BBC News – Vatican recalls Irish papal envoy after Cloyne report – It showed how allegations of sex abuse by priests in Cork had been covered up. The report led to angry condemnation of the Vatican by Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Irish Parliament. In a blistering attack, Mr Kenny accused the church of putting its reputation ahead of child rape victims.
July 25, 2011 *** TRIGGER WARNING *** Law Times News – Client Deserves Second Chance – A judge’s decision to label a Newmarket, Ont., man a dangerous offender for possessing child pornography and attempting to kidnap and murder a young child lowers the bar for putting people behind bars indefinitely, according to his lawyer.
July 24, 2011 The Guardian – Catholic church’s plea could rule out damages for priests’ abuse – Victims of sexual abuse by priests will no longer be able to sue the Catholic church for damages if a landmark judgment rules that priests should not be considered as employees. In a little publicised case heard this month at the high court, the church claimed that it is not “vicariously liable” for priests’ actions.
July 18, 2011 CBC News – Hudak promises GPS tracking for sex offenders – Hudak said he would require all of the nearly 14,000 sex offenders in Ontario to wear a tracking bracelet to monitor their location 24 hours a day. Hudak said he wants to make it easier for police to keep tabs on sex offenders.
July 18, 2011 Toronto Star – University not warning us of assaults, York students say – York has a long history of sexual violence on and near campus. Silence can be the worst strategy in cases of sexual assault, said Rita Kohli, executive director of Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel.
July 18, 2011 Newsweek – The John Next Door – The men who buy sex are your neighbors and colleagues. A new study reveals how the burgeoning demand for porn and prostitutes is warping personal relationships and endangering women and girls.
July 17, 2011 CBC News – York University security scrutinized after assault – Campus security at York University in Toronto is in the spotlight again after an alleged sexual assault this weekend. A former York student has been charged after the incident on Friday night.
July 13, 2011 CBC News/Calgary – HIV-positive man charged in teen sex assault – Xavier Robert Bissonnette is charged with aggravated sexual assault. Bissonnette was diagnosed with HIV in 1998.The girl had been unaware of his HIV-positive condition, police said.
July 13, 2011 Cottage Country Now – Man jailed for child porn possession – William Smith, 52 was sentenced, at the Parry Sound Courthouse on Friday to 12 months in jail plus135 days pre-sentence custody for possessing and writing child pornography, attempting to lure a child for sexual reasons and failing to comply with probation. This is the man’s second possession of child pornography conviction. His first was in 2010 in Toronto
July 11, 2011 Law Times – Ex-teacher who slept with student now seeks bar entry – In 2006, James Melnick, now 35, was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to two Criminal Code charges related to a sexual relationship with the girl. He taught her in grades 7 and 8 & was her guidance counselor during the second year. The relationship progressed from phone, e-mail, and instant message communication to a physical one.
July 11, 2011 Edmonton Journal – Woman, 80, dies after sex assault – The short time between the assault and the woman’s death prompted the Crown to review the case. Marvin Arthur Witzaney, 45, was charged in May with aggravated sexual assault, two counts of break and enter with intent, one charge of attempted break and enter, one count of possession of an offensive weapon and three charges of breach of recognizance.
July 11, 2011 CBC News – Priest pleads guilty to abusing 13 students – Rev. Raymond-Marie Lavoie pleaded guilty to all 21 charges against him for committing sexual crimes against young boys at a seminary in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a teacher who oversaw the dormitory at the now-defunct St-Alphonse Seminary near Quebec City.
July 8, 2011 CBC News – Sex assaults targeted in poster campaign – “The VPD and its partners are taking proactive measures to increase the safety of women in Vancouver to reduce alcohol- and drug-fuelled sexual violence,” said Sgt. Matt Clarke
July 8, 2011 GOOD – Unsolicited Advice for Bristol Palin: Call It Rape – “I’m worried about you, girl. You say you’re not accusing Levi of raping you, but the way you tell the story—he knew you didn’t want to have sex, but did it to you anyhow when you were blackout drunk on wine coolers—sure sounds like rape to me.’
July 5, 2011 Broad Street Review – An apology about sex abuse – “I now realize that rape is an issue of power, control and rage, not sex; and it can happen to any woman, no matter what she looks like or what signals she sends. I should have known better than to imply otherwise.”
July 5, 2011 Wausau Daily Herald – Jennings column: ‘Start By Believing’ program takes aim at sexual assaults – The reasons sex crimes are so under-reported are many. The Women’s Community works with hundreds of victims each year who have never reported their assaults to the authorities. When asked why they don’t file reports, a common response is, “No one would believe me.”
July 5, 2011 SEXIS – ‘Sexomnia’ Apparently a Legal Defense Against Rape Charge, In Wales– A man named Stephen Lee Davies was in this situation in Swansea, Wales. He invited a 16-year-old girl staying at [his] place into his bed, and claims he was shocked to find out that he’d woken his bedmate up by having sex with her.
July 5, 2011 The Telegraph (UK) – Man who had sex in his sleep cleared of rape – Stephen Lee Davies, 43, claimed he suffered from sexsomnia — the ability to have intercourse while asleep — and had no recollection of the encounter with the 16-year-old student.
July 5, 2011 CBC News – Ex-IMF chief’s accuser files sex assault complaint – Tristane Banon told French news magazine L’Express that she was tired of hearing “lies and rumours” told about the incident in 2003 with Strauss-Kahn. She had been dissuaded from filing charges by her mother, Anne Mansouret, a regional councilor in Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist party.
July 5, 2011 Reuters – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser sues NY Post for “prostitute” report – “All of these statements are false, have subjected the plaintiff to humiliation, scorn and ridicule throughout the world by falsely portraying her as a prostitute or as a woman who trades her body for money and they constitute defamation and libel per se,” the suit said.
June 30, 2011 MSNBC.com – Effects of sexual abuse last for decades, study finds – Prevention and getting kids into treatment early is “the first step,” says Carolyn Landis, a clinical psychologist with Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. “To see how these girls suffer into adulthood is extremely troubling,” she says.
June 27, 2011 CBC News/Toronto – Women warned of prowler in midtown Toronto – Police said Sunday there have been a number of recent break-ins at women’s apartments in an area bounded by Lawrence Avenue to the north, Bathurst Street to the east, Eglinton Avenue to the south and Allen Road to the west.
June 18, 2011 Reuters – Vatican turns to Internet to stem sexual abuse – “The e-learning center will work with medical institutions and universities to develop a constant response to the problems of sexual abuse,” Monsignor Klaus Peter Franzl of the archdiocese of Munich.
June 17, 2011 CBC News – High Park sex assault investigated by police – The assault occurred at around 1:45 p.m. near Grenadier Pond near the western edge of the busy park. A 23-year-old woman was walking alone in the area when she was “grabbed” by a man and sexually assaulted, police said in a release.
June 15, 2011 BusinessWire – MaleSurvivor “Dare to Dream Toronto” Offers Local Initiative For Male Survivors Of Sexual Abuse – Dare to Dream, developed in response to “The Oprah Winfrey Show” highlighting male sexual abuse will provide male survivors with a safe and comfortable environment to join others in lifting the veil of secrecy and shame from their experience.
June 14, 2011 CBC News – Toronto doctor faces new sex assault charges – In a statement released Tuesday, Toronto police said Amitabh Chauhan, 33, of Ancaster, Ont., has been charged with sexual assault and administering a drug for sex. Police say it’s believed there are other victims.
June 14, 2011 CBC News/Toronto – $50,000 reward offered in sex assault cold cases – The man is wanted for an attack on a 19-year-old woman near Dundas and Parliament streets on Nov.10, 1993. Police said DNA evidence obtained from that attack showed “conclusively” the same person was responsible for another attack eight months later in an apartment near Queen Street West and Bathurst Street.
June 11, 2011 CBC News – Man charged in 2008 Internet luring – Last week, police charged Giuseppe “Joey” Luceno, 27, of Toronto, with a sexual assault of 13-year-old girl he met over the internet three years ago.
June 10, 2011 CBC News – Youth program accused remanded in custody – Louis McRae, of Toronto, charged in connection with a sexual assault investigation at a public school in east Toronto, has been remanded in custody.
June 9, 2011 CBC News – School program co-ordinator faces sex charges – Louis McRae of Toronto is due in court on Friday to face three counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference as well as an invitation to sexual touching.
June 8, 2011 The Vancouver Sun – Retired Ontario priest pleads guilty to sexual assaults – Retired Catholic priest William Hodgson Marshall pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting 16 victims in the Sudbury, Toronto and Windsor areas in incidents dating back to 1953.
June 7, 2011 CTV News – Proposed sex offenders website ignites debate – Some experts say it’s an essential tool that would better protect children from predators, while others are raising questions about whether it could lead to vigilante action.
June 7, 2011 GigaOM – Twitter as media: What happens when anyone can publish? – A woman in Florida who was raped posted messages about her attacker and the incident to Twitter
June 7, 2010 Maclean’s – Standing up to bad boys like Schwarzenegger and Strauss-Kahn – “When I see that a chambermaid was capable of taking on Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I tell myself I don’t have the right to stay silent.”
June 2, 2011 CBC News – Online luring nets Windsor man 110 years in U.S. jail – Alan Sauve, 48, was convicted on 22 counts of soliciting a child over the internet for sexual purposes and sentenced to 110 years in prison.
June 2, 2011 Toronto Star – Toronto hotel workers need panic buttons too, union says – The union that represents Toronto’s hotel workers is calling on hotels to equip their staffers with panic buttons in light of two alleged sex assaults in New York.
May 31, 2011 CBC News – Alberta Police Commissioner charged in child porn case – A search warrant was executed at the home of Curtis David Paradee, 42, on Tuesday. Paradee was arrested and remains in custody. He faces numerous charges including accessing child pornography and communicating with a person under 16 for the purpose of committing an offence.
May 31, 2011 CBC News – Nude photo threats bring 18-month sentence – Claude Michel Arsenault, 19 of Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty to internet luring, possession of child pornography, extortion, and impersonating a police officer. His crimes involved eight victims: two were 18, three were 15, and the other three were 12.
May 31, 2011 CBC News – Egyptian exec accused of sex abuse at NYC hotel – Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar was arrested on Monday and is accused of sexually abusing the maid at The Pierre, a luxurious hotel near Central Park and Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side, police said.
May 29, 2011 Ms. Magazine – Police Make Amends for Fining Rape Victim $500 – Last month, Ms. reported on a woman who had been fined $500 for “false rape reporting.” Police said the details of her story were “inconsistent.” Three years later, among an accused serial rapist’s snapshots of assaults in progress, her photo was found. Her account fit the M.O. of the other attacks.
May 27, 2011 CBC News – No consent in unconscious sex case: Supreme Court – On Friday, in a 6-3 decision, the country’s top court restored the conviction. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said consent ends once someone is unconscious or asleep.
May 25, 2011 CBC News – Facebook guide to teen sex abuse taken down – Two Castlegar, B.C., men who created a Facebook guide to having sex with girls as young as 13 will not be criminally charged, but they are not off the hook, according to the RCMP. Cpl. Dan Pollock said the police warned the two men that if anyone commits an offence based on the site, the creators could be held criminally responsible.
May 24, 2011 CBC News – Markham man charged with sex assaults – Kandiah Sivaneswaran, 57, of Markham, was charged with two counts of sexual assault on Monday and appeared in a Scarborough court Tuesday. Police believe there may be other victims.
May 22, 2011 CBC News – Police search for dangerous offender – Police are seeking a warrant for the arrest of Dwayne Gayle, 26, in connection with an assault and threat Saturday. They say Gayle is also wanted on three other warrants for incidents including sexual assault.
May 19, 2011 CBC News – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn quits amid sex assault charge – He is accused of sexual assault on a maid in a New York City hotel
May 18, 2011 CBC News – British justice minister under fire for rape remarks – British Justice Secretary Ken Clarke gave an early morning interview to BBC radio in which when the journalist argued that “rape is rape,” Clarke retorted: “No, it’s not.”
May 17, 2011 Feministing – Jeffrey Goldberg on how NOT to report about rape – Journalism matters. It influences public opinion about issues like rape and the way survivors are treated.
May 16, 2011 CBC News – IMF chief denied bail on sex assault – The head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, must remain jailed at least until his next court hearing in for Manhattan to face charges of attempted rape, sex abuse, a criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching. The top count is punishable by five to 25 years in prison.
May 16, 2011 CBC News – Vatican: Bishops should report abuse to police – The document marks the latest effort by the Vatican to show it’s serious about rooting out priestly pedophiles and preventing abuse following the eruption on a global scale of the abuse scandal last year with thousands of victims coming forward.
May 5, 2011 CBC News – N.S. bishop apologizes for Lahey affair anguish – Bishop Brian Dunn — the current leader of the diocese of Antigonish — said during a news conference that despite Lahey’s child pornography conviction there was no deception in the $15-million settlement he helped negotiate.
April 20, 2011 CBC News – OPP release priest sex abuse charges – Ontario Provincial Police released more details Wednesday on the sexual assault charges against 54-year-old Gabriele (Gabe) DelBianco, a former Catholic priest in Wallaceburg and Windsor, Ont.
April 15, 2011 London Free Press – Help for male survivors falls short, critics say – A just-announced plan to help male survivors of sex abuse contains good and bad news, says London survivor and advocate John Swales. One of the biggest concerns for critics is the amount of funding for services
April 15, 2011 Ms. Magazine – Woman Pays for Reporting a Rape – In 2008, an 18-year-old woman in Washington State reported to police that she had been sexually assaulted. But they didn’t believe her. So the police charged her with false reporting, and she pleaded guilty under a deal that included a fine of $500. The charge remains on her record.
April 13, 2011 Calgary Sun – Fleury steamed over funding loss for men’s agency – The Ontario government announced Wednesday the funding will instead go to Catholic Family Services.
April 13, 2011 CBC News – B.C. Green candidate resigns over Facebook ‘rape’ post– Alan Saldanha, who was running in the riding of Fleetwood—Port Kells, resigned Wednesday afternoon after it was revealed he posted, “If rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it!” on his Facebook profile.
April 13, 2011 CNW Group – Experts Call for National Plan for Crime Victims, Not Just More Spending on Prisons – “We need to rebalance justice in Canada with a national action plan to make Canada a leader in providing every victim of crime with the services, compensation and information that they need,” said Irvin Waller, professor of criminology at University of Ottawa and president of the International Organization for Victim Assistance
April 13, 2011 Ottawa Citizen – Senator proposes federal victims’ rights charter – Because victim services fall under provincial jurisdiction, “Canadians are not treated on the same level” everywhere.
April 13, 2011 CBC News – MacIntosh sentenced to 18 months in jail – Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in jail, with no credit for time served, for sexually abusing minors in the 1970s in Nova Scotia
April 13, 2011 Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General – Strengthening Support For Male Survivors Of Sexual Abuse – For the first time in Canada, male survivors of sexual abuse will have access to an integrated, provincewide network of services and support that will help them through the difficult process of recovery
April 11, 2011 CBC News – Boy, 10, sexually assaulted near Gatineau Park – The accused, Luc Fournier, appeared in court Monday afternoon and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on Wednesday
April 10, 2011 Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General – Supporting Vulnerable Victims And Their Families – Victims of crime and their families can get the additional support they need to participate more fully in the criminal court process.
April 10, 2011 – CBC News – Crime victim services boosted in Ontario – The Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund will help cover travel costs related to court appearances and make sure interpreters are available during criminal trials, Attorney General Chris Bentley said Sunday.
April 8, 2011 – Ms. Magazine – Drinks, She Flirts, She Passes Out … Is It Rape? – WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
April 7, 2011 – CBC News – Liberal candidate apologizes for sex assault comments – John Reilly, a former judge and candidate in the Wildrose, Alta., riding, last week said there are different levels of sexual assault requiring different levels of punishment. He apologized Thursday.
April 7, 2011 – Ms. Magazine – Do Women Lie About Rape? – A question that gets asked every time a rape accusation is made public
April 6, 2011 CBC News – Sexually abused B.C. goalie awarded $600,000 – The provincial government admitted liability in the case because a probation officer failed to tell a minor hockey association that convicted sex offender Richard Hall was volunteering in the organization.
April 5, 2011 Thought Catalog – We’re So Sorry About “The Funny Thing About the Slutwalk”– Our post “The Funny Thing About The Slutwalk” was so offensive and quite frankly it’s a f*****g shame it was ever published on Thought Catalog
April 5, 2011 Feministing – The un-funny, unfair and un-feminist thing about victim-blaming – A rebuttal to Chelsea Fagan’s Thought Catalog essay: “The Funny Thing About the ‘Slutwalk,’”
April 5, 2011 CBC News – Nurse accused of sexually assaulting senior – Leonid Kozlov, 45, who works at Castleview Wychwood Towers, near Christie and Dupont streets, was arrested Monday.
April 4, 2011 Guardian News (UK) – Raped policeman: ‘I never thought I would be a victim’ – A detective investigating sexual assaults was devastated when he himself was raped. Here he tells his tale anonymously
April 3, 2011 – Newsweek (US) – The Military’s Secret Shame – For most of military history, there was neither a system nor language in place to deal with incidents of soldier-on-soldier sexual assault.
March 29, 2011 CBC News – Toronto police officer charged in teen sex case – Const. Brandon Fraser, 24, is accused of sexually assaulting the 14-year-old between January and May 2009. The alleged “inappropriate” sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy occurred between September 2010 and March 2011
March 16, 2011 CBC News – Global pedophile ring probe nets 2 Canadian charges – In Ontario Philip Publuske, 40, has been charged with one count of possessing child pornography and one count of distributing child pornography and in Saskatchewan John William Lapage, 68, of Abernethy, Sask., has been charged with accessing child pornography, possessing child pornography and making