March 26, 2010

This week in the news (March 19 – 26, 2010)

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, News Release, Victim Blaming at 9:17 pm by sacetalks

The following is a list of news articles and editorials on sexual assault in communities across the globe (over the past 7 days).  Many of the articles below may contain victim-blaming language, distortion of information which supports sexual assault myths, and/or triggering content.  What these articles do showcase is the prevalence of sexual assault (given that only a small percentage of the 1 in 10 sexual assaults in Canada which are reported receive media attention, several articles on sexual assault within one week indicate a huge number of assaults), what kinds of sexual assaults are reported and how rampant sexual assault myths are.  Please be aware that SACE does not support the content or delivery of any of the following news pieces.

Edmonton

Man charged with sexual assault of a minor acquitted on all counts

Man who met teen online found not guilty of sex charges

Dance teacher charged with sexual assault

Dance instructor faces sex charges

Alberta

Appeal court sends ex-counsellor to prison

Rocky man jailed for sex assaults

Accused psychiatrist has testified in Red Deer

Years of cases reviewed after Dr. Levin charged with sex assault

Busy day in Grande Prairie Court

Accused killer’s fate comes down to timing, court hears

Levin charged with sexual assault

Sex assault victim speaks out

Niagara man arrested in Alberta

Baumgarte handed 18-year sentence for kidnap and rape of teen girl

Alberta teen’s kidnapper sentenced to 18 years

Crown wants violent sex offender jailed

Canada

Coren column depicts homosexuals unfairly

Hamilton woman follows her attacker until arrest

Sexual activity preceded by teen babysitter’s consent, accused man tells court

Abduction, rape case heading to trial

Man threatens sex escort with gun

Alleged tanning peeper charged again

Shingabis gets life

Church official charged with sexual offences

Man wanted in violent sex attack; woman dragged through parking lot

Police probe south-end assault

Incident leads to multiple charges

Child porn added to sex charges against soldier

Burnt Church slaying gets hearing date

Police seek victim in possible downtown sex crime

Cuts sever shelter’s healing program

MacIntosh sex trial will go ahead

Shaunavon Man Receives Jail Time for Sexual Assault

Courts fail women: study

Man wanted in three provinces arrested by police in Saskatchewan

BC man wanted on sex-related charges in Ont. appears in Swift Current court

Man gets 15 months and probation for sex assault

Andersen sentencing set over

Bail waived in sex assault case

Program aims to curb elder abuse in Asian community

Rocked by killings, Ontario city earns nickname ‘Murderville’

A million little connections

Judge alters restrictions on sex offender — Karl Crack considered high risk to re-offend — Now permitted to live in Thessalon

April trial set for man accused of making threats

Arrest made in death of inmate at Don Jail

Manslaughter not murder

You, Me and Us: Similar, Strong and Diverse – Symposium on Specific Experiences of Sexual Assault

Man facing charges for sexually assaulting four-year-old

Daycare worker facing new kid-porn charges

Cops rescue teen from alleged lurer

Police continue search for sex assault suspect

Police probe assault at downtown strip club

City man charged with sexual assault

Former youth counsellor charged with sexual assault

Peel Crisis Centre says ‘no’ to violence with Bowlathon

Jesso still a threat to the public, belongs in jail: Crown

Sex assault trial of former teacher wraps up in Supreme Court

Col. Williams back in court April 29

Appeals court upholds stay in sexual assault charges from 2006 against Centreville man

Sexual assault arrest in city park

HISTORICAL SEXUAL ASSAULTS

Man Arrested In Beaverly Sexual Assault

Charges Laid in Recent Sexual Assault

Suspect sought in violent sexual assault of 19-year-old woman

Sexual assault campaign promotes speaking out

Norfolk County : Convicted Man In Robbery & Sex Assault To Appeal

Ontario cops looking for suspects from sexual assault case

Comox RCMP arrest man for sexual assault

Babysitter, 71, charged with sex assault on two foster girls

Girl allegedly assaulted by online poser

Two Women Facing Charges In Connection To Alleged Gang Sex Assaults

Pastor of church at centre of sexual assault allegations arrested

Three get bail in gang sexual assault case

Crown seeks 10-year sentence in York University sexual assaults

Thoughts of family kept her going during 30 days of captivity

Man faces kidnapping, sexual assault charges

Scarborough acupuncturist charged with sexual assault

Woman Spots Her Alleged Sexual Assault Suspect

Sexual assault charge

International

Report: Bathroom guarded where alleged Roethlisberger assault took place

Investigators withdraw Roethlisberger DNA request in sexual assault accusation

2006 child rape evidence left to rot

Child sex abuse expert tells US jury that Boy Scouts put boys at risk

An apology won’t end the abuse

4th convicted member of Texas polygamist group gets 75-year sentence for child sexual assault

Small-town French priest under investigation in sex case based on complaint, photos

Arizona judge moves Liberian teen’s gang-rape case from adult court to juvenile system

Halliburton, KBR drop appeal seeking to block lawsuit from contractor who says she was raped

He apologized: Italian court cuts sentence for man convicted in student slaying

Rugby star Stewart accused of sex assault

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March 19, 2010

This week in the news (March 12-19, 2010)

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Men's role in sexual assault, movies, News Release, Rape Culture, SACE Events, Victim Blaming at 9:48 pm by sacetalks

The following is a list of news articles and editorials on sexual assault in communities across the globe (over the past 7 days).  Many of the articles below may contain victim-blaming language, distortion of information which supports sexual assault myths, and/or triggering content.  What these articles do showcase is the prevalence of sexual assault (given that only a small percentage of the 1 in 10 sexual assaults in Canada which are reported receive media attention, several articles on sexual assault within one week indicate a huge number of assaults), what kinds of sexual assaults are reported and how rampant sexual assault myths are.  Please be aware that SACE does not support the content or delivery of any of the following news pieces.

Edmonton

Week to end sexual exploitation

City of Edmonton Proclaims Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness

Eerie link in Nina Courtepatte case

Alberta

Police seize date rape drugs during traffic stop

Experts switch sides in murder trial

Murder trial delayed for ex-city man

Banff rape victim fights back

Alberta man who lured, sexually assaulted teen gets two years in jail

Canada

Former hockey coach in Moncton, NB, pleads guilty to sex-related charges

VPD releases sketch of suspected sexual predator

Canada-wide warrant issued for accused rapist

Former minister facing historical sexual offences appears in court

Local RCMP nab wanted man

Former city engineer charged

Man gropes 12-year-old, receives 45 days in jail

Court enters pleas on behalf of man charged with sex offences

No Bail Yet for Berry

Woman assaulted

Rattray hearing today

Soldier faces child-porn charge

Probation for threats against officer’s family

Sex offender denied bid for quick release

Aboriginal non-profit loses funding

Sex abuser of children gets 10-year sentence

Toronto police getting more calls after doctor charged with sexual assault

Bar staff groped: NEWS BRIEFS

Iqaluit child porn collector jailed three months

Taking the ‘Next Step’

Online chat led to sexual assault, BC woman testifies

Government targets violent young offenders

Keeping silent about domestic abuse can possibly be deadly

RCMP aid in case

Kingston women ‘don’t stop’ celebrating International Women’s Week

Father outraged by Oake decision

Saskatoon man sent to prison

Olympic Crime Rate: Violent Crime Up During Vancouver 2010 Games

Vancouver 2010: Olympic Security Police -Charges -Sexual Assault

Attacker yanks woman off Halifax street

Man faces assault charges

Former official charged with child porn offences

Sex offender not going to jail

Another child porn charge

Amherst man charged with sexual assault

Man charged with sex assaults

Sexual assault in Caledon, woman jumps from moving car

Former school janitor facing more sexual assault charges

Changes To Sex Offender Registry

ASSAULT, THREATS, THEFT, CONFINEMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT

Former church youth volunteer charged with sexual assault of 13-year-old girl

Preliminary hearing held in alleged sexual assault

Sexual assault suspect sought after Friel incident

Sexual assault case will go to trial soon

Soccer coach pleads guilty to sex assault

Former Youth Counsellor Charged with Sexual Assault

Korean sex assault suspects given bail

Mounties acquitted of sexually assaulting woman at party

Married father of three jailed for sexual assault

Homeless man gets 6 years for sexual assault

Halton police constable charged with sexual assault

Man arrested for sexual assault from 2007

Ex-Herd goalie up on sexual assault rap

Ottawa police hunt for sexual predator

BC police issue warning on suspected sex offender

SIU says cops not to blame in man’s death

Sex offender admits to sexual assault

Man wanted in sexual assault

International

Anti-rape funds in Congo wasted: critics

Benedict’s almighty battle

Christopher Hitchens: The great Catholic cover-up

Montreal woman to testify at Greek rape trial

Girls, 8 and 10, must spend weekends with sex offender father

Retired US General links massacre to presence of gay soldiers

Roethlisberger’s lawyer hires private investigator

Rape scene cut from ‘Runaways’

UN conference an eye opener for Beach woman

Rescue mission to save a persecuted family

Dream visit to homeland a nightmare journey into the heart of Guatemala

Minn. bill would ban state employees from staying at hotels with pay-per-view pornography

US cop to stand trial on rape charge

Big Ben’s scandal gets South Park treatment

Polygamist group member convicted: Texas AG

UN leader visits Haitian camp to assess rain danger

March 8, 2010

Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness: Parent Information Night

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, News Release at 5:09 pm by sacetalks

Protecting Kids from Online Sexual Predators

Are your children safe from online sexual predators? Learn how you can protect them from being lured into sexual exploitation on the Internet during this free information session. Craig Krieger from the Technology and Internet Crimes Unit at Alberta Justice will share real-life cases of online sexual exploitation. You will leave knowing the risks and signs of online sexual exploitation—and ways to keep your children safe.

Date: Wed., March 17, 2010

Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Location: Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq.

Cost: Free.

Limited seating is available.

This event is brought to you by the Sexual Exploitation Working Group, led by the City of Edmonton in collaboration with many community agencies. Through its Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness (March 15-20, 2010), the Working Group strives to create awareness of sexual exploitation and the conditions that cause it. For other events being held during the Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness, visit edmonton.ca/StopSexualExploitation

Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness – March 15 – 19, 2010

Posted in Current Events, News Release, SACE Events at 5:02 pm by sacetalks

Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness

March 15 – 19, 2010

Sexual exploitation happens right here in Edmonton—and it affects us all. Learn how you can help prevent sexual exploitation. Together, we can build a safe city.

Get informed. Get involved. Take part in these Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week events:

Youth Dare2Care Challenge • February 16 – March 15

Youth are invited to show that they “dare to care” about sexual exploitation by participating in this art challenge.

Proclamation of the Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness: March 15 • 1:30 – 2 p.m. • Theatre, Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Join Councillor Amarjeet Sohi, EPS Chief Mike Boyd, and
community activist Danielle Boudreau to proclaim the week.

Sexual Exploitation Educational Night for Parents: March 17 • 7 p.m. • Theatre, Stanley A. Milner Library,7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Learn how you can protect kids from being lured into sexual exploitation on the Internet at this free information session with Craig Krieger from Alberta Justice.

Dare to Wear Day • March 19

Show your support for the prevention and elimination of sexual
exploitation by wearing the colour orange to work, school—or anywhere.

Closing Ceremonies March 19 • 10 a.m. • Heritage Room, City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Bring the week to a close with Mayor Mandel, Aboriginal drummer, Rocky Morin, and others.

For more information about these events, visit http://www.edmonton.ca/StopSexualExploitation

Join the Facebook group: Search for “Sexual Exploitation
Week of Awareness.”

These events are brought to you by the Sexual Exploitation Working Group, led by the City of Edmonton in collaboration with many community agencies. The Working Group strives to create awareness of sexual exploitation and the conditions that cause it.

March 5, 2010

This week in the news (February 26 – March 5, 2010)

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Myths, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 11:02 pm by sacetalks

The following is a list of news articles and editorials on sexual assault in communities across the globe (over the past 7 days).  Many of the articles below may contain victim-blaming language, distortion of information which supports sexual assault myths, and/or triggering content.  What these articles do showcase is the prevalence of sexual assault (given that only a small percentage of the 1 in 10 sexual assaults in Canada which are reported receive media attention, several articles on sexual assault within one week indicate a huge number of assaults), what kinds of sexual assaults are reported and how rampant sexual assault myths are.  Please be aware that SACE does not support the content or delivery of any of the following news pieces.

Edmonton

Edmonton man sentenced to 11 years for rape

Man guilty in sex attack on homeless

Gratton pleads guilty to sex assaults, kidnapping

Kittens, ice cream used to lure girls

Alcohol-fuelled sex assaults on the rise

Booze played role in 2009 city sex assaults

Alberta

New trial ordered for former Calgary jail guard convicted of sexual assault

Grande Prairie coach charged with sexually assaulting girls

Police officer describes murder scene in Watcheston trial

Long prison sentence done deal for killer

Canada

Confronting sexual violence one dyke at a time

Can colonel get a fair trial?

Crown to seek dangerous offender status for Tait

Burnt Church murder case adjourned

Defence plans stay of charges application

Jailed sex offender awaits evaluation

Accused and victim in cold case speak to CTV News

Body left in bag for garbage, trial hears

Band name offensive, not progressive

Man pleads guilty to molesting young child

Another Date Set in Rodger Case

Oshawa man charged with making child porn

Trial in brutal Dartmouth attack set for fall

Police seek victims of juvenile prostitution ring

Teen who got 13-year-old cousin pregnant gets nine months jail

Crime stats show increase in 2009

Sex assault charges laid

Former teacher appealing sex assault conviction

Retired Windsor priest arrested on sex assault charges

Sexual Assault Charges

Sexual assault in park

Court date set for Kelowna man accused of sexual assault, unlawful confinement and robbery

NB pastor jailed for indecent assault

Five men charged in series of Montreal-area sex assaults

Woman sexually assaulted in south Surrey

Sex with identical twin subject of assault case

Coquitlam police investigating sex assault

Jim Carrey pal sentenced for sex assault

Man with hepatitis B jailed for sexual assault

Doctor charged with sexual assault, threatening

Woman reports sexual assault in downtown Ottawa

Police search for Ottawa man charged with sex assault

Motivation behind sex assaults scrutinized

Police searching for sexual assault suspect

Yukon man on lam from BC halfway house

International

American Teen Gets 15 Years For Facebook Sex Scam

Former Raptor charged in teen kidnapping case

Facebook: A wake up call!

HIV/AIDS and Sexual Violence: An Unspoken Partnership

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Intimate Partner Violence at 9:41 pm by sacetalks

The United Nations HIV/AIDS program UNAIDS has announced that HIV/AIDS is now the world’s leading killer of women of reproductive age. The organization is also addressing the specific issue of violence against women as a factor in transmission. UNAIDS notes that as many as 70% of women worldwide have experienced violence, which limits a woman’s ability to negotiate safer sex — and unprotected sex a woman doesn’t want is sexual assault.

Some researchers have been looking at the problem for quite some time, searching for ways that women can protect themselves from HIV transmission without relying on a partner’s condom use. One promising area is the search for a microbicide that could be applied vaginally and anally to protect against HIV. This could be applied by a woman without her needing to tell a partner she was using it, thus giving her some protection even if her partner refuses to allow it. Although probably not as effective as condoms (male or female), a microbicide would reduce a woman’s risk, particularly if her partner refuses to use condoms. Other options for women include female condoms, but some partners will refuse to allow a woman to use them. Cervical protection is another possible method currently under research.

However, microbicides, female condoms, cervical barriers, and other woman-centred prevention methods do not address the underlying social and systemic roots that influence such high transmission rates. UNAIDS is recognizing this by putting forward a five-year programming plan that includes anti-violence work as part of HIV-prevention strategies. The organization hopes that by reducing rates of sexual violence and intimate partner violence, they will also bring about a reduction in HIV infection rates for women.

This move by UNAIDS reflects the reality of HIV/AIDS. In southern Africa, three women are living with HIV to every one man who has the disease. Around the world, women are more susceptible to infection, not only because of their physiology but also because of their social status and the violence committed against them. Women everywhere are forced into unprotected sex, sometimes through physical force, but often because of coercion, intimidation, fear, poverty, and social expectations that a woman must satisfy her husband’s sexual demands, regardless of her desire or consent.

Approaches to prevention can also target women unfairly. In some places, virginity testing is seen as a solution to the AIDS crisis. Girls and women may not pass these tests–every woman’s body is different, and there is no way to tell if a woman has had sex simply by examining her genitals. However, “failing” one of these tests might leave a woman vulnerable to social stigma, abuse, or sexual assault (because she is seen as a loose woman), and she may not be able to marry and may experience economic deprivation. Additionally, many women are infected by their husbands, who are often not held to the same standard of chastity and monogamy as women. Some people also wrongly believe that sex with a virgin will cure HIV/AIDS, making young women and children vulnerable to sexual assault by abusers seeking a cure. Other practices, including FGM, widow cleansing, and early/child marriage, also contribute to women’s exploitation and abuse as well as their likelihood of contracting HIV, although they are sometimes framed as being prevention strategies. HIV prevention too often becomes an excuse to control, abuse, and constrain women instead of genuinely protecting them from infection.

But even good, science-based prevention programs may not be serving women well if they are not addressing the underlying social factors that lead to high infection rates in women. Women need more than education on condom use and safer sex practices — they need to be safe from violence of all kinds and have economic and social independence so that they are not forced into or to stay in abusive relationships. Women living with HIV* also need these protections so that they can make choices for their sexuality without risking being infected with other strains of the virus or other STIs. Until we see this widespread social change, women are likely to continue to bear the brunt of the HIV epidemic.

*UNAIDS has also recognized that there are problems with how women living with HIV are served by some support organizations and that women who have tested positive may experience violence because of their HIV status.