May 14, 2010

This week in the news (May 7 – 14, 2010)

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Men's role in sexual assault, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 8:29 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

‘Remorseless’ Edmonton rapist’s conviction stands

New media leave news bans in dust

Alberta

Nine charges laid in bizarre series of incidents

More court dates for Richard Walker

Sex abuse victim finally gets justice

Evidence doesn’t support confessed killer: Crown

Canada

Former Crown attorney acquitted of sex charge

Former Crown attorney denies sexual assault

Toronto man wanted for sexual assault

Soldier due in court on sex assault charges

Petawawa residents not told of sex attacks

Paramedic charged with sexual assault

Surrey man charged with sexual assault of 9-year-old Surrey girl

Investigation into Graham James ongoing

Disgraced and pardoned hockey coach found

Tories consider returning the term ‘rape’ to Criminal Code

Tory minister wants rape put back into Criminal Code

Call it rape: Rewrite the Criminal Code

Examining assault laws

Pardon system needs work

Teacher convicted of sexual assaults still in ‘good standing’

Sex assault centre no place for sexual workshop: Critics

Toronto man facing 11 charges for sexual assault and child porn

Waterloo police charge Ottawan with sex assault

Woman sues Col. Williams, wife for $2.45M after alleged sex assault

Mississauga man arrested for sex assault of 14-year-old

Corporal charged in sex attacks remanded

NL man jailed for assaulting disabled woman

Manuels janitor pleads not guilty on sex charges

Sex-abuse victims use quilt to tell stories

Toronto swim coach facing five charges from sexual assault

Toronto police searching for subway sex assault suspect

Former Oshawa Scout leader and teacher charged with historic sex assault

Jiu-Jitsu instructor charged with sexual assault

NB kidnap accused gets psychiatric exam

Police seek man after sex assault on 17-year-old

Rank saved Russell from questioning: ex-neighbour

Teen raped, then ‘demonized’ friend

PEI sex assault victims’ treatment may change

HIV-positive man cleared of sex assault charges

15 Year Old Charged With Sexual Assault

Tories propose tighter pardon rules

Reaching out to victims

Two bands singled out for high number of sex assaults

5 arrested for alleged sexual assault

Sexual assault suspect released into custody of his father

Expert outlines Canada’s goal for victims of sexual assault

More HIV victims feared after arrest

Public warned about sex offender’s release

Pedophile ordered to hospital stay

Windsor police nab man in dog abuse case

Bus driver faces more sex raps

Link between hockey and rape studied

Survivor strategies

Friend’s voice, not Badgerow’s, on 911 call — witness

Man jailed 10 years for abusing, making porn of stepdaughter

Limited info on sex case

Internet raises news issues for court publication bans

Vagina Monologues controversial in BC town

Prelim trial in October for abduction, rape case

Life sentences for sexual predators only way to protect children

Smelter shutdown leads to increase in domestic violence

Clothesline Project teams up with Ravenswing again for a public display of politics

Man accused of sex crimes involving minors

Judge describing offender as ‘good man’ is insulting

Missing woman’s kin quizzed by cops

Kitchener man charged with assaulting prostitute

Bat deliberately kept handy, court hears

Man to get RCMP apology even after guilty verdict

Man accused of sex offences will have two separate trials

Youth justice bill targets repeaters

Officer wields pencil to catch the bad guys

Crime and Punishment in Canada

Nanaimo men don high heels for women’s issues

Disgraced physiotherapist jailed

Feds too soft on youth crime: Swan

Former school janitor pleads not guilty to sex-related offences against young girls

Crime rate continues to drop

Former pastor intern facing sex assault charges

N.S. woman sues Catholic Church over alleged sexual abuse

Victim warns local students of dangers lurking online

No date set in Broomfield court case

No US jail for Moncton man

International

Lindsay Massaro, former Great Meadows student teacher, indicted on charges she sexually assaulted boy

Separating sex and war in Congo

Former Northampton County worker admits sexually assaulting 12-year-old boy

Teen girl charged with stalking

Census worker charged with rape of disabled woman

Sazmand set to appear in court June 10 for trial dates

Home Free: A federal resettlement program for Burmese Karen sees 4,000 refugees starting new lives in Canada

Police launch crime advice service in nightclub

Pa. trooper appeals order preventing him from working for Roethlisberger

Steelers uncertain when Roethlisberger will return

Big Ben must try to fix image

Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler Speaks at the National Internet Crimes Against Children’s Conference

Pedophiles and Popes: Doing the Vatican Shuffle, Protecting the Perpetrators

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1 Comment »

  1. Keith Smith said,

    My name is Keith Smith. I was abducted, beaten and raped by a stranger. It wasn’t a neighbor, a coach, a relative, a family friend or teacher. It was a recidivist pedophile predator who spent time in prison for previous sex crimes; an animal hunting for victims in the quiet, bucolic, suburban neighborhoods of Lincoln, Rhode Island.

    I was able to identify the guy and the car he was driving. Although he was arrested that night and indicted a few months later, he never went to trial. His trial never took place because he was brutally beaten to death in Providence before his court date. 34 years later, no one has ever been charged with the crime.

    In the time between the night of my assault and the night he was murdered, I lived in fear. I was afraid he was still around town. Afraid he was looking for me. Afraid he would track me down and kill me. The fear didn’t go away when he was murdered. Although he was no longer a threat, the simple life and innocence of a 14-year-old boy was gone forever. Carefree childhood thoughts replaced with the unrelenting realization that my world wasn’t a safe place. My peace shattered by a horrific criminal act of sexual violence.

    Over the past 34 years, I’ve been haunted by horrible, recurring memories of what he did to me. He visits me in my sleep. There have been dreams–nightmares actually–dozens of them, sweat inducing, yelling-in-my-sleep nightmares filled with images and emotions as real as they were when it actually happened. It doesn’t get easier over time. Long dead, he still visits me, silently sneaking up from out of nowhere when I least expect it. From the grave, he sits by my side on the couch every time the evening news reports a child abduction or sex crime. I don’t watch America’s Most Wanted or Law and Order SVU, because the stories are a catalyst, triggering long suppressed emotions, feelings, memories, fear and horror. Real life horror stories rip painful suppressed memories out from where they hide, from that recessed place in my brain that stores dark, dangerous, horrible memories. It happened when William Bonin confessed to abducting, raping and murdering 14 boys in California; when Jesse Timmendequas raped and murdered Megan Kanka in New Jersey; when Ben Ownby, missing for four days, and Shawn Hornbeck, missing for four years, were recovered in Missouri.

    Despite what happened that night and the constant reminders that continue to haunt me years later, I wouldn’t change what happened. The animal that attacked me was a serial predator, a violent pedophile trolling my neighborhood in Lincoln, Rhode Island looking for young boys. He beat me, raped me, and I stayed alive. I lived to see him arrested, indicted and murdered. It might not have turned out this way if he had grabbed one of my friends or another kid from my neighborhood. Perhaps he’d still be alive. Perhaps there would be dozens of more victims and perhaps he would have progressed to the point of silencing his victims by murdering them.

    Out of fear, shame and guilt, I’ve been silent for over three decades, sharing with very few people the story of what happened to me. No more. The silence has to end. The fear, the shame, the guilt have to go. It’s time to stop keeping this secret from the people closest to me, people I care about, people I love, my long-time friends and my family. It’s time to speak out to raise public awareness of male sexual assault, to let other victims know that they’re not alone and to help victims of rape and violent crime understand that the emotion, fear and memories that may still haunt them are not uncommon to those of us who have shared a similar experience. For those who suffer in silence, I hope my story brings some comfort, strength, peace and hope.

    Men in My Town is the story of my abduction, beating and rape and the unsolved brutal murder of the man who attacked me.

    Men in My Town by Keith Smith, available now at Amazon.com

    Autographed copies available exclusively at {Indie}Pendent Books, http://www.indiependentbooks.com

    For additional information visit the Men in My Town blog at http://www.meninmytown.wordpress.com

    Email the author at MenInMyTown@aol.com


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