September 17, 2010

This week in the news (September 10 – 17, 2010)

Posted in Age of consent, Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, News Release, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 11:03 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

Women’s groups blast Eskimos’ hiring choice

Tillman hiring spawns plenty of reaction

Morinville teacher denies sexual assault allegations

Teacher not guilty of sex charges

Hearing on hotel attack charges set for March

United Way aims for fundraising record

Alberta

Teen charged with sex assault

Local briefs – September 16

Canada

Police searching for suspect involved in sexual assault at house party

Two arrested in connection to rave sex assault

Sexual assault victim tells her story

Gang rape photos on Facebook: police

Man faces child sex charges from ’90s

Weekend sexual assault prompts warning from Vancouver police

Mounties on the hunt for man assaulting Kelowna women

5 charged in beating, sex assault

No remorse for sexual assault: Crown

Four years for sexual assault of 12-year-old

Woman grabbed on street; suspect charged with sex assault, kidnapping

Whitby McDonald’s manager charged with sexual offences against minors

Doctor faces abuse charges before College

Alibis key as sex assault trial wraps

Women and men Take Back the Night

Taking a stand

Taking back the night

Lack of DNA evidence halts sex trial

Prosecutor calls for 19-year sentence for HIV sex-assailant

Springhill physician pleads not guilty to sex assault charge

Mark Lafleur arrested

Teen Male Arrested For Sexual Offences

Elizabeth Fry Society reports an increase of sex assault complaints

Laffin lets lawyer appear for him on sex assault charges

Foot fetishist ‘dangerous sex offender’

Defrocked priest convicted of sex assaults paroled

Bail denied for accused Regina man

Border guard ordered strip searches: Crown

March to raise awareness about sexual violence

Grads gone wild

Take Back the Niagara rally goes Thursday

Victim saved by ‘angel’ relives frightful horror

Consequences needed

SJR making changes after sex abuse charges

More charges laid

Pratas facing two counts of failing to comply with bail conditions

Take Back the Night marching this Friday

Charge stayed due to doctor’s mental state

Sean Funk pre trial rescheduled

Woman, 34, sexually assaulted at North York massage parlour

Men found guilty

Officer’s trial adjourned

City man charged following criminal harassment investigation

Images spread so quickly, impossible to recall

Judge stays sex charges against man

Drug dealer guilty of rape

‘She’s going to be missed’

Teens appear in court on murder charge

Renald Côté to participate in UofM rehabilitation program

Annual march designed to help women Take Back the Night

Taking back the night

Ottawa police seek man who grabbed schoolgirl

Nine months for sex assault

Assailant was mentally ill: lawyer

Man charged in gruesome cemetery case

‘Con Air’ sends another one back to Ontario

‘Fen’ MacIntosh sentencing adjourned after defence objects to report

Psychiatric assessment ordered for man guilty of Courtice assault

Lepage abandons appeal

Man charged with assaulting a Toronto sex worker

Man deemed delusional when he slashed wife

Trial postponed in case of Quebec gym teacher accused of sex with her student

Safety main reason cited by coalition to keep gun registry

Man charged with disturbing graves in Baker Lake

Guilty plea for sexual assault of child

True shame belongs to the violent

Judge to decide on location of Proctor homicide trial

Adult Community Healing Resource Centre Opens October 1, 2010 in Cornwall Ontario

Vicious beating leaves victim’s kin traumatized

At OPP recruitment, gays set to protest “history of brutal policing”

Lawyers to present pretrial motions Nov. 22 in bishop’s child porn case

More sex charges a possibility

Rape trial stayed as woman avoids court after recanting charges

Preliminary inquiry in Dartmouth murder case set for March

The naked truth: It’s there somewhere

Sex attack suspect: mother ‘raised me to respect women’

Time served for scissors stabbing; neither man remembers attack

Take Back The Night

Granddad admits sex crimes against two

Police “aggressively” investigating jail cell incident

International

Teen alleges sexual assault, Fonzie the Clown charged

Judd opens up about sex assault

Sharpe takes leave from CBS after assault allegation

Christopher Hitchens: What if the Church’s own rules applied to it?

Reporter’s foray into Jets locker-room touches off debate

High cost of antique treaties

Filipino man jailed for having child porn

Rotten settles attack case

Israeli Soldiers Sexually Abuse Palestinian Children

Woman drags naked man by his beard

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August 13, 2010

This week in the news (August 6 – 13, 2010)

Posted in Age of consent, Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), hate crimes, homophobia, Intimate Partner Violence, News Release, Victim Blaming at 8:24 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

HIV positive man jailed for drunken sex

Alberta

Red Deer care worker arrested, charged with sexual assault

Warning issued about freed sex offender

X-ray Alberta foster kids, judge says

More security cameras placed in cabs

Canada

Priest charged with decades old sex assault

Woman hit with hammer, sexually assaulted

Sexual assault is a crime, no matter who’s assaulted

New Charges For Man Accused of Sexual Assault

Cornwall man faces sexual assault charge

Teen reports sexual assault

Man arrested in NB wanted for violent sex assault in US

Suspect wanted in Etobicoke sex attack

Guilty verdict in Fountainhead trial

Playing fast and loose with crime statistics

14 year old boy charged with sexual assault in Newmarket

Senior citizen facing sexual assault charges

Northumberland OPP officer accused of sexual assault

Student teachers in Abbotsford, Surrey face sex charges

Suffering in silence

Cabbie accused of sex assault back behind wheel

Victoria-area Catholic priest faces sex charges involving children

Priest had past allegations of sexual abuse against kids

Helping Anishinabek Victims Of Crime

Coquitlam substitute teacher charged with fifth sex-related offence

Teenager not guilty of rape and sexual assault

Male Charged with Sexual Offences

Molester gets 20-month jail term

Sixty Seven Year Old Man Arrested On Sexual Assault In Quesnel

Ex-inmate launches suit against BC, guard

Priest faces more sex charges

RNC investigating case of suspicious person who approached child in CBS

Stronger self results in victim retelling story of abuse

Police receive stream of tips about priest in sex case

Church issues defence in sex assault suit

Woman tells court fear prevented her trying to fight off rapist

Ottawa man charged with sexual assault, forceable confinement

Date deferred again for poz man awaiting trial

Family ‘incensed’ over comments by Ashbury official

BC used penile teen sex test for decades

P.A. teacher back in court on sex charges

Suspect in Oshawa sex assault arrested

Man jailed for sexual assault on teenage girl

Dangerous sex offender sought in Abbotsford area

Inmate attack nets more time in jail

Vannatter to stand trial

Former football player faces charges

Kitchener man charged with sexually assaulting woman in her 80s

Suspect in rooming house death makes appearance

Doctor gets a year in jail

Wilbert Marshall sworn in as chief of Chapel Island

Basilians say money was to help alleged victim heal

International

California Mom Facing 67 Sexual Assault Charges

Attorney says probe officer who was with Roethlisberger in Ga. is inactive

Goa media urged to overlook tourism-related misadventures

August 6, 2010

This week in the news (July 30 – August 6, 2010)

Posted in Age of consent, Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, News Release, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 9:54 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

Molester pummelled by convict

Alberta

Former city psychiatrist faces 20 new sex charges

Sex attack lands 30-month jail term

Canada

Vancouver police seeking clues in sexual assault case

Ottawa police seek same man in two sexual assaults

Toronto police searching for sexual assault suspect

Saskatoon man gets prison term for 2008 sexual assault of 14-year-old

Proposal to put ‘rape’ back in criminal code abandoned

Missing teen sex assault victim sought

Man gets four years’ probation for assault during Ashbury trip

SIU investigates sex assault allegations against OPP officer

Suspect in bench assault due in court Aug. 31

Police are looking for person who followed sex assault suspect

Toronto residents fail to report crime due to perceived hassle, insignificance

Cyberpredator gets 10 years less time served

Victim Impact Statements

Man arrested for alleged sexual assault in town

Sex offender called risk to females of all ages

Man arrested for sexual assault

Man Accused in Sexual Assault at St. Vincent Hospital Denied Bail

Sexual assault charges dropped

Victims of sex abuse must be able to tell their stories

Boy was assaulted, say police

Former Saanich priest arrested on multiple sex charges

Woman sexually assaulted in downtown Vancouver

Former massage therapist wants ‘life back’

Two arrests, many charges

Sex offender lacks remorse, court told

Assault charge for ex-Lion

Ex-Blue QB on Texas wanted list

Pedophile’s harsh sentence hardly enough

DNA key difference

A woman’s place is on the police force

Dangerous sexual offender Koenders could be in Abbotsford

Long-term offender granted 3 short unescorted outings

Sex Assault Suspect and Fifteen Year-Old Victim Located

Mistaken inmate release under review

No one has the right to abuse

Manitoba inmates accidentally freed

Kelowna’s Most Wanted

Hearing begins into sex attack on woman

Offender back to prison

Prisoner released by mistake in Newfoundland

HIV-related criminal cases based on fear, not science, say advocates

Former Port Alice doctor sentenced – maintains innocence

Controversy Over NLHC Tenant

Band: Sex offender shouldn’t be chief

Indian Affairs rules sex offender is chief

Young girl attacked in school bathroom

So disturbing it is almost impossible to watch: judge

International

Self Proclaimed “Indian” Spiritual Guru Jailed For Rape

Unresolved legal situation leaves Packers CB Underwood unclear on future

Goa home minister, son linked to drug mafia: Scarlett’s mother

Al Gore cleared of sex assault allegations

August 4, 2010

This week in the news (July 23 – 30, 2010)

Posted in Age of consent, Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 10:29 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

Busted by science? Bank on it

Alberta

Calgary psychiatrist facing 20 more counts of sexual assault

Masseuse’s sex assault case delayed

Man admits to raping wife in front of child

Rapist seeks appeal but denied bail

Wife reported child porn suspect: court documents

Canada

Police release composite sketch of sexual assault suspect

Cab driver gets four years for sexually assaulting fare

Sketches of sex assault suspects released

North Saanich man not guilty of sexual assault and forcible confinement

Man arrested in sex assault at Ottawa respite-care centre

Man charged with voyeurism, making child porn, sexual assault

Ottawa police won’t review HIV disclosure policy

Retired doctor gets a year in sex-assault cases

Luxton sex assault shocks residents

Elder avoids jail term for sex assault

Man, 18, arrested in connection with Regina sexual assault

Community Gathers Around Victim Of Cemetery Sexual Assault

Burford man charged with assault of teen

Surrey man gets 13-1/2 years for child porn involving own daughters

Man guilty of sex crimes against two boys

Male facing sexual assault charges

11 years in jail doesn’t seem enough for sex tourist

Sask. woman admits making up nightmare sex-assault tale

Few sex assault victims seek help

Winnipeg teaching aide charged with sex assault

Sex charge prompts probe of youth-offencer penile test

Does HIV trump privacy?

Soaring crime rate pushing Nunavut’s judges past limit

G8/G20 Communique: G20 violence against women

Police still working on 2001 murder at CFB Trenton

Man charged after teen girl sexually assaulted on railway tracks: police

Repeat sex offenders should feel full weight of law

Suspect’s bail revoked in HIV murder attempt case

Teen rapist implicated by DNA

Five years for sex assault

BC doctor guilty in sex assault of teen patient

Victim’s brother in court to see accused colonel

‘Dangerous’ status sought for sex offender

3 fugitives nabbed by police in NB, Quebec

Charges Laid in Freeman Park Aggravated Assault

Sexual assault arrest

Beware of fake police

Man faces sex-related charges

The jamboree — some list of ‘highlights’

Williams’ wife ‘innocent victim’

Man jailed for missing court three years ago

Historic sex offender ordered deported

Assaulted on first date

P.A. sex exploitation case adjourned

Child pornographer released

Man charged with sexually assaulting girlfriend

House arrest extended to workshop for Millbrook man

Target johns, not prostitutes

Sex offender sues over alleged police beating

Teens charged in Kimberly Proctor murder appear in Victoria court

Durham police lay child porn charge

International

Michael Lyons AKA Mohan Singh sentenced for rape in London, England

A mission of mercy, mourning

Utah court reverses Jeffs’ convictions

Following a script to escape a nightmare

No consent? No problem!

‘Scarlett threatened by local few weeks before death’

People often regard massage therapists as prostitutes

Jurors in Pitino extortion trial watch TV interview

Jury finds Texas man guilty of starving 3 children

Casey Affleck sued for sexual harassment

US family sues Catholic diocese after accuser in priest abuse case commits suicide

July 20, 2010

This week in the news (July 9 – 16, 2010)

Posted in Age of consent, Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Popular Culture, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 10:07 pm by sacetalks

Last week’s news post was delayed because of tech problems, but we’re back online now!

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

Alberta

Accused in sex assault thought man was awake

Field trip sex was consensual, college teacher testifies

Man charged with sexual assault

Canada

Attempted murder charges for man arrested in vicious cemetery sex assault

Halifax police seek possible witness in sex assault

Sketch released of Burnaby sex-assault suspect

Sexual assault suspect denies charges

Trucker sought in sex assault, kidnapping case

St. Catharines man faces numerous sexual assault charges

Aggravated sexual assault suspect deported despite investigation

A trauma made worse

Women gather to decry hospitals’ lax standards for sexual assault staff

Man, 29, faces more sex assault charges in Waterloo

NL man convicted of sexual assault on salesman

Questions about how Regina police handled sexual assault and kidnapping case

Czapnik accused to appear on sex assault charges

Man wanted for assault on Oshawa sex worker

Arrest made in Vancouver sexual assault

Home invasion and sexual assault

Pal alerts Crime Stoppers

Police fear more victims

Jail counsellor coerced female inmate into sex

Man wanted in Copper Street sexual assault case located

Millbrook man receives house arrest for sexual assault from late ’60s

Sex offender’s bail hearing adjourned for one week

Murderer and rapist gets life sentence

Sexual assault suspect sought

Dangerous sex offender may be hiding in Toronto

Date set for trial

Poon released

QW man jailed two years

On paper, there are many risks to public security

Sex offender back in custody, faces more charges

Police seek dangerous sex offender

Bail hearing Tuesday for man facing sex assaults

UCDSB Apologizes to Abuse Victims

Man faces 15 years after guilty plea for molesting girls

Man, 29, found guilty of using Net to lure 2 girls

Pedophile pornographer apologizes

Pickering man accused of assaulting women at party

Gangster chooses 10-year sentence

Couple deserves 10 years for ‘heinous crime,’ Crown says

Sex offence sentences raised by PEI judge

Repeat violent offender faces new charge

Senior faces Internet luring charges

Man wanted for impersonating a police officer

Suspect wanted by regional police arrested in Ottawa

Man groped mentally disabled women

Rozon’s mayoralty musings are no laughing matter

Sex offender admits obscene call

Law firm seeks damages for man who took rap for Bernardo crime

Sex offender Baker granted early day parole

International

Russian pianist Pletnev says Thai sexual assault charge ‘a trivial scandal

Justice denied

Florida Day Care Assault Raises Questions About Inspections

Olympic cyclist sentenced for underage sex

Deaf inmate seeking exoneration in Texas says print matching sex offender proves his innocence

Malaysia gov’t minister visits Borneo tribe after fresh claims of girls raped by loggers

June 25, 2010

This week in the news (June 18 – 25, 2010)

Posted in Age of consent, Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 10:06 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

Victim in Svekla child sex assault files suit

Alberta

Woman’s complaint leads to sex assault charge against Okotoks massage therapist

Walker guilty of sexual assault

Court dismisses sex offender’s appeal

Man convicted in butcher knife attack sentenced to prison

Judge warns of rising ‘degree of violence’ in sentencing high-risk sex offender

Rape suspect could be in Alberta

Crown seeks jail for sex offender for violating release conditions

Canada

US man facing sex charge in Saskatchewan

Man jailed 27 years for sexual assaults appeals conviction

Crown to seek adult sentences in Victoria teen slaying

Exams were purely medical, MD tells sexual assault trial

Nanny pleads quilty to sexual assault

Defence rests at sexual assault trial

Man Charged In Sexual Assaults

Police seek sex assault suspect

Woman sexually assaulted by 2 males in park, say cops

Saskatoon Police Hunt For Sexual Assault Suspect

Woman Attacked Along Academy Road

Winnipeg soccer coach charged with sex abuse of girl

Sex assault victims close to settlement

Second alleged ‘Westdale flasher’ arrested

Abbotsford teacher faces sex charges involving 15-year-old student

RCMP investigating sexual assault in rural town

Sexual assault hearing against Truro man to be heard in Halifax

Man guilty in luring case ‘blind’ to victim’s age

Former Penguin boss claims relationship consensual

Sask. man convicted of sexually assaulting sleeping disabled woman

Sexual assault between Freeman Street and Gillet Street

No breach of Aziga’s rights

Comox Valley teens being lured to sex parties: RCMP

Reliving her nightmare

Axe-wielding man seeks vigilante justice

Ottawa police seek man wanted in Central Park sex assault

Williams case adjourned for one month

Coach accused of sexual relationship with girl, 17

Consent for sex didn’t apply to twin, appeal court rules

Man facing sex assault charge

Male Arrested and charged for Sexual Offences

Molester ‘Grandpa’ pleads guilty

TRENTON ASSAULT

Police warn parents of ‘grooming’

Charges laid in NHS assault

We need justice, not grandstanding

Parliament Passes Bill to Prevent Homolka Pardon

Man guilty of Courtice assault collecting three-for-one time

Shedding light on elder abuse

Multiple abuse sufferer finally finds some solace at assault centre

Craig to plead guilty to peace bond breach

Hospital worker forced to leave after racial, sexual harassment

Safety concerns raised after sex assault in Glebe park

Stumbling on issue of children at risk

People take offender concerns online

Intimate relations in nursing homes

Doctor banned from hospital

Charges dismissed

A tale of torture

Two more years in jail for sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

Police say offender at shelter

Sex offender will have extra conditions

Man gets 18 months for sexual assault of babysitter

International

No charges in Al Gore sex allegation

Female condom helps catch attackers, doctor says

Lawrence Taylor indicted on New York rape charge

Sexual assault accusation against Mets’ Santana thrown out

Man denies rape and burglary ‘Night Stalker’ charges

Fat Joe Questioned About Sexual Assault Complaint In Madison, WI

Deputy US marshal ‘shocked’ to find fugitive from Texas rape case working as cop in Bahamas

Catholic church accused of fraud in US, allowing alleged molester priest to work in Mexico

June 11, 2010

This week in the news (June 4 – 11, 2010)

Posted in Age of consent, Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 8:12 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.

Alberta

Calgary LRT killer files appeal

Local briefs – June 10

Kidnap, rape ‘exaggerated’

Canada

Man charged after sexual assault at Humber Bay Park West

Former Saskatoon doctor Krishna Vittala found guilty of sexual assault

Sexual assault trial against Dr. Edward Poon opens in Regina

Female patients testify that Regina doctor touched them inappropriately

Man who touched girl convicted of sexual assault

Cops need help in sex assault mystery

New sex-assault charges laid against alleged police-killer

Sexsomnia more common than Toronto researchers thought

Testing faith in niqab case is fair, complainant agrees

Niqab fight goes to top Ont. court

Kelowna rapist gets 5-year prison term

Teen, 16, stalked women with rape kit

Coquitlam teacher charged again

Saanich man extradited from England to face charges of sex offences against children

Trenton man facing two sexual assault charges

Truro, NS, men not guilty of sex assault

Jury to deliberate on sexual assault case today

Police release composite sketch of sexual assault suspect

Teen sentenced in truth-or-dare sex assault

Lindsay man pleads guilty to sexual assault

Desmond released from jail

Girl at risk because mom supports pedophile stepdad: Judge

Sicamous man gets one year in prison for sexual assault

‘High risk’ offender arrested for harassment

CAS shaken by ‘horrific’ abuse

Diocese, province settle with sex assault victims

Deportation delayed for sex assault suspect

Court documents provide first glimpse of Col. Williams’ wife’s devastation

Man appeals skywalk sex assault conviction

Person of interest wanted in connection to sex assault case

St. Catharines teen arrested in park sex attack

Another new charge for man accused of spreading HIV in Ottawa

Hunt on for high-risk sex offender missing from Vancouver halfway house

Killer admits to assault on sex-trade worker

Sex assault complaints up

HIV non-disclosure and the law in Canada

Aurora man charged with 8 counts of sex assault

‘Groundbreaking’ project helps abused women

Man accused of assaulting four co-workers

Sex offender gets day parole

Woman sexually assaulted in Mississauga. Composite released

Freedom brief for high-risk offender

Manitoba groups oppose pardon changes

Man gets four years for branding niece with machete

Teenager charged with raping Staines woman

Two-year prison sentence sought for man who had sexual intercourse with young daughter

Man gets nine months for assaulting prison guard

Parents warned about online predators

Bail delayed as HIV accused remains in custody

Not a done deal yet

Court records: What you can see and what you can’t

Badgerow’s fate in jury’s hands

Civil servant removed from taxicab board

International

Green Bay Packer accused of sexual assault

Packers’ Underwood facing sexual assault claim

Police: Money Exchanged Between Packer And Accuser

Ben Roethlisberger: I was dumb, young and immature

Kristen Stewart Apologizes for Paparazzi-Rape Comparison

Ex-CIA Official Pleads Guilty to Sex, Weapon and Cocaine Charges

Children behind Israeli bars

Britney Spears accused of sexual assault

June 10, 2010

Under the age of consent: it’s not sex, it’s sexual assault

Posted in Age of consent, Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 8:04 pm by sacetalks

A recent news item about a “sex contest” among grade 11 and 12 students at a BC high school arrived in my email inbox a few days ago thanks to a colleague. According to the story, the group of male students had planned a “game” where they would compete to see who could have sex with the most girls. Offensive enough, but the story becomes more disturbing because of the targets of the boys’ game: grade 8 girls.

Grade 11 and 12 students generally range in age from 16 to 19 years old, while grade 8 students are usually 13 to 14 years old. Let’s take a look at the age of consent in Canada. Our basic age of consent is 16 years old, which means that at 16, a person is considered to be able to take in the available information on sex and sexuality and decide what they want to do. However, there are some exceptions that apply to youth under 16*:
  • “Close in Age”
    • This applies to youth ages 14 and 15
    • Can consent to someone up to (but not including) five years older
    • For age 14, this means someone not older than 18
    • For age 15, this is someone not older than 19
  • “Peer experimentation”
    • Applies to youth ages 12 and 13
    • Can consent to someone up to (but not including) two years older
    • For age 12, this is someone not older than 13
    • For age 13, this is someone not older than 14

What this means is that for grade 8 students, many of them are not able to give consent to the average grade 11 or 12 student. Most youth do not turn 14 until at least halfway the school year, many of them not until after they complete grade 8. In these cases, if that older teen had sexual contact with that 13-year-old grade 8 student, that wouldn’t be sex. That’s sexual assault, plain and simple. However, the article refers to this as “sex with someone under 14” even when describing how the RCMP visited the school to explain the Criminal Code.

We have a social tendency to label sexual contact with someone under the age of consent as not-really sexual assault when the young person is in their early teens. Many people see it as inappropriate, but often, it’s viewed as less harmful than other types of sexual assault. Sometimes, they may feel that the young person behaved “seductively” or was a willing participant. However, this is claiming consent where no consent can legally exist: that younger person is not able to consent, and it is the older person’s responsibility not to abuse or exploit that youth, not to manipulate them, and to ensure that young person is really old enough to give consent. For a much older teen to use his age, more mature developmental status, and his social status as a high school student to obtain sexual contact with a grade 8 girl is exploitative and constitutes sexual assault. The girl he targets may experience similar effects to other survivors of sexual assault who were exploited, pressured, or coerced into sexual contact. So why do we keep calling this sex when it’s sexual assault?

Then there’s the response of the school. The article states that the school is instituting a program to teach self-respect to teens. Self-respect is a great thing to teach youth, but as a sexual assault prevention strategy, it falls far short of what’s needed. Exploitation of youth by people much older than them isn’t about whether those youth respect themselves; it’s about whether that older person chooses to abuse someone who is not old enough to give consent for sex. Genuine prevention would talk about respect for others: respect for the right to say no, the right to have positive consensual sexual experiences, and the right of youth to live free from abuse. Additionally, the RCMP’s statement that “sex with someone under age 14 is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison” also fails to address the fact that sexual exploitation is wrong, whether or not you get caught and go to jail.

Unfortunately, much of the response to this sort of incident is a moral outcry about teen sex. This response fails youth in two ways. First of all, it denies that what is happening in this situation is sexual assault, not sex. Secondly, it denies the possibility for youth to have positive, consensual sexual experiences with partners who are of an appropriate age. Young people engage in sexual activity: no matter how uncomfortable it makes some people, teen sex has been around forever. We need to provide factual sexual health education that includes positive messages about sexuality, the right to consent to wanted sexual activity, the right to say no to any unwanted sexual contact, and the responsibility to respect people’s choices about their bodies and their sexuality. And above all, we need to stop talking about sexual assault like it’s sex.

*A couple of other important elements of age of consent to note. No person under the age of 12 can consent to sexual contact at any time. Also, no person under the age of 18 can consent to sexual contact with a person over 18 who is in a position of power, trust, or authority.