April 8, 2011

Thinking Film

Posted in Intimate Partner Violence, movies, Popular Culture, privilege and oppression, Rape Culture at 10:00 pm by sacetalks

I remember growing up watching Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I can’t remember what I thought about it then, a 5 or 10 or 13 year old child, with different and developing impressions about myself and the world around me. In all likelihood, I was probably fascinated with Gaston’s muscles and how many uncooked eggs he could swallow in one go. I also probably thought he was a jerk and it was wonderful that Belle ended up with the Beast/Prince in the end. It is unlikely that I would sit there in my youth analyzing my gendered relationship to Gaston, noting and reflecting on the perplexing discovery that I wanted his muscles for my female gendered body rather than wanting a muscleman wrapped around my body. And also, I probably never thought about why Belle and everyone else was white and what it meant for a young Belle to be forced to hide away in a Palace with a complete stranger in order to protect her father, eventually falling in love with her captor.

Like all Disney movies, people can view them and critique their depictions of sexual orientation, power, gender, body, race, desirability, etc., deconstructing how they create and sustain the dominant and normal roles for Western society. However, little children viewing them likely don’t have such a privilege to question and often, people don’t exercise that privilege even if they have it.

I’m a grown-up now with a grown-up education and grown-up privilege, so I get to question, criticize and make fun of the movies I watch. I did exactly that while watching a modern depiction of Beauty and the Beast, called Beastly. While it probably won’t gross $400 million in box office revenues like the Disney movie (it lack’s Disney’s musical flair), it too will make a profit by selling a story of love and captivity to young children and teens.

In Beastly, a powerful Witch changes a handsome young man’s body, a young man with the short-sighted impression that only beautiful people matter in the world, into a disfigured body with scars, metal, boils and cool tattoos (he gets to keep his muscles) to teach him the lesson that what really, truly matters is the beauty that we all have inside (and muscles). Kyle, the disfigured character, supposedly will learn that lesson by getting someone to say to him I love you.

An important aspect of the story is how Kyle’s rich, white dad abandons him and pays for a Jamaican woman and a blind man to take care of him. While under their care, Kyle develops a sense of empathy, relating to their misfortunes through his misfortune. That’s what we’re supposed to think anyway, only he never thanks them for putting up with his rotten attitude and providing for his basic needs, never recognizes the strength and resiliency of an immigrant woman trying to bring her children to the United States or sees his role in creating a barrier for her. Nor does he acknowledge how the blind man is quite happy and lively being blind, never once suggesting in the movie that it is something he loathes or wants “fixed.” No, Kyle, along with the audience, are supposed to presume that blindness is always something one would rather not have. Kyle “saves” them from their problems by making a magical deal with the Witch to give the man sight and give the woman her children once he achieves his good looks. That’s right; they are saved only if he gets his too.

 Our part as audience is simply to think that he’s learned a lesson about beauty. (The only lesson I would learn is people are beautiful only if they’re loved. Sorry singles). We are not supposed to notice how he spent an entire year of his life taking for granted the services others provided for him, using their positions of marginalization for his own gain. We’re not supposed to notice that he only does something for them when he is able to maintain his own privilege. And anyway, this plot line supposed to remain marginal in our thoughts compared to the main focus of the movie – his acquisition of the love of a beautiful girl (who by the way he also saves, what a good white hero).

The love story goes as follows: After he has sulked around in his home for the first few months of his “ugly” life, he decides to risk going outside. At a party, he speaks with a girl named Liddy who he thinks could fall for him. She is depicted as a female who gives back to the community, gives food to the homeless on the street and was able to see the good “inside” Kyle while he was still a handsome misogynist before becoming ugly. In the movie, sexism is sexy and so is criminal harassment.

He begins to stalk her. One night, he sees her attempt to protect her father from a drug dealer with a gun. Kyle runs to her rescue, causing her to fall and be knocked unconscious. He hides her away temporarily in her room and goes back to her father who’s just shot the drug dealer. Kyle blackmails Liddy’s father by taking pictures of the crime and threatening to show them to the police if the father does not give Liddy to Kyle because he wants her for himself. Wait, I’m sorry, it’s rather because he wants to “protect” her from the dead drug dealer’s brother. I know. It’s complicated.

She reluctantly arrives at Kyle’s home, not knowing about the blackmail. Kyle lies to her about who he is and why she is there. He begins to buy her things, builds her a greenhouse, and takes her to a mansion cabin in order to make her like him.

Eventually, she finds out Kyle loves her and whispers she loves him too. In the end, she isn’t really bothered that the ugly man she fell in love with turns into the handsome, rich Kyle who can take her on all sorts of trips all over the world.

Is it just me, or does Kyle use a lot of coercion to get Liddy to say she loves him? Is it just me, or does it seem like this would be a much different story if the Witch made Kyle both poor and ugly?

As my friend kept telling me, just don’t think about it.

That’s what I’m supposed to do right? When I see love depicted as a man using coercion to acquire a woman’s love – just don’t think about it. When I see how he still maintains his positions of white, class and gender privilege despite being made “ugly” – just don’t think about it. When I see a woman depicted as being both a 21st century independent lady and one who is defined by her role to take care of and love beastly men – just don’t think about it. She’s simply the care-giver ideal of femininity.

I shudder at the thought of a 12 year old boy not thinking about it, watching Beastly and forming his ideas about what it means to be a man; or a 12 year old girl learning to define her romantic attractions towards men she loves in sight of their beastly behaviors and attitudes.

I sit here saying that I will not not think about it, dang nab it!  I will not allow coercion to hide away in an image of heterosexual romance nor will I sit in my movie theatre seat not knowing that I just paid $12.50 to watch this crap.

Because I can.

Because I can think. We all can think about how love, sex, gender, power, race, privilege, disability, class, etc are depicted in film even as we pay to see those films. Except, of course, those who do not have the privilege to develop the skills of criticism, or the money to pay.

by Meagan Simon

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

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 4, 2010

This week in the news (May 28 – June 4)

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 9:58 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 daycare owner charged with sexual assault

Convicted child molester in court

Accused in 1981 cabbie murder raped prostitute

Svekla declared dangerous offender

A poster boy for indefinite sentences

Alberta

Sex Assault Case Against Grande Prairie Coach Adjourned To Next Month

Violent criminal may be deemed long-term offender

Canada

Toronto teacher charged in two separate sex assaults of male student

Teen arrested in Toronto nursing home assaults

Three women report sexual assaults along bike path

Charges in alleged sexual assault dropped

Sexual assault questions unanswered

Sask. man convicted of sexually assaulting teen

Raymond Lahey denies former Mount Cashel resident’s abuse claims

School division employee charged with sexual assault

Accuser testifies in NS sex-assault trial

Sex abuse victims say church is still tenaciously fighting claims

Crown wraps up sexual assault case

Ottawa school defends response to alleged sex attack

Man, 20, acquitted, won’t be deported

Woman assaulted in parkade

Sex assault suspect sketch released

Help is out there for victims of domestic abuse

Police seek help catching Westdale sex assault suspect

High-risk offender to live in Listowel

Police investigate incident in Queensway Terrace North area

Time served for man who tried to arrange sex with child

EDITORIAL: Difficult to understand sentencing

Woodstock Teacher Facing Sex Assault Charges Back in Court in November

Soldier sex suspect kept in jail

Kate-Christine Miller: The arts and crafts of a movement

Man in standoff ‘feared police would beat him up’

Crown seeks 5 years for ‘career criminal’

Ex-Ashbury student defends Boston incident as a ‘prank’

Ending abuse cycle key for immigrants

Woman fights off sex attack by HIV-Hep C positive man

Canada’s top soldier in Afghanistan ousted

Woman violently sexually assaulted at knifepoint

The Hill: Toews’ pitch to revive rape charge

Spectator fined $4500 for violating court identity ban

Teen sexually assaulted

Whitehorse man who violently raped two women gets 12 years behind bars

Man gets nine months for two assaults

Man used biker claims to terrorize girlfriends

New workplace violence law coming

Women air ‘dirty laundry’ for a cause

Clachers is broke

Teen charged after groping girl

Rehabilitation unlikely for ‘cold’ killer

Young women active in addressing inequalities

We’re ready to tackle crime in Nunavik, KRPF says

City teacher cleared

Four caught in Internet child porn sweep

La Ronge man not guilty

Hundreds march against violence in West End

Courtroom doors closed to public

Another charge laid in HIV-disclosure case

Local leaders needed

Judge to decide if man should register as sex offender

Jury fails to reach verdict in sex assault case after first day of deliberation

Ex Surrey pastor with porn fixation denied parole

Jail sentence given for touching girls, 12, and 16

Toronto teacher charged with having child porn

International

Statistics Show Football Linked to Increase in Domestic Violence

Kristen Stewart sorry for rape remark

Gene Simmons Strikes Back Against Accuser

Liberian teen gets probation in gang-rape of 8-year-old girl

Daniel Wozniak: Murder Charges for Samuel Herr, Juri Kibuishi

Pope refused defrocking of convicted priest

Roethlisberger back at Steelers practice

Israel faces child abuse claims

Knox accused of slandering Italian police

Immigration detainees allegedly groped

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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