Some people have come to Tom Flanagan’s defence today, over his remarks about child pornography. They are misguided in supporting him, even when they attempt to contort this into a debate about free speech or academic freedom. Our history in this country, when it comes to the sexual abuse of children, is so horrendous, so appalling, that there can be no debate about whether child pornography, regardless of how or when it is consumed, is terribly damaging and worthy of jail sentences. It is one component in a continuum of exploitation and degradation. Consumers of child porn are complicit in a life-destroying criminal enterprise that has been concealed, rationalized and underreported for decades, perhaps centuries. The consumption of child pornography cannot be extracted and isolated from this continuum, to somehow insulate the consumers from the horrors done to the children captured in the images.
Violence against women is still largely an invisible and hidden problem yet still a significant social scourge. Many victims don’t bear scars of their abuse that are plain to see and the damage is often not easy to understand. I know this, because my wife bears a scar I cannot see and suffered a trauma that I, as a man, can never fully understand. Before we met, she was a victim of a violent, sexually-based attack by a stranger. She has posted online at her blog an account of the horrifying incident and I’ve reproduced it here, after the jump.
Colleague Don Peat at the Toronto Sun has this update today, April 14, on con man Richard Rupert: The hunt for an alleged senior-defrauding scumbag wanted by Toronto Police may end in Ottawa.Detectives on the trail of Richard Earl Rupert told the Sun they are eager to cast a dragnet on the Ottawa area if...
Richard Earl Rupert (above) is a remorseless, ruthless predator with no regard for the senior citizens he tricks and swindles. Unbelievably, Rupert has been doing it for nearly four decades, archived parole records reveal. Cancrime recently obtained six years worth of records (available after the jump) for the con man that police across Canada are still hunting. The records disclose his abysmal record of failures on early release from prison after five federal penitentiary terms and they show that he has duped prison and parole authorities in the past into believing that he has remorse for his victims and that he wants to go straight.
Fred Tobin, a married supervisor at a federal prison in Kingston, had an affair with a junior female employee who he then harassed. The woman was left terrified. When Tobin was convicted of criminal harassment, Corrections Canada fired him in 2004.
Five years later, they’re having a hard time keeping him fired.
In a rare decision that will resonate in Kingston, an Ottawa judge labelled a man’s threats to kill his daughter an ‘honour crime.’ Three Montrealers remain behind bars, facing charges of first-degree murder in Kingston. They are accused of murdering four family members in a diabolical plot that siblings of one victim say was an ‘honour crime.’ The Ottawa case is notable because the judge spelled out clearly her belief that the crime was motivated by a desire to restore honour to the family. She noted the father’s threats reflected “a seriously dangerous belief system that can and has led to violence against women.” I’ve reproduced the Ottawa Sun story in full after the jump.
You can help protect a woman from a violent assault or death today.
There may be a school aspiring “neighbours from hell” attend where you can choose courses such as Trench Digging 101, Garden Hose Flooding and Late-night Illumination. How else to explain the coincidences of modus operandi of two families in Ontario – in Sudbury and Kingston – who used remarkably similar tactics during nasty neighbour feuds that ended up in court.