Sep. 5th, 2017

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I'm so sickened by rape being treated as "boys will be boys" and "girls ask for it." Still. In the twenty-first century. In a country that claims to be civilised. Today I learned of yet another case where a privileged white male judge gave a slap on the wrist to a privileged white male man - who is a hockey player going to Queen's, just like the judge did - to protect his future while ignoring the lifelong trauma the victim will have to struggle with. The defendant pleaded guilty to lesser charges and got a deal, but that deal didn't involve this particular sentence. That was all about this judge and his identification with the confessed criminal.

Here's a link to an article about the case.

And if anyone reading this lives in Ontario, there's a petition seeking to get "Justice" Allan Letourneau off the bench. It's only a few thousand names short of reaching 15,000.

I'm thinking of starting a blog about the interaction of rape victims with the Canadian "justice" system. It would involve statistics, court decisions, media stories, academic articles, and possibly interviews with willing people, with the promise of confidentiality. That last one will be a really difficult and delicate process, so I don't know if I'll do it.

This information can be found online, but it's sprinkled all over the place. Basically, I want to create an easy source of information for anyone who might be interested.

What's causing me to pause is that it would take an enormous amount of time, and I've got a lot going on right now, and it would be a painful experience. I've never been assaulted, but anyone with any empathy and decency at all would find it hard reading.

So, we'll see.


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