Canadian Genocide

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Matthew Ranghel (37)
M.Science London School of Economics - murdered father in law in Hamilton [ Masonic capital of Canada ] (Mafia, Masons, M15)

http://www.thespec.com/printArticle/315334

'Another mentally ill child'
Accused's mother testifies by live video feed from England

Barbara Brown
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jan 26, 2008)

Matthew Ranghel's mother saw the warning signs but could not admit -- even to herself -- that another son was slipping into mental illness. Testifying by means of live video feed from London, England, Marilyn Ranghel told a Hamilton judge and jury this week about the youngest of her four sons, Michael, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia as a teenager after attempting to slash his own throat with a knife. By the spring of 2005, it was painfully obvious that her third son, Matthew, then 35, was also exhibiting signs of paranoid delusions. Matthew would shut himself up in his bedroom, spend hours on the Internet and refuse to socialize or even share a meal with his family.

At first, his mother chalked up Matthew's sad, strange behaviour to his divorce and being separated from his ex-wife and two daughters, aged seven and three, who lived in Canada. "I didn't want another mentally ill child," said Marilyn Ranghel. "I was in denial. I made an error with a shocking result ... but one cannot turn back the clock." In early October 2005, Matthew told his parents he was returning to Hamilton to see his children. His mother begged him not to go, knowing in her heart that he was mentally unstable. On Oct. 12, eight days after his arrival in Toronto, Matthew drove his rental car to Hamilton's east Mountain and attacked his ex-father-in-law, Dino Bellavia, repeatedly stabbing him in the neck, chest and abdomen. The 71-year-old grandfather of Ranghel's children bled to death at 9:30 in the morning outside his Woodside Drive home.

Ranghel has pleaded not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder for killing the retired steelworker. The trial has heard that one day before the slaying, Ranghel went to a Canadian Tire in Scarborough and purchased camouflage duct tape, a centre punch, a crow bar and a large knife. The big-game hunting knife had to be removed from a locked display cabinet at his request.
His mother testified that both Michael and Matthew were heavy users of marijuana as teenagers. Matthew experimented with other street drugs, including ecstasy and LSD.

She said Matthew, who was highly educated with three university degrees, would sometimes recount strange experiences, such as seeing spirits or hearing voices. "And as a mother, I would think, 'Well, what on earth are you smoking now?'" She said her son's condition worsened during his last year in England. Matthew became convinced he was being followed and electronically surveilled by unknown individuals. "Matthew started verbally attacking my husband and I. And at that point, I was really scared because he was accusing us of being satanists and worshipping Satan."

Winthrop Ranghel, Matthew's father, said after Matthew's arrest for murder, he found an anti-bugging device, along with a receipt for 182 British pounds ($363 Cdn), tucked away in his son's chest of drawers. His father also retrieved letters and correspondence in which Matthew had written to numerous government agencies complaining of a widespread conspiracy to invade his privacy. Matthew believed he was being persecuted by the "Italian mafia, the Masonic Order and MI5, the U.K.'s domestic intelligence and security agency."

In order to hear the live testimony from England, the entire Hamilton courtroom, including the judge, jury and lawyers, had to pack up and reconvene the murder trial in a conference room at Hamilton Health Science's McMaster Hospital, which had the satellite technology to transmit the testimony and questions by lawyers. Matthew Ranghel, who posed a security risk, was permitted to view a DVD of his parents' testimony on a television at the John Sopinka Courthouse.

http://www.thespec.com/printArticle/314743
Psychiatrist: Accused suffers from delusions
Barbara Brown
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jan 25, 2008)

A forensic psychiatrist says he believes Matthew Ranghel was driven by paranoid delusions to kill his ex-father-in-law and to consider himself morally justified in taking the 71-year-old Hamilton man's life. Dr. Stephen Hucker was initially retained by the Crown to interview the British national and to conduct a psychiatric assessment of his state of mind on Oct. 12, 2005, the morning Ranghel stabbed Dino Bellavia to death outside the senior's east Mountain home. However, it was defence lawyer David Butt who called Hucker to testify yesterday on behalf of the accused. Ranghel, 37, has pleaded not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder for first-degree murder. "My opinion was very carefully considered and not arrived at quickly," Hucker told the jury and Superior Court Justice Robert Reilly. "On balance, I think he is mentally ill and was mentally ill at the time this (homicide) occurred."

Ranghel met the victim's daughter, Michelle Bellavia, when they were students at Goldsmith College, University of London. The couple was married in 1997 and had a daughter the following year. In 2000, they moved to Hamilton and lived briefly with Michelle's parents before getting a place of their own. A second daughter was born in 2002. Ranghel obtained three university degrees, including a Master of Science from the London School of Economics. But despite his education, he was never able to find a job and Michelle supported the family through her work as a schoolteacher.

Butt laid the groundwork yesterday to show that Ranghel's mental illness did not appear without warning, but had developed over a number of years. He noted his younger brother was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia as a teenager and was still being treated in his mid-30s. Matthew Ranghel also showed signs of mental illness, ever since he first complained to his mother of hearing voices in 1999. Butt asked the psychiatrist to comment on a series of letters written by Ranghel in 2005, after his marriage broke up and he returned to England.

They included a letter to the Royal Mail Group complaining that his mail was being tampered with, possibly by the "Italian mafia" or MI5, the United Kingdom's domestic intelligence and security agency. Ranghel wrote the National Health Service to complain about a London doctor whom he accused of using witchcraft to raise his blood pressure to dangerously high levels. He complained to the chief dental officer that he was being refused dental service. He wrote to the chairman of the financial ombudsman, to complain that his bank accounts were being tampered with. Dr. Hucker observed the letters were very well written, coherent and cogently argued. In many cases, they made perfect sense until (WTF?)the reader got to the bit at the end where Ranghel complained of being persecuted by the "Italian mafia, Masons or MI5. In March 2005, Ranghel wrote an open letter to 26 organizations and persons of high estate, including former prime minister Margaret Thatcher and members of the House of Lords. One reply (above) came from the Home Office, the department dealing with police, antiterrorism, public safety and the law, among others.

Ranghel's letter detailed his concerns about a widespread conspiracy to interfere with his privacy, including electronic surveillance, illegal use of London's closed-circuit TV security, bugging of his clothing and the wiretapping of his telephone. "I am writing this letter as an impassioned plea to my fellow countrymen to take a stance against the forces of personal tyranny and corruption," Ranghel had written. Hucker said the letter revealed how Ranghel's paranoid and grandiose delusions were expanding and starting to creep into every aspect of his life. The trial continues.
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905-526-3494

Reply from Home Office to Matthew Ranghel
Home Office 2 Marsham Street, London Dear Mr. Ranghel, Thank you for your letter of 9 March describing how you believe your life is under continuous audio and visual surveillance wherever you go and how equipment and devices are concealed in everything from your car to your clothing. We receive correspondence -- like yours -- from many people who believe they are subject of some form of surveillance where their belief, albeit held sincerely, is just a belief. May I suggest that you consider talking with a medical professional, perhaps your doctor, about what you believe you have been experiencing. All the feedback we receive from those individuals who follow this advice indicates that they find discussing their concerns with a doctor very beneficial. Yours sincerely, Simon Watkin

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Nishnabe News

Vancouver

Ex-top coroner (RCMP, Mayor, now Senator) can't recall advising against inquest


http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/n...1-c32407d77e08

Ex-top coroner can't recall advising against inquest
But Larry Campbell says inquest should have been called into Frank Paul's death

Gerry Bellett
Saturday, January 26, 2008


VANCOUVER - Former chief coroner Larry Campbell says he has no recollection of telling Coroner Jeannie Robinson not to order an inquest into the death of Frank Paul, who died from hypothermia after being dumped in a cold and wet downtown alley by a police officer on Dec, 5, 1998. Paul, a homeless man who was grossly drunk, was left in the alley behind a detox centre after police refused to allow him into jail. He had been found lying insensible on a grocery rack outside a store and was transported to jail in a police wagon, but refused entry. Campbell was testifying Friday at a provincial inquiry into Paul's death. He served as B.C. chief coroner from 1996 to 2000, when he retired. After serving as the mayor of Vancouver, he was appointed to the Senate by the former Liberal government.

The commission is investigating why the coroner's service and other agencies failed to order any public examination of the events surrounding Paul's death, including why criminal charges against the two officers involved were not laid. The officers -- former Sgt. Russell Sanderson, who commanded the jail, and Const. David Instant -- were disciplined by the Vancouver police department for their part in Paul's death, with Sanderson being suspended for two days without pay, and Instant one day. A record of a conversation between Campbell and Robinson three days after Paul's death apparently exists, and Campbell said it was likely he could have told her an inquest was not necessary and to handle the case by way of a judgment of inquiry.

A judgment of inquiry sees the coroner's office deciding how someone died and determining the category of death. Paul's death was listed as accidental. Campbell said his conversation with Robinson would have been early on in the investigation before autopsy results would have been available. "So I wouldn't consider it to be binding," said Campbell, who indicated the coroner with the file was the one who ultimately decides how it should be handled.

However, with hindsight, an inquest should have been called, he said. Campbell told commission counsel Geoffrey Cowper his reason for recommending an inquiry, not an inquest, would likely have been based on his belief that the event was a non-custody death. (All deaths occurring while persons are in the custody of the police or jail authorities have to proceed to an inquest.) Asked if he agreed with a finding of accidental death, Campbell said he did. "It's not natural, it's not undetermined, we have an actual cause of death and it's not homicide as I don't think there was any intent by anyone to cause his death," Campbell said.

He told lawyer Steven Kelliher, who represents the Paul family, that he didn't believe Instant intended to cause Paul's death, which could have resulted in a finding of homicide. He took that position based on the officer's statement. "I simply don't believe he left Mr. Paul there to die," said Campbell. However, the inquiry has been told that Instant was never questioned by police concerning his actions, but merely turned in a report of what he did that night. Kelliher said Paul was so drunk he was dragged in and out of the city jail and two pathologists found that he died from hypothermia and that he had a blood alcohol level in excess of .30 -- almost four times the legal limit. "You accept that when Const. Instant laid Mr. Paul in the alley he was grossly intoxicated and unable to care for himself?" "I've heard that's a possibility," said Campbell. "A possibility?"

Campbell said he didn't know what had happened to Paul between the time he was left in the alley and when his body was discovered some hours later, but suggested he may have had access to more alcohol. "As chief coroner are you thinking 'my goodness Mr. Paul might have got up and gone down to the bar or something to drink and then return to that alley and lie down to die.' Is that correct?" "Well no, in your facetious manner you may think that is correct, but it's quite possible other people could have come by -- people on street are always sharing alcohol -- I don't suggest he went to a bar, no," Campbell said.

Asked by Kelliher if he preferred Instant's version of events that Paul wasn't drunk when he left him in the alley over the findings of the pathologists, Campbell said he did. "Can you explain that to an ordinary person, that you prefer officer Instant's evidence in the face of that wall of evidence to the contrary. Is it because you don't want to make a negative finding about a police officer?" "I don't think I need to explain it," said Campbell, a former police officer with the RCMP.

Asked how he would explain it to the aboriginal community, Campbell bridled. "First of all I resent your implication that because Mr. Paul was aboriginal that something was done differently here," he said. Campbell said he didn't discount the evidence of the pathologists, but accepted the evidence of the officer who was at the scene. "That's how I came to that conclusion and if you don't like it I'll accept that, but I will not sit here and have you accuse me of being racist or not doing my job," said Campbell. The inquiry continues. [url=mailto:gbellett@png.canwest.com]gbellett@png.canwest.com[/url]

BC

267 cop deaths in past 15 years

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/ne...c-90e547cd4dd0

267 cop-related deaths in B.C. over past 15 years
VPD involved in 53, B.C. coroners' figures show

Suzanne Fournier
Friday, January 25, 2008

Statistics at the Frank Paul Inquiry reveal what one lawyer calls a "staggering" number of deaths at the hands of police. Some 267 people have died in police custody or in police-involved deaths in B.C. from 1992 to 2007, with 53 involving Vancouver police, according to the B.C. Coroners Service. The detailed spreadsheet, called "B.C. Coroners Service Statistics, 1992-2007, B.C. custody/police-involved deaths," lists deaths by gender, age and classification by coroner as accident, homicide, natural, suicide or undetermined. The cause of the police-related deaths is broken down into categories of "police custody -- cell/lockup, police shooting, police auto pursuit, and police 'other,'" for every municipality from Abbotsford to Yahk.

"I've been trying for the last number of years to get these statistics from the coroners service, but oddly enough, despite the huge public interest in the investigation of death at the hands of police, I've never seen these numbers, which are just staggering, until now," said lawyer Cameron Ward, acting for the United Native Nations at the Paul inquiry.

Of the 267 deaths, 28 are listed as "First Nations," which Ward points out is more than 10% of the total, although aboriginals form less than 4% of the B.C. population. Ward noted that Paul was dumped in the final stages of hypothermia and acute alcohol intoxication in a back lane by a police wagon-driver, but an inquest was not ordered because his death was not considered an in-custody death. Deputy police complaints commissioner Bruce Brown said his office "only becomes involved in the oversight of police in a death if a complaint has been filed with us."

Brown said the Vancouver Police Department, which has 1,200 of the 2,400 police officers under the commission's jurisdiction, "because of the public interest, now tells us in a proactive way about every serious police-related death." Brown noted that since the commission was set up in 1998, "the only police-related death that we have ever referred to Crown counsel was the death of Frank Paul, and that was referred to Crown by us twice," once by former commissioner Don Morrison in 2002, and again by the current commissioner, Dirk Ryneveld, in 2004. No charges have been laid against Vancouver police in connection with Paul's death.

Vancouver police Const. Tim Fanning noted that "53 deaths in 15 years" related to Vancouver police actions may seem like a lot, but he pointed out: "Our crime rate is comparable to Miami's -- we have a massive crime rate." Fanning noted that Vancouver is rife with drug and gang violence. "Deadly force is about the last resort when it comes to police-involved shooting," he said.

Few police officers have ever been criminally charged in B.C. with a death, and only one from Vancouver, Const. David Hannay. He was charged following a 1992 death in a police wagon. Jeff Dolan, assistant deputy chief coroner for B.C., confirmed the statistics "were provided to an outside agency" but are not provided online as are child deaths, work-related deaths, suicides or others that concern the public. "If a death occurs while an individual is in the active custody of the police, under the Coroner's Act, it's a mandatory inquest," said Dolan, although "police-related" deaths can be investigated by the chief coroner.

Brown noted that Solicitor-General John Les is expected to introduce legislation "no later than this spring" to mandate that any police-related death is investigated "externally," for example, by another police force. Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin said in Vancouver in September that B.C. is in the "dark ages" when it comes to how police shootings and other in-custody deaths are investigated. His province has its own citizen agency called the Special Investigations Unit, which investigates all deaths and serious injuries caused by police.

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Saskatoon

Teacher son of doctor married father of two Jeremy Houston member of NAMGLA - Crown suggesting house arrest with ankle bracelet?

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarp...c-9af6524d5ab9

Ex-teacher found guilty on child porn charges
Brother's testimony aided conviction of Saskatoon man

Lori Coolican
Saturday, January 26, 2008


A former teacher and married father of three uttered a snort of disgust when a Crown prosecutor suggested he may be a candidate for electronic monitoring while serving time for accessing and possessing child pornography from the Internet. Justice Grant Currie found Jeremy Houston guilty of both those charges in Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench Friday, before adjourning the case pending an April 9 sentencing hearing. Houston is not being held in custody. Crown prosecutor Michael Segu requested a pre-sentence report to canvas Houston's suitability for a sex offender treatment program, as well as the availability of an electronic monitoring device.

The 52-year-old taught at a school in Nipawin prior to his arrest by city police in 2005. His brother, Simon Houston, recently pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography, and will also be sentenced in April. A city police investigator became interested in Jeremy Houston while looking into his brother's activities, court heard during Jeremy's trial. Both men were active members of a bulletin-board website called the North American Man and Girl Love Association (NAMGLA).

Computers seized from Jeremy Houston's home were found to contain images of child pornography that had been saved under his password-protected account name. His brother testified against Jeremy during the trial, telling court that the two of them shared a sexual interest in children and that Jeremy had printed images of naked pre-teen girls from the Internet and gave them to him in a brown envelope.

Jeremy Houston did not testify at his trial. His defence lawyer, Jack Hillson, argued the Crown had not proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt because Jeremy used numerous online aliases. The images could have been downloaded and saved by Simon or another family member, or by someone who hacked into Jeremy Houston's account from a remote location, Hillson argued. Simon Houston denied having used his brother's computer, and kept detailed personal journals which indicated he was not at Jeremy's home when the images were downloaded, court heard during the trial.

While Simon Houston's self-confessed views regarding the acceptability of sexual relationships between children and adults are "distorted and repugnant," his testimony was believable when it came to using his brother's computer, Currie said. The idea that Jeremy Houston's wife and children -- who had their own password-protected computer accounts -- obtained Jeremy's password and used his account to download and save the pictures "lacks the substance to leave a reasonable doubt," as does the idea that a visitor to the home did it while no one was looking, Currie ruled.

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Torture of women and children

Internet porn revenues $97 billion in 2006

http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/296391

Packaging abuse of women as entertainment for adults
Cruel, degrading scenes `normalized' for generation brought up in dot-com world

January 26, 2008
Antonia Zerbisias
Living Columnist


The hottest place on Earth this month was Las Vegas. That was the site of the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo where thousands of, um, exhibitors and fans of pornography came together to look at the latest in media, toys, games, gadgets, paraphernalia and genitalia. Yes, the pornography industrial complex is so huge that it can fill one of the world's biggest convention halls, so mainstream that it need no longer operate in the dirty raincoat section of your local newsstand or video store, so available that it's on basic cable, so accessible that any child could Google her way to Internet sites where women (and men and children) are brutalized for somebody's fun and profit.

According to the Internet Filter Review, worldwide porn revenues, including in-room movies at hotels, sex clubs and the ever-expanding E-sex world, topped $97 billion in 2006. That's more than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink. Listen, I am no prude. I get a kick out of some porn. I was at a strip club as recently as last month. I love sex. I talk dirty. But when I can easily find websites that show women subjected to what can only be described in a family newspaper as waterboarding by ejaculate – or simultaneous impalement on more than one fire pole, or sexual practices that will cause E. coli infections – I have to wonder where the industry gets these ideas.

Not exactly the fun and games most of us enjoy in the bedroom (or wherever your pleasure). It's as if, just like TV reality shows, the fear factor/cruelty/shock value has to be continuously ratcheted up to get them into the tent, especially online. And make no mistake, when you see women being brutalized this way, you are not seeing an act. That woman really is gagging, really is gasping for air, really is drowning.

Every second, 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography. Every second. That's a lot of women who, for whatever their reasons, and most likely they are economic, are being tortured. That's a lot of sticky keyboards. There's a huge market for the domination of women.
Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has been tracking the trend for years. In his new book Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity, he writes with alarm about how the "cruelty line" in mass-market pornography is driving up. At the same time, the "normalization" line – "the measure of the acceptance of pornography in the mainstream of contemporary culture" – is also up, sharply. "If pornography is increasingly cruel and degrading, why is it increasingly commonplace instead of more marginalized?" he writes. "In a society that purports to be civilized, wouldn't we expect most people to reject sexual material that becomes evermore (sic) dismissive of the humanity of women? How do we explain the simultaneous appearance of more, and increasingly more intense, ways to humiliate women sexually and the rising popularity of the films that present those activities?"

Two answers, perhaps. Like the proverbial frog in the pot of simmering water, we're not aware of how the temperature is slowly being fired up. Pop tarts used to be the exception among rocker chicks, not the writhing music video rule. Pole and lap dancing were for strippers, not workout DVDs. Body shots were fatal bullet wounds, not sexy ways to get drunk and show off on Facebook.

As a result, society, especially its younger members who can't remember a non dot-com time, is increasingly accepting of the systematic debasement of women. It's probably why more young women participate in their own exploitation and abuse and it's also why, at least according to online discussions I have seen, many young men think going through the back door on a first date is normal.

"Porn constantly marches toward these practices that heighten men's domination of women and reinforces this notion that pleasure is to be extracted from women," says Jensen, on the phone from Texas. "(Men) may not seek out multiple penetrations but they can experience the pleasure of seeing the domination of women enacted sexually. They'll say, `I may never do rape porn, multiple penetration or sexual practice X, but I like watching it.'"

The other explanation? The marriage of capitalism and so-called freedom of expression. Not that Jensen advocates censorship. He just wishes there were legal limits when damage can be demonstrated. "An important discussion to have is how to construct a law that is both consistent with free speech and a realistic understanding of how mass media affect our culture," he tells me. "We do this all over the place. We're balancing the value of speech with the harms that speech can create. That's why we have libel laws, sexual harassment law, conspiracy law and laws against insider trading in the stock market." The thing is, there are data that suggest a correlation between the amplification of "gonzo porn" and media violence and a concurrent drop in rapes and violent crimes, at least in the U.S.

It could very well be that the more women choke almost to death on screen, the fewer of them do in real life. But how curious it is that women are the ones to pay the price either way?

And the most likely way it's going is not going to be pretty. Concludes Jensen: "It may be that the more overt sexualization of violence is the only place the industry has to go – and then we'll see what the culture's values really are."

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Nishnabe News

Canada

AFN assails census results

http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/297897

First Nations assails census results

January 27, 2008
Sue Bailey
THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA–The Assembly of First Nations says Statistics Canada drew flawed, potentially damaging conclusions from the 2006 census and it wants an independent review. At issue is how StatsCan made the politically sensitive assertion that more status Indians live off reserves than on. Last-minute changes made Jan. 15 just before those numbers were released did not fix the problem, says Dan Wilson, a special adviser to the assembly.

He was incensed to learn early that day that the agency had once again based its on-reserve figures on how many people "identify" as being North American Indian. That initially led StatsCan to say that 60% of First Nations live off reserve, while 40% live on. Minutes before reporters filed related stories, census staff suddenly clarified they should refer more specifically to status Indians and said, 55% live off reserve while 45% live on.

In Wilson's view, both sets of figures were wrong and could potentially affect funding to cash-strapped First Nations. "This world-class organization that runs on its image and its supposed professionalism had four different numbers within the same half-hour," he said. "For a number of years now, the AFN has been trying to get Statistics Canada to understand the distinction between the aboriginal peoples who are recognized under the Constitution and whomever else they're counting as having aboriginal identity or ancestry." There's really no way of validating claims of self-identity, Wilson said in an interview. "They could be anyone."

He said on-reserve numbers must at least be based on census respondents who say they're registered Indians and entitled to live on First Nations. But even those numbers are sketchy because the census under-counted registered Indians by about 200,000 compared to government figures, he says. That's largely because 22 reserves, including some of Canada's largest bands, refused to take part. On another 166 First Nations, he says, at least one-quarter of residents weren't counted.

Had StatsCan used the census number of registered Indians – 564,870 – it would have found that 53% live on reserve, a much closer reflection of the federal Indian Registry. Instead, there are now two conflicting data streams that are supposed to help set crucial funding for native education, medical, housing and social services. "It's exceedingly irritating," Wilson said. "Let's have a third party take a hard look at this. Have somebody independent analyze the two sets of data, analyze the problems with (each) and tell us which one is more likely to be reliable."

A spokeswoman for Statistics Canada said the census survey is much different from the more static and administrative Indian Registry. As for the confusion around on- and off-reserve numbers: "There's many ways in the census to look at this information," said Jane Badets. "It depends on how you're analyzing it and who's using the data." StatsCan uses the broader identity figure to peg on-reserve numbers because "it's how we've shown the data since the 1996 census," she said. "And that certainly meets the needs of a wide range of users."

Dan Beavon, director of strategic research for the Indian Affairs Department, said officials there specifically use registered Indian figures to assess and project on-reserve population. Asked about the StatsCan approach, he said: "That's not how we would break the numbers down. "I've made that point many times myself to StatsCanada .... I imagine that they'll be doing changes to the way the census questions are done for the 2011 census."

There's a political twist to any hint that reserves are emptying. The federal Conservatives have increased the focus on off-reserve needs, most visibly by aligning themselves politically with the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. The congress says it represents off-reserve people across Canada, but its membership is disputed by rival groups like the Assembly of First Nations that are more closely identified with reserves. Conservative reaction to the census was predictable, said Wilson of the AFN. He cited newspaper comments by Tory MP Rod Bruinooge that public funds are too skewed toward reserves. "We're proposing ... what we see as being major systemic reform before massive new investments are made," said Bruinooge, parliamentary secretary to the Indian Affairs minister. "You need to fix the broken system or you're going to simply have the same results over and over again."

The Indian Registry says there were 615 bands in Canada as of Dec. 31, 2006 with 763,555 members. Most of that total – 404,117 – lived on reserves, while 335,109 lived off reserve and 24,329 were on Crown land.

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Foster Care/Adoption

Canada Lawsuit triggers stories from across Canada illegal adoptions

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/n...4b8743&k=93848

Adoptees claim they lost their biological parents through underhanded methods

Duncan Thorne
Sunday, January 27, 2008


EDMONTON -- An adopted woman's claim that her birth mother was tricked into surrendering her has prompted other adoptees to say they too lost their biological parents through underhanded methods. In recent days, Canwest News Service has heard from adoptees across Canada who have read about the case of an Alberta woman who alleges in a lawsuit that her birth mother was told she had died at or soon after birth.

The lawsuit, which remains unproven, has become a lightning rod on Internet websites for adoptees and their biological parents. That's partly because the daughter is suing not only the Alberta government, a hospital and doctors but even her adoptive mother.

The adoptive mother says she had no role the decision to put the daughter up for adoption. The daughter, born in the 1960s, has won a temporary publication ban against being identified. "I'm supposed to be stillborn, too," says Sheri Sexton in an interview from Ottawa.

Sexton was born in 1968, near the end of what some adoptees now call a "baby-scoop era" when there was immense pressure to put young, single mothers' babies up for adoption. After the Second World War, society became increasingly sexually liberated but until the 1970s birth outside marriage was taboo and abortion was illegal.

Sexton, put up for adoption immediately after birth in Ottawa, managed to find her birth mother, Darlene Hogan, 14 years ago.
Hogan was 19 when she gave birth to Sexton. She said she was forced to sign papers, while heavily sedated, allowing Sexton to be put up for adoption. "I was kept in a room all day," Hogan says. "I did nothing but cry. I kept telling the man that I did not want to sign the papers." A year later, in 1969, she gave birth to a second daughter. She was told the baby was stillborn.
Sexton and Hogan are puzzled that Sexton had been told her birthday was July 16, two days before the real date. Later, Sexton discovered problems with her birth records. A search of hospital files found her listed as "stillborn," the same as her younger sister.
Hogan is now convinced her second daughter lived.

A report on violence against women from the United Nations Economic and Social Council, refers to the case of an unmarried woman who gave birth at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital in 1970. The 2003 report says Tina Kelly was reportedly told by her doctor that the baby boy had died and that she was not allowed to see its body. Kelly later realized she had never received a copy of the death certificate, the report says. The hospital's records indicated her baby went home with her. She later reunited with her son.
Kelly allegedly discovered her child had been put up for adoption and that her doctor had accepted a bribe.

Elva Anderson was 19 in 1964 when she gave birth to twin boys in Mississauga, Ont. She says her doctor told her the boys had died after birth. Once home, she got a call from the hospital that her twins were waiting to be collected. Anderson says her former partner persuaded her the twins were dead. She now thinks she was duped and that her twins were put up for adoption.

Such allegations are hard to prove, says Michelle Edmunds who runs a website - theadoptionshow.com. "The thing is that these women were never given a death certificate because there wasn't one," Edmunds said from Toronto. She said it's their word "against an entire system" that doctors told them their children had died. Edmunds was herself put into foster care in 1964, then 19 months old, because her mother was considered unsuitable. She eventually found her mother, Elsie White, in Edmonton in 1996, a year before White died.

Bryony Lake of Victoria gave up her son to adoption after his birth in 1980. Lake wasn't misled into thinking he had died but, as a single mother, was pressured by her parents to surrender her baby. In the course of searching for her son, she often heard stories of mothers being falsely told their babies had died. "It's hard to say any of these are substantiated, other than perhaps Tina Kelly's," Lake acknowledged. Still, it makes sense some mothers were told their babies had died, given attitudes of the 1960s and earlier, she said. "They may have thought it's the humane thing to do, for the mother, to tell her the baby died, if they figured the mother would not be able to keep the baby. They figured that would be less traumatic to a mother than letting her see and nurse her baby. What they didn't realize was it then took away her decision-making ability."

Lisa Pageau speaks for Mouvement Retrouvailles, a Quebec group which helps adoptees and biological parents reunite. She believes false claims of stillbirths were common in her province. "In those days , they would put mothers to sleep to have their baby and when their mothers were groggy coming out of it, they would show them a very sick baby, a dead baby actually, and say, 'Your baby's dead,' " she says. "And it wasn't true."

The woman with the lawsuit in Alberta has persuaded city police to investigate her claim of fraudulent adoption. Police are conducting interviews and reviewing documents. Mary Lou Reeleder, a Children's Services spokeswoman, said the department sometimes hears anecdotal stories of wrongful adoption but "nothing like that has come to their attention that was any more than, 'I have heard this.' " Just as now, in the 1960s the courts screened adoptions and had to be satisfied that biological parents consented, Reeleder says.

Marge, an Edmonton adoptee who has long searched for her birth parents, said she fears the lawsuit will discourage the government from increasing access to adoption records.

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Dr Charles Smith inquiry

http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/297771

Centre of the pediatric inquiry storm
Affable. Arrogant. Decent. Slovenly. Inquiry witnesses have painted a curious portrait of Dr. Charles Smith.
He gets to tell his side tomorrow

January 27, 2008
Theresa Boyle

Over the last two months, 41 witnesses have painted a curious, somewhat incongruous picture of the man at the centre of the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario. Dr. Charles Smith has been described by some as decent, affable and warm. Deeply religious, the evangelical Christian would often talk to his co-workers about his faith. He deplored swearing and wouldn't permit it in his office. Highly respected, he was considered for almost two decades Canada's foremost pediatric forensic pathologist, an icon in his field.

Others have portrayed Smith in a far less flattering light. He was slovenly, disorganized and tardy. While cleaning his chronically messy office, a secretary once discovered a dish containing human remains. He showed questionable judgment, once taking his young son to a graveyard for the exhumation of a child's body. He could be haughty – the inquiry hearing how he challenged a police officer who dared give him a speeding ticker if she knew who he was. He fabricated stories to cover his tracks. But for years, Smith's many foibles were forgiven or ignored because he was, after all, Canada's guru of pediatric forensic pathology.

Smith, 57, is scheduled to make a highly anticipated appearance at the inquiry tomorrow, when he'll undoubtedly be grilled about how he fell from his lofty perch, how he wasn't nearly as competent as his many admirers assumed and, most importantly, how he came to err in 20 child death investigations between 1992 and 2002. His mistakes contributed to parents and caregivers being convicted, charged or otherwise implicated in the deaths of children. They spent months, even years behind bars and some had surviving children removed from their custody, temporarily or permanently. Families spent life savings trying to defend themselves.
To date, few individuals affected by Smith's decisions have attended the public hearings. But that's expected to change this week. Lawyers for some have indicated their clients want a first-hand look at the man who turned their lives upside down.

"After so many years, they just want to hear his explanation, if he has one, and they want to hear if he's actually going to really apologize for what went wrong," says Peter Wardle, a lawyer representing some of these individuals. An apology issued through Smith's lawyer at the beginning of the inquiry was "very vague," he says.

While the inquiry is looking at systemic shortcomings in the world of pediatric forensic pathology, there is much fascination with Smith. A book is in the works and a movie is being planned. Thorny questions abound. Who was watching him? How could it be that the man in charge of suspicious child death investigation in Ontario was not up to snuff? Why were his mistakes allowed to continue for so long? What made Smith tick?

"I think everybody involved in the inquiry is interested in what he's like and how he gives his evidence," Wardle says. "Of course we're all curious." Past interviews with the Toronto Star reveal that Smith had a strong passion for his work, which was fed by strong religious convictions. He worshipped with the Summit Community Church, an evangelical congregation in Richmond Hill, and he said in 2005 that his faith imbued him with the belief that he had a purpose in life – to provide answers to parents who lose babies.

The interviews also showed he had strong feelings about child abuse. "I've got a thing against people who hurt children," he said.
Smith was born on May 22, 1950 at Grace Hospital (Toronto Salvation Army Hospital) on Church St. He was given up at three months and spent years trying to find his biological mother. He finally tracked her down on her 65th birthday, only to have her hang up on him.

His adoptive father was with the Canadian Armed Forces and, as a youngster, he moved all over Canada and Germany. After high school in Ottawa, he moved to Saskatoon to attend university.

His 25-page curriculum vitae, submitted as evidence at the inquiry, is impressive. He graduated from medical school at the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. He came back to Ontario in 1980 and started doing autopsies for the provincial coroner in 1981. He was an associate professor at the University of Toronto. He authored numerous papers on pediatric pathology, with titles such as Axonal injury and the neuropathology of shaken baby syndrome. And on a number of occasions, he travelled with Ontario's former chief coroner Dr. Jim Young to conferences the United States where, together, they presented papers with titles such as Death from child abuse versus falls.

In 1992, Smith was appointed director of the Pediatric Forensic Pathology Unit of Ontario – the apex of his career. His bosses at the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario had the highest of praise for him, referring to him as a guru and icon. Others, it came out during the inquiry, were loathe to critique his work because he was top dog. Ironically, while Smith did a residency in pathology, he didn't have any real training qualifications as a forensic pathologist. This isn't surprising because, unlike the United States or Britain, Canada has no training standards in forensic pathology. But others in the field went to the U.S. for accreditation. And only now is the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada taking steps to make forensic pathology a subspecialty. Still, despite his lack of official training, Smith was accepted in many court cases as an "expert witness" in pediatric forensic pathology.

His resumé offers some personal insights. It states he's a member of the board of elders of his church; that he's a member of the Ontario Cattlemen's Association; and that he's married to another doctor and together they have two children. But much has changed for him, both personally and professionally, since it was prepared in 2001. His marriage fell apart because of the stress. He no longer lives north of the city on a farm, where he used to raise cattle. He resigned in disgrace from the Hospital for Sick Children in 2005 and moved west where he took a job as a pathologist at Saskatoon City Hospital. But his past caught up with him and he was dismissed after only four months. He then headed further west and now resides in Victoria. But even there he couldn't escape his past. Now he's an expert witness in a hot seat of his own making.

Some individuals whose lives were affected by Charles Smith's errors are expected to attend the public inquiry this week. They include the following people, some of whom can be referred to only by their initials or first name because of a publication ban:

Maurice Gagnon and daughter Lianne, of Sudbury. Lianne came under suspicion for the 1995 death of her son, Nicholas, 11 months, after Smith had determined the boy had suffered "non-accidental" blunt force trauma. While there was never enough evidence to charge Lianne with homicide, child welfare authorities seized custody of her second child. Her father, Maurice, led a fierce and successful battle to get the child back and clear his daughter's name and, in doing so, used up the family's life savings. Lianne had always maintained Nicholas went into distress after hitting his head. An expert pathologist who reviewed the case disagreed with Smith and said the cause of death was undetermined.

DM and his wife, from Timmins. DM is another father who waged a tough fight on behalf of his daughter. SM, who won't be at the inquiry, was charged with manslaughter in 1988 when she was just 12. She had been babysitting a 16-month-old girl who fell down the stairs and suffered fatal brain injuries. Smith argued that explanation wasn't plausible and said the toddler died of shaken baby syndrome. The family went bankrupt defending her against the charge. A slew of experts refuted Smith and SM was acquitted.

Maureen, of Toronto. She had been caring for 3-year-old Tyrell one evening in 1998 when he hit his head while playing, suffering a fatal injury. Maureen was charged with second-degree murder after Smith said that children don't die from such accidental falls. Other pathologists disputed this and the charge was eventually dropped. Meantime, she had temporarily lost custody of her two children.

Brenda Waudby and daughter, Justine, of Peterborough. Brenda's other daughter, Jenna, 21 months, died of blunt trauma to the abdomen in 1997. Brenda was charged with the second-degree murder because of an error Smith made in the timing of the death. Justine was removed from Brenda's custody for almost two years while the case was before the courts. The charge against Brenda was dropped and a 14-year-old male babysitter was subsequently convicted of manslaughter.

William Mullins-Johnson, of Toronto. He was wrongly convicted in 1994 for killing and sodomizing his 4-year-old niece, Valin, based on evidence from Smith. The conviction was overturned last year because of Smith's discredited testimony. Mullins-Johnson had spent 12 years behind bars.

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/...4ebec1&k=28993
Ontario pathologist to testify tomorrow
Tom Blackwell
Sunday, January 27, 2008


TORONTO - When Dr. Charles Smith first got together with a group of family-minded physicians a decade ago, he brought an unusual calling card: dozens of photographs showing the effects of abuse on the dead children he autopsied. "Just sitting there for half an hour watching two tray-loads of slides go by, I found it pretty emotionally draining," remembers Dr. Peter Webster, a Toronto respiratory specialist who was at the meeting. "You look at this and you think... how does he tolerate it?" To Webster, a friend, the pathologist was a shy and exacting "straight shooter" who did a thankless job because of his passion to bring child abusers to justice.

Before leaving Ontario in disgrace a few years ago, Smith was an avid farmer of Hereford cows, helped dig up victims of the 1918 flu pandemic from the Arctic permafrost, and travelled to India to investigate a string of murders. He and his former wife, a Toronto-area doctor and former coroner, have two children, but also lost an infant son born with serious congenital defects.

Yet the former head of Ontario's pediatric forensic pathology unit also threatened a police officer who gave him a speeding ticket, was infamous for his sloppy work habits, and contributed to the wrongful homicide prosecutions of several parents and caregivers, sometimes with devastating consequences.

As Smith begins a week of much-anticipated testimony tomorrow at the inquiry examining his checkered career, he still seems to be a jumble of contradictions, set against a colourful, and tragic, background. A deeply faithful man, he was sometimes boastful, other times humble, was dogged about his work, but also sloppy. The commission was prompted by an international expert review that concluded Smith had made serious mistakes in 20 of 45 criminally suspicious deaths he investigated between 1991 and 2001, many of which led to homicide charges.

The commissioner, Justice Stephen Goudge, has been mandated to focus mostly on systemic failings in the forensic pediatric pathology system. Some of those broader issues, though, have already been addressed; the most compelling testimony has swirled around the pathologist himself. Still, what drove him to stumble so spectacularly is only beginning to come clear.
Witnesses at the hearings have described him as a warm, caring man with an abiding Christian faith, who impressed most people with his charm and intelligence. On the other hand, he made what international experts have called fundamental mistakes in his death investigations, concealed a potentially key piece of evidence for years, and speckled his court testimony with "Sherlock Holmes"-like speculation, Justice Goudge has heard.

Some experts have argued at the inquiry that a forensic pathologist ought to play a neutral role in the justice system, offering impartial, scientific evidence whether it aids the prosecution or defence. There are indications Smith saw his role somewhat differently. In a 1994 interview with the Edmonton Journal, after a high-profile Alberta abuse case ended in acquittal, Smith is quoted as boasting that there had been convictions in all but two of the 20-25 cases of deliberate head injuries in which he testified. The key, he reportedly explained, was co-ordination between all the experts involved.
"We don't cook our stories, but we identify problems," Smith was quoted as saying.

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Toronto

YWCA program: girls candid about sex harassment in schools

http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/297971

Girls candid about sex harassment
Combatting taunts in the hallways

Ten girls from a YWCA girls' program shared their suggestions with the Star recently:

When you're talking about bullying in grade school, tell boys and girls about sexual harassment as well;
explain what it is (unwanted sexual attention) and that it's degrading, and wrong.
Teachers should speak up on the girls' behalf when they overhear sexual taunts in the hall, not just walk by.
Make self-defence a compulsory part of Grade 9 physical education for girls, just like first aid.
Provide more centres like the one run by the YWCA – safe places for girls where they can learn why this behaviour is wrong, learn their rights and learn self-respect.
YWCA offers place to vent about vulgar talk in school hallways and learn value of respect
January 28, 2008
Louise Brown
Education Reporter


They can get grabbed on the breast or the backside at any time in the halls. They hear girls being called "skank," "ho" or "slut" every day at school. Every day, sometimes from other girls. And with sad regularity, they hear guys yell out which part of the male anatomy they want them to suck. "Guys always say that – it's disgusting, but a lot of girls laugh it off," says 16-year-old student Megan Brownlee. "I'm shocked when girls don't get mad, because deep inside, you know the guys don't respect you."

Yet in the sexually charged halls of today's high schools, where lawyer Julian Falconer's recent report on school safety in Toronto uncovered "alarming rates" of harassment and assault, many girls don't seem to know how to say Stop, according to a group of young Scarborough women who attend what may be the only all-girls centre in Canada. In a recent two-hour rant about harassment from boys, 10 teenaged girls from five east-end high schools sat in the lounge at the YWCA's Girls' Centre on Kingston Rd. and described the minefield of sexual tensions they navigate each day at their schools, which include R.H. King Academy, Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School, Woburn Collegiate, ASE Alternative School and Birchmount Collegiate. In the spirit of confidentiality this centre promotes, the Star agreed not to identify which school each girl attends.

But more prevention programs like this are among the 126 recommendations of Falconer's report on school safety prompted by the shooting death last spring of 15-year-old Jordan Manners. While the girls agree this kind of boy-free spot provides an oasis where they can talk discreetly about these touchy subjects away from school with input from trained youth counsellors, they admit the issue is complicated.

"You hear stuff like `What's up, bitch?' and `Hey, ho' every other second," says Tanya, 14, a Grade 9 student. "I would be so scared to say anything back."

At 18, Jhanelly Porter fears "it's too late for our generation" to re-set the gender balance, to get guys to respect girls, to get girls to respect each other, to get girls to respect themselves – especially against the backdrop of the sexually degrading lyrics of hits like "Crank That" by Soulja Boy, which refers to oral sex, or "Tip Drill" by Nelly, which refers to anal foreplay. The video shows the singer swiping his credit card between a woman's buttocks. "It's horrifying, but music has an influence. Some guys at school will swipe their credit card on your arm as you walk by," says the Grade 12 student who just finished a project about sexist lyrics in hip-hop music.

Falconer focused much of his investigation on gender violence after discovering that a Muslim girl at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate had been forced by six males to perform oral sex in a school washroom, and the school had failed to report the assault to authorities.
At this girls' centre – the sort of agency Falconer says can be crucial in preventing sexual harassment – girls aged 9 to 16 come for help with everything from homework to healthy relationships. They often open up about harassment precisely because they are not at school, but away from "the sense of prudishness some girls associate with school staff," said Amanda Dale, the Y's director of advocacy for Toronto. "Kids aren't as trusting of teachers to tell them when something like this happened," says Piramila Ravindiran, 16, a Grade 11 student. "And guidance counsellors are more there to talk about your career."

But at an off-site centre, "girls talk to us about exactly what the Falconer report discovered – that sexual harassment has become so common, it seems `normal' to many of them," said Dale. "You can't expect the school system to handle this problem on its own. You need outside agencies like ours where girls feel comfortable enough to disclose (incidents of harassment)," said Dale.
At this recent three-hour program, where girls eat dinner first and then discuss topics such as stress, self-esteem, sex and sexual harassment, the girls are candid.

They speak openly about girl fights they have witnessed at school, at the Kennedy subway station, at Scarborough Town Centre – and how guys often fight one-on-one whereas girls summon backup by cellphone from other girls and sometimes guys. Staff counsellors gently steer the conversation to broader issues of safety at school, and power, and the use of violence. The Y is working to replicate the Girls' Centre in other cities across Canada. The modest program in a Scarborough office building recently won the Mayor's 2007 award for safety for its Safe Sisters prevention program with pre-teen girls. With these teenaged girls, the program seems to be having an impact, as the girls start to brainstorm how to fight back.

"I know sexual harassment is almost something you can't avoid at school," concedes Puja Bagri, 17, a Grade 11 student, "but kids don't realize it's actually bullying." Bagri says she's been to "so many girls' programs, I know my rights now, and if someone said this stuff to me directly I would probably say right back, `Do you know what you just said? You can't talk like that.' Sometimes that would be enough to stop them, just by answering." Ravindiran, 16, agrees "the worst thing girls can do is ignore it. When they're teaching health in Grade 9 all about condoms and saying No to sex, they should also talk about how to deal with sexual harassment and name calling."

Bagri noted most schools hold a safety assembly at the start of the year where they talk about weapons and bullying – "and that's when they should talk about sexual harassment too, and explain that it's actually illegal."

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g abuse of women as entertainment for adults TheStar.com - living - Packaging abuse of women as entertainment for adults - Cruel, degrading scenes `normalized' for generation brought up in dot-com world 1/26/08 Antonia Zerbisias Living Columnist....

According to the Internet Filter Review, worldwide porn revenues, including in-room movies at hotels, sex clubs and the ever-expanding E-sex world, topped $97 billion in 2006. That's more than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink....

Every second, 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography....

That's a lot of women who, for whatever their reasons, and most likely they are economic, are being tortured....

There's a huge market for the domination of women....

Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has been tracking the trend for years. In his new book Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity, he writes with alarm about how the "cruelty line" in mass-market pornography is driving up. At the same time, the "normalization" line – "the measure of the acceptance of pornography in the mainstream of contemporary culture" – is also up, sharply. "If pornography is increasingly cruel and degrading, why is it increasingly commonplace instead of more marginalized?" he writes. "In a society that purports to be civilized, wouldn't we expect most people to reject sexual material that becomes evermore (sic) dismissive of the humanity of women? How do we explain the simultaneous appearance of more, and increasingly more intense, ways to humiliate women sexually and the rising popularity of the films that present those activities?" http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/296391

Family Trauma Survivors' Network Annual Leadership Training Conference in Haines City, Florida (near Disney World) April 3 - 6, 2008 :

A leadership conference for Survivors interested in developing their leadership abilities, those interested in Survivor-run programs, and those interested in helping to develop a Trauma Support Group in their area :

For information: Anita Cape at [url=mailto:familyptsdnet@aol.com]familyptsdnet@aol.com[/url] or http://www.traumasurvivorssupport.com/

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Questionnaires on the difference between torture and abuse -

Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson from Persons Against Ritual Abuse -Torture have developed two questionnaires (one general and one for persons who Self-identify that they have endured non-state torture --- torture committed by parents, spouses, other kin, guardians, neighbors, trusted adults, or strangers, for example). It is generally referred to as torture that happens in the private sphere. With a goal of developing participatory research to show the difference between torture and abuse this vital information can be used to lobby for structural transformation including better laws and services for persons who have endured non-state actor torture. To include your voice in this goal contact Linda and Jeanne at [url=mailto:flight@ns.sympatico.ca]flight@ns.sympatico.ca[/url] www.ritualabusetorture.org This questionnaire graphically describes crimes


Idaho Releases Yearly Report on Sexual Abuse 1/24/2008 The Idaho Attorney General's yearly report on sexual abuse cases is out. It shows one disturbing fact that has not changed in all these years. It's that the abuser is almost always a person known and trusted by the victim and the victim's family, as with the Bonneville County case of Scott Wolfley, now admitting to molesting a young relative. Of all 430 criminal cases filed in Idaho between July 2006 and June 2007 against adult and juvenile defendants, there were just three cases in which the defendant was a stranger to the victim. Seventy-two percent were acquaintances, 8% were natural parents, 6% were step-parents and 9% were other relatives. The full report : http://www2.state.id.us/ag/sexual_pr...buseReport.pdf http://www.kpvi.com/Global/story.asp?S=7770431

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