As horrible as it is, sexual abuse is not the only kind of abuse that can destroy lives. My family was torn apart and destroyed by a thief, Dawn McSweeney, aided and abetted by the Montreal Police.
When you are attacked and robbed, you would expect the police to help you. In my case, when I was being attacked and I managed to call 911, Montreal Police came and helped the THIEF.
My aged parents and my siblings and I were betrayed from all sides. Because of the actions of the Montreal Police, no one would help me.
These crimes destroyed my family and my health. I have been fighting for justice night and day since the day of the attack, October 7, 1996. My immune system was severely compromised by the endless stress.
I am battling cancer while I continue to fight for justice.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Marlene Jennings, Canadian Member of Parliament and Quebec Deputy Police Ethics Commissioner stated at two public meetings in Montreal -
"Mrs. Carter's rights were violated three times."
See report below.
Allan MacMaster thought of a lost soul on Thursday and wept.
The Tory MLA for Inverness delivered a powerful speech in the Nova Scotia legislature about the struggles victims of sexual abuse face and the need to provide all the supports possible for people as they try to reclaim their lives.
Being a survivor requires great courage, MacMaster told the legislature, and it is important those who are abused know that they are good people. He named several survivors who asked him to do so.
"Let us give hope to those suffering in silence," MacMaster said.
"Sexual abuse is not a car accident we can look away from because we don't like what we see. We must acknowledge it and we must stop it from happening."
He touched on several matters from Port Hawkesbury involving allegations of abuse through the years, including the local youth band from the 1970s, as well as former businessman Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh. MacIntosh was found guilty on 18 counts of gross indecency and indecent assault after two Nova Scotia Supreme Court trials in 2010, but the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal set aside those convictions.
"Sexual predators go after children and young people to build themselves up to address their own inadequacies," MacMaster said in the House of Assembly in Halifax. "And what do we get in return? At least 15 dead in Inverness County from suicide. Maybe I shouldn't be talking about it, but I say it because it is real. That happened because we could have done more to help those people, we could have done more to protect them."
Using his parliamentary privilege, MacMaster had particularly pointed comments about MacIntosh.
"Fenwick MacIntosh is a psychopath who walks free because our justice system failed to put him in jail for sexually abusing hundreds of boys. This dark soul is now travelling poor countries under the guise of a spice company, once again preying upon the innocent and unsuspecting."
Speaking to reporters later, MacMaster said he started thinking last summer about making the speech after talking to an abuse victim about ways to acknowledge the bravery of people who come forward.
"Unfortunately, the justice system wasn't able to do what it could have to put some predators in jail, and I thought, if anything, what we could do is send a message to anybody who has been sexually abused that we care in this legislature and tell them that they are people that should be proud of surviving what they survived and that we stand with them."
On hand for MacMaster's speech was Robert Martin. He said he was abused by MacIntosh and also while a member of the youth band. He applied to the court to have a publication ban on his name lifted. Until now, he has always been referred to in the press by his initials.
"I want the other victims to know that there's a face that belongs to R.M., and I have friends and family, and I'm here if people want to chat about it," he said.
"I don't mind coming out. If I can help other victims, here I am."
Martin said he knows more than a hundred boys who allege they were abused. Most people left the community rather than sticking around, he said. Some are dead. The process of talking with others and sharing stories has provided some comfort, said Martin.
After talking to someone else who said he was abused while in the band, Martin wrote to the school board last summer asking that a tribute to the group be removed from the local school. It was gone within days, he said.
He is sharing these stories so people who are abused know it isn't their fault and it's OK to discuss.
"We want the silence broken and it to be healthy to talk about it."
Martin said he worries that some people may see his situation and not come forward for fear that it won't change anything. He first went to the police when he was 39. Today, he's 57.
What Martin is doing takes great courage, said MacMaster. He said Martin is leading the way by example. It was while talking about the impact abuse has on communities that MacMaster was overcome with emotion.
"I think of one guy that I used to play hockey with that is no longer with us. I didn't know, but I can only imagine what he went through. And nobody knew. And I think we owe it to those people to talk about this so that maybe we can do things so we can stop it from happening."
He said he would like to see a centre established in Nova Scotia, similar to one set up by former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy in Calgary, that co-ordinates services for people who have been sexually abused. Such sites have all of the necessary services under one roof and also prevent victims from having to retell their stories multiple times as they deal with various agencies, said MacMaster.
I SAVED HER LIFE - SHE STOLE MINE
More than 166,000 people around the world
have read these reports,
But there is still
No justice for
VICTIMS OF THE MONTREAL POLICE.
This Criminal Case Will Not Go Away
Until Justice is done.