Friday, 17 November 2017

More accusations of sexual abuse by persons in power  (part 2)    

Before I publish the names of t alleged sexual abusers, I want to point out to my readers that unless the abusers have actually admitted to sexually abusing other persons, they should be presumed to be innocent of the accusations. However, that old adage comes to mind—where there is smoke, there is fire. Further, in my opinion, sexual abuse also includes trying to get another person to participate in some form of a sexual act. I am also cognizant of the fact that some women claim that they were raped or otherwise sexually abused when in fact, the so-called sex acts didn’t happen between them and other men. They do it to make a name for themselves.  However, there are also women who were raped or sexually abused but are too embarrassed to make that information public. And now, I will tell you about this second accused sexual abuser.
Harvey Weinstein

You may remember from the previous article, that I mentioned that a snowball as it rolls down a hill, it gets bigger and bigger. Well this man was the snow ball that began rolling down a hill. The bigger it got, more sexual abuser' victims went public. That is because these victims decided it was time to tell the public who also sexually abused them.  

Being the wife of an alleged sexual predator is far better than being a victim of that predator but it’s not a role to be desired. Case in point: Georgina Chapman, the 41-year- old English fashion designer who was, until very recently, the committed spouse of fallen Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. His wife announced that she is leaving her husband and taking her children with her after the bombshell media investigations by the New York Times and the New Yorker revealed that the serial sexual predator was accused by many women over a period of several decades in the entertainment industry of sexually abusing them in various forms.

Chapman said in a statement to People Magazine “I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time. “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions.”

Unfortunately, Chapman’s business already appears to be suffering as a result of her husband’s sexual actions. Jewelry retailer Helzberg Diamonds announced it was severing ties with her fashion label, Marchesa, (Chapman’s firm) and some former fans of the brand have begun boycotting it.

Chapman is not only an ongoing subject of media fascination; she is the target of unfair online vitriol. In times like these, everyone wants to know—Who is the wife? Was she aware of her husband’s alleged behaviour? How could she have been married to such a pig? Did her silence enable him? Those are unfair questions. It implies that she knew everything and didn’t do anything to stop her husband from abusing the women.

It is common knowledge that Harvey Weinstein may have been instrumental in the success of his wife’s fashion line, but there is no proof that she personally pressured famous actresses to wear her Marchesa gowns on the red carpet. But with respect to Chapman’s motivations for staying by Weinstein’s side for years, and now, for leaving him, we don’t actually know anything about their relationship.

Of course it’s entirely possible, as online haters of the fashion designer have suggested; that Chapman knew about every violation allegedly committed by her husband. It’s also entirely possible she had no qualms about keeping quiet so that he could help her business succeed. But suppositions like those are not evidence.

And those quick to condemn Chapman ought to remember that there are other possibilities in this equation, and though they are less scandalous, they are worth considering.

It is entirely possible that revelations about Weinstein’s alleged abuse came as a complete surprise to her. It’s also possible that Chapman was under the impression her husband was merely creepy (the kind of guy who makes a pass at a female subordinate) but was totally unaware that his actions may have veered into the territory of sexual assault. It’s also entirely possible that at his hands she was also a victim of sexual assault. Some of the women who say Weinstein allegedly assaulted or harassed them also report that they were terrified of him. Who’s to say his wife wasn’t equally terrified? Of course we don’t know the answers to those suppositions. 

What is commonly known is that the spouses of fallen powerful men are rarely able to redeem themselves like Hillary Clinton did. Real life is not as forgiving as we would like it. If Chapman says she knew nothing, she will not be believed. If she says she knew something, she will be loathed. Her situation is unfortunately a lose-lose situation no matter what she says.

 A new accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, told a packed news conference in New York that Mr. Moore attacked her when she was a teenager and he was a prosecutor in Etowah County, Ala. Ms. Nelson was represented at the news conference by Gloria Allred, a lawyer who has championed victims of sexual harassment.

She said, “I tried fighting him off, while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my head onto his crotch,” Ms. Nelson said, growing emotional as she described the assault, which she said happened one night after her shift ended at a local restaurant, where she was a waitress. She said that Mr. Moore warned her that “no one will believe you” if she told anyone about the encounter in his car.

Moore denied knowing the man but he lied. Ms. Allred displayed a yearbook that Ms. Nelson said had been signed by Mr. Moore, and the writing mirrored other examples of Mr. Moore’s signature.

Being sexually assaulted is a far graver lose-lose situation than that of the wronged spouse, but victims of sex crimes have a protective force behind them that Chapman and women like her most certainly do not and that is the sisterhood of other victim. In other words, where victims of assault are rightly believed, women who appear to give themselves willingly to domineering men are judged and shunned.

Certainly Chapman is not Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern who was faced with the slow, painful climb back to respectable public life after her affair with former President Clinton. It is a perfect example of the cognitive dissonance some feminists exhibit in situations where women aren’t clear-cut victims.

The difference between Lewinski and Chapman is that Lewinski did what she did to move up in the world whereas Chapman is faced with the problem of moving down in the world.

Perhaps the most telling example of this cognitive dissonance was BeyoncĂ© performing in front of a gigantic “FEMINIST” backdrop at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards after she sang Partition.  a song in which she turns Lewinsky’s name into a verb for ejaculation. Some of the song’s words were “He Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown.” Lewinsky later and rightly so shot back at the pop star in Vanity Fair, when she wrote; “If we’re verbing, (verbalizing) I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown.” That singer’s stupidity in her choice of words was obvious.  I certainly hope that Chapman isn’t saddled with stupid words in a song by another fool.

No one will really know if Georgina Chapman was a victim of her husband, but she is most definitely a victim of the judgment of people who should know better. This is indeed unfortunate because when a man appears to have abused his power in a cruel and heinous manner, as Harvey Weinstein has allegedly done, the public rage against his former spouse achieves nothing more than to extend Weinstein’s path of destruction.

What would really be disastrous is if her children are saddled with the stigma that is richly deserved by Harvey Weinstein and only him. They might be better off if their mother changes their last name to Chapman if that isn’t already their names. 

The United States is a big country with well over 300 million people living in it. How many of the men in the USA have the same first and last names as the sexual predator, Harvey Weinstein?  Will many of them become the recipients of cruel jokes?

Two decades ago, the Hollywood producer  invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what the young actress expected to be a business breakfast meeting. Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower, she recalled i an interview.

“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Ms. Judd said she remembers thinking.

In 2014, Mr. Weinstein invited Emily Nestor, who had worked just one day as a temporary employee, to the same hotel and made another offer: If she accepted his sexual advances, he would boost her career, according to accounts she provided to colleagues who sent them to Weinstein Company executives. The following year, once again at the Peninsula, a female assistant said Mr. Weinstein badgered her into giving him a massage while he was naked, leaving her “crying and very distraught,” wrote a colleague, Lauren O’Connor, in a searing memo asserting sexual harassment and other misconduct by their boss.

Many women have been sexually abused by celebrities and kept those experiences to themselves or only shared them with close friends. However, often when someone goes public, others will follow suit.    

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

More accusations of sexual abuse by persons in power (part 1)

Before I publish the names of t alleged sexual abusers, I want to point out to my readers that unless the abusers have actually admitted to sexually abusing other persons, they should be presumed to be innocent of the accusations. However, that old adage comes to mind—where there is smoke, there is fire. Further, in my opinion, sexual abuse also includes trying to get another person to participate in some form of a sexual act. I am also cognizant of the fact that some women claim that they were raped or otherwise sexually abused when in fact, the so-called sex acts didn’t happen between them and other men. They do it to make a name for themselves.  However, there are also women who were raped or sexually abused but are too embarrassed to make that information public. And now, I will tell you about some of the sexual abusers in power.

Imagine that you are the director of a movie film that is costing the movie studio millions of dollars to produce. The movie is almost completed. Your star of the movie is John Doe who plays the role of a religious Catholic priest. His face appears in 214 camera shots.                                   

Then one day you read in the newspaper that your film star has  been accused of sexually molesting a small child fifteen years ago.

The studio tells you that they want his face removed from the scenes of the movie. In the past, that could be done by re-shooting the scenes with another actor playing the role of the priest. Further you have to bring in the other actors and actresses who were also in the scenes including the production staff to do what is called a do-over. It would also cost the studio another million dollars.

Ridley Scott must be kicking himself for not having signed Christopher Plummer, 87, to the role as he is said to have originally planned, instead choosing Spacey, 58, for his greater star power.

Now Scott’s getting a do-over from the studio. He’s going to hastily remake the film starring Plummer, which means that Plummer will plant himself in front of a green screen for 12 hours a day and pretend to be Spacey playing Getty.

As we now know, plenty of Hollywood movies were made by and performed in by child molester and rapists, but audiences generally aren’t aware of that at the time they are watching the movie, especially if the movie was shown decades earlier.

In 2004, Bill Cosby (star of a TV sitcom) was accused of sexual misconduct by 13 different women. The civil lawsuit claimed he drugged and sexually assaulted the women. Cosby settled with undisclosed terms.

Since 1992, Woody Allen has been suspected of having sexual relations with minors when Allen was found with nude photos of his partner Mia Farrow's now 20-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi. Allen and Soon-Yi were married in 1997. In 2014, Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow accused Allen of sexual assault.

Brad Pitt was charged with indecent exposure in 1988 for an incident in which the Fight Club actor allegedly mooned (pulled his pants down) drivers on the Pacific Coast Highway in California.

Film Director Roman Polanski was charged with statutory rape, sodomy, and child molestation after he had consensual sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl. Most of the charges were dropped and Polanski pled guilty to statutory rape. The sentence was set to be probation, but when Polanski learned that the judge wanted to cause a media storm by sentencing him to jail time, he fled the United States.

In 1988, Sean Penn was charged with domestic violence for an incident involving his then-wife Madonna. Allegedly, Penn tied Madonna to a chair and gagged her before leaving the house to get alcohol. When he returned, he is rumored to have only untied the singer when she agreed to perform sexual acts.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off actor Jeffrey Jones pled no contest to charges of child pornography. However, he was sentenced to five years probation and is a registered sex offender.

There are many other actors and producers who sexually abused or attempted to have unwanted sex with young persons and\or women

Dr. Wendy James, who focuses on the early diagnosis and treatment of psychological issues said, “Every situation is unique, but today when we look at the stars, we hear it all the time, that they begin to abuse their positions. As a society we tend to glorify stars and society sees them as doing no wrong and a lot of time I see the frequency of narcissistic behavior in stars.”

Some movie stars and producers feel that they are above the law and certain kinds of behavior. 

Dr. Fred Berlin, the director of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Behavior Consultation Unit, said there is no definitive statistic that shows pedophiles are more prevalent among Hollywood’s elite.

I think we pay more attention to the accusations and are sort of more surprised in many ways because we thought we knew these people based on what we saw on TV and in the movies.

Most of these cases we are learning about get a certain amount of attention and the public is rightfully concerned when people are accused for their alleged sexual crimes. We become more aware of these problems when the accusations become national stories especially when someone who is accused of a sex crime is also a celebrity.

It is my belief that when someone is watching a movie in which the star has been accused of an unwanted sexual act, that knowledge may distract the moviegoer’s attention from what the star is doing or saying in the movie. That is why the studios want to remove that movie or television star’s image from the film. That can be done while the production is still ongoing but once the film has been sent to all the thousands of movie theatres; it is too late to correct the problem.

I am wondering how many victims from the past haven’t yet publicly declared the names of other stars and/or producers who raped or otherwise molested them.

Further, the sex scandals of our time in history also involve politicians and sports celebrities.

The recent discoveries of these sex scandals are not unlike a snowball. Once a snowball begins to roll downhill, it gets bigger and bigger as more sex scandals become known. How big is this snowball going to be?  

Monday, 13 November 2017

A Canadian Police Force that abused citizens

The police force I am writing about is in the City of Toronto, Canada’s largest city. I would be amiss however if I didn’t mention that in my opinion; almost all police forces in Canada and the United States have rotten cops within their police forces. Of course, in each of those police forces, the police are mostly decent and honest cops. I am now going to give you an example of a wrongdoing by a rotten member of the Toronto Police Service.

Nineteen-year-old Defonte Miller (a black man) was repeatedly  hit with a steel pipe just before 3 a.m. on December 28, 2016 in the town of Whitby in the Regional district of Durham (just east of Toronto) As a direct result of this vicious attack by Constable Michael Theriault age 25, a Toronto off-duty cop and his brother, Christian Theriault, age 21, who is a civilian, Defonte suffered from a broken orbital bone, a broken nose, a fractured wrist and damage to his left eye that was so severe, it had to be surgically removed.

 Defonte  was wrongfully charged with theft under $5,000, two counts of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon and possession related to marijuana, however all the charges were withdrawn following a pretrial hearing on May 5, 2017.

It is not unusual for phony charges being laid by police officers who have severely injured a civilian. This is what I suspect was the reason why these charges were laid in the first place. The cop thought that the phony assault charge would justify the beating given to Defonte. He obviously thought wrong like most police goons do. 

Ask yourself why this off-duty cop from the city where he is a police officer was investigating a civilian in another city. This certainly doesn’t pass the smell test.

What really happened was that Defonte and two friends were walking down Erickson Drive in Whitby, headed to the home of another friend, when two men wearing street clothes they didn’t know tried to confront them and then the two men began chasing them with one of the two men carrying a metal pipe. Defonte’s friends managed to escape, but he was not so fortunate.

Const. Michael Theriault, and Christian Theriault, both faced charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon (the iron pipe) and public mischief. The last charge relates to the phony report given to the police in Whitby where these assault and other crimes were committed by Michael Theriault and his younger brother.

This marked the first time that Ontario’s police watchdog, Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has laid charges against a civilian who has never before worked as a police officer. There is no doubt in my mind that this rotten cop and his rotten bother will both eventually be going to prison for these crimes  they committed and rightly so.

As result of a foolish decision by the Durham Regional Police Force, it didn’t issue a warrant for the arrest of the two perps.  That makes the persons who should have ordered the arrest of the two criminals that attacked Defonte as being totally stupid as far as I am concerned. Avoiding to issue an arrest warrant for two criminals when one is a police officer is outrageous.  The motive behind that kind of thinking is the protection of the police blue line. 

Marin, who served as Ontario’s ombudsman for a decade starting in 2005, and was also a SIU director from 1996 to 1998 said, “It’s not a case of negligence. There’s a deliberate thought process,”

Defonte frantically banged on the door of a home on Erickson Drive that night, looking for help from the homeowner who actually witnessed part of the alleged beating. But the Durham Regional Police never even contacted that person to interview him. Why not? This is another example of the Durham Regional Police Force protecting their own.

Toronto Police spokesperson Meaghan Gray said an experienced SIU Liaison Officer who works for Toronto Police was notified of the incident on the day it occurred, (December 28, 2016). The Liaison officer however determined it did not meet the mandate of the SIU after looking at all of the information available at the time. HOG WASH.

I am convinced that that man was given information that one of the Toronto cops seriously assaulted a citizen in Whitby and that the citizen had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Not serious enough? Give me a break.  Whose ass was he protecting?

The Durham Regional Police Force should have also informed SIU since they knew that one of perps was a Toronto Police officer even when the crimes were committed in their Region and not in Toronto.

Asked why Durham police didn’t contact the police watchdog, Durham Regional Police said “It is the responsibility of the police service that employs the involved officer to contact the SIU.” That is true but suppose the Toronto police didn`t do that and Durham Regional Police didn`t do it and the Durham Regional Police didn’t arrest the two goons, then these two goons would have gone unpunished.

Currently, legislation requires only that the police chief of an offending officer involved in an incident that took place in Durham Region should be the one that SIU That would mean that the Toronto Police Service would have to contact SIU which they did.

It is ironic when you think of it. Why can’t a police force in one city where the police crime is committed not be able to report the crime to SIU if the cop isn’t one of their own cops when an ordinary citizen who has been seriously injured or raped by a police officer can complain directly to the SIU?

From now on, Durham Regional Police will contact the Special Investigations Unit even if the officer involved in the incident is not one of their own. To quote an often quoted German saying; “Too Smart, Too late.”

The change is a result of the service’s administrative review, undertaken following the incident in Whitby in December of 2016 when Dafonte Miller was beaten.  

Toronto police officer, Michael Theriault is currently suspended with pay and his brother, Christian Theriault who is not a police officer and who lives in Whitby were both released on bail with conditions attached.

As is the usual practice by the police in Toronto, Michael Theriault will be required to report to police headquarters and sign in twice a day, seven days a week. That means he can’t take on another job or go on vacation out of town. How sad. Can you hear my crockadile tears dropping on the floor?  Further, the Theriault brothers’ revised bail conditions forbid them from possessing weapons, contacting Defonte or his family, or contacting any members of the Durham police who may be involved in the investigation.

Years ago, a young man riding his two-wheeled bike was looking for the house his friend lived in on a particular street. He knocked on every door making enquiries. When he was at one door, no one answered and as he was walking back to the sidewalk where his bike was, it was then that a car pulled up. Inside it was the owner of the house. He was a Toronto Police Service sergeant. He presumed that the man who was walking on the walkway leading to his home had burglarized his home so he dragged him into the car and beat him so badly;  he broke the jaw of the innocent man. The cop was convicted of the assault and sentenced to three years in prison.

When I learn what the final outcome of this particular case is, I will add it onto the end of this article. 

In another article, I will write about other cases of brutality by certain police officers of the Toronto Police Service. Alas, there are many instances where this kind of conduct took place by some of the rotten police officers employed by the Toronto Police Service. 

Friday, 10 November 2017

News stories can be misleading
How many times we have read a news story and discovered later that the facts weren’t as they were previously written about in the newspapers?

We read a story about a vicious sex assault and about the accused person who allegedly raped a small child. Even his picture is shown in the paper. We are outraged and rhetorically, we all want the monster hanged from the nearest lamppost.                

Then we later learn that the man we wanted hanged isn’t the man who committed the rape of the child. To quote a German saying— “Too smart too late.” The innocent man’s reputation is now ruined since some people are prone to saying that he got away with the crime of raping the child.

Many years ago, three men were accused of committing a horrific rape against a young woman. Their pictures were published in the newspapers. It turned out that it wasn’t them who raped the young woman.  Before that information became public, one of the accused men was so embarrassed when his name and picture became public; he hanged himself. He was married and had two young children.

In today's hurried society with its need to grab its news and information in superficial bites, they are often mere allegations which are vastly different from an earlier society that held firm beliefs about the accused being innocent until proven guilty.

I will tell you about an incident that took place in the United States that will give validity as to what I have said in the previous paragraph.  

School teacher, Daniel Mark Strom was a teacher at a school near Seattle, Washington in the Lake Washington School District. The 29-year-old teacher taught English and German at Rose Hill Junior High. 

One day in late September, 1989, during a teacher workshop day, Strom was summoned to the office of a vice principal, where he was confronted by two detectives of the Redmond Police Department. He was told that a student named Lisa had accused him of raping her on two occasions; once in March, when she was 12, and a few weeks later, just after her 13th birthday

After being arrested, Strom had initially been suspended with pay by the school district. Then in mid-October he was fired outright from his teaching job.

Needless to say, his arrest made the headlines in Seattle and elsewhere. The damaging media reports, in newspapers and on radio that replayed the charges were having a bad effect on his mental wellbeing and that of his family.  

The media reported that the girl had been summoned to his classroom after school to discuss her lagging grades in German class. Strom told her he understood that she had a crush on him. Then he allegedly kissed her, pulled her to the floor and had forced sexual intercourse with her.

Further, the news reports went on (quoting the prosecutor's charges), Strom came by Lisa's residence during the summer driving a red Corvette that he said he borrowed from a friend. They went for a drive, said the girl, but there was no sexual assault that time. Later, as the charge continued, Lisa said she tried to break off the relationship. She also said that he raped her twice.

He was actually innocent of raping the student. But meanwhile the damage had already been done to him and his family.

After the accusation was made, he said, “I was completely stunned. I felt utter disbelief that this could happen to me. Maybe it's the thing you think could happen to somebody else, andt it can't happen to you.”

He felt a sense of panic.  He'd never been in trouble with the law before or any kind of trouble for that matter. Even though he was read his rights to remain silent, Strom gave the officers a statement that the allegations against him by the young student were untrue.

He was released by the police and then he drove home to North Seattle to break the news to his wife, parents and brothers about what had happened to him. They, too, were dumbfounded.  He later said that his wife had broken down and cried.        

Gordon Strom said, “For everyone in the family, the passing weeks were almost like a situation of death and dying. There's been a death—the death of a career and reputation in a sense.”        

Strom's legal defense had a faltering start, but that turned around when Seattle attorney Jan Olson began representing him. Olson had an investigator check some of the facts of the case. The information obtained was passed onto the prosecutor’s office. Then  a full reinvestigation was undertaken by the deputy prosecutor who was handling the case.

Deputy Prosecutor Rebecca Roe later explained that Lisa's red Corvette story apparently was not true. Strom had always said that he'd never owned or driven a Corvette and none of his friends owned one. In fact, the girl had told a school counselor that she had fabricated that whole red-car incident. For the credibility of the witness and the state's case, that was a fatal blow. If that part of her story was a fabrication, what else was a fabrication?

There were other flaws. It's implausible that the alleged rapes would have occurred as Lisa described them in an unlocked classroom   in a corner of the room not visible to others passing by the room and hearing her screams.

Further, even before the allegations against Strom were made,  Lisa acknowledged that she also had a crush on another male teacher.

To those around her, Lisa had appeared to be a reasonably stable, credible youngster. She didn’t appear to be quirky. What might have caused her to fabricate such a tale? Could intense fantasy, perhaps rising out of fiction, TV or movie images, overtake and blur reality, then become perceived as reality itself?

Even though the charges had been dropped, a spokesperson for the Lake Washington School District later said that nothing had changed in Strom's employment status with the school.     As far as the school board was concerned, he was still fired. Strom was stigmatized by what had happened to him. Not getting his job back fueled the fire of that old saying—where there is smoke, there is fire.

Alas, I couldn’t find anything in the internet that he had been re-hired as a school teacher. It would appear that that sick puppy had destroyed his career with her false allegations.

There are lessons to be learned from this case.

Never judge a person until you know all of the facts first.

The news media should be careful to not publish an article about someone that would lead the readers into believing that an accused person is really guilty of a crime he or she is accused of until the trial is over.

If a student needs a ride home following an after-school activity, a teacher should call an administrator, a police officer or a taxi. The teacher should never be alone in his or her car with a student, especially a student of the opposite sex.

A teacher should never be alone in a school class room with a student of the opposite sex without first leaving the door to the classroom open so that the two of them are in view of anyone passing by.

Be careful who you hug if the person is a child and isn’t a family member or a relative. If you wish to hug a child to sooth the child’s feelings make sure you do it with others witnessing it.