United Nations, July 23 (Canadian-Media): UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, has just wrapped up a visit to Somalia, where she engaged with national authorities there on how to better address conflict-related sexual violence, resulting in a new Government commitment to help end the scourge, UN reports said.
Accompanied by Deqa Yasin, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Ms. Patten visited Baidoa for talks with the President of South West State, several members of his Cabinet and civil society organizations. She also met social workers involved in an International Organization for Migration (IOM)- supported Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration project, to assist women and girls formerly associated with extremist group Al Shabab.
Due to severe security constraints, she was unable to meet with survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, however she did liaise with women’s grassroots organizations and service providers in both Baidoa and Mogadishu that provided insight into the immense protection challenges faced by survivors, particularly in displacement settings.
The visit concluded with an express commitment by the Government to work with the UN, and the Office of the Special Representative to develop a new National Action Plan to End Sexual Violence in Conflict to implement the Joint Communiqué.
#sexualassault; #MichaelHawkins; #Toronto; #unconsciouswoman
Toronto, Sep 26 (Canadian-Media): Michael Hawkins, of Toronto, had been charged in connection with an indecent act and the sexual assault and of an unconscious woman at Kennedy Station earlier this month, media reports said.
Michael Hawkins/courtesy of CP24
Hawkins, A 69-year-old man, investigators said, had sexually assaulted a 40-year-old woman, lying on the ground outside of the subway station at around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 1.
Hawkins is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 6.
One witness, said the Police, attempted to stop the incident from occurring by yelling at the man but he “casually walked away” from the scene.
Security camera images of a suspect was released by the investigators on Sep 12.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Alberta, #Canada; #StephanieMcLean; #ElizabethFrySociety; #SexualAssualtAwareness
Alberta/Ottawa, Jun 15 (Canadian-Media): A pilot project is launched by Alberta, a Canadian province, to help sexual assault victims and learn their options. media reports said.
A grant of $700,000 will be given to the Elizabeth Fry Society by Stephanie McLean, the minister for the status of women, for a three-year pilot project to deliver free legal advice.
Sexual Assault Awareness/Facebook
Lawyers, provided by the Centres, outline options such as going through the criminal justice system and filing a human rights or civil claim.
McLean says victims often won't go to authorities for fear of not being believed and of being revictimized.
The project will reportedly be launched in areas served by the Elizabeth Fry Society including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Camrose, Red Deer, and other Indigenous communities.
#ProjectMercury, #TorontoPolice, #MyronDemkiw, #JanelleBlackadar, #onlinesexualabuse
Toronto, Apr 13 (Canadian-Media): Since 2014, Project Mercury was responsible for 153 arrests all over the world , including 16 Canadians, revealed by Toronto Police on Thursday, media reports said.
Project Mercury, a three-year international investigation into the online sexual abuse of children is a joint investigation between authorities in Canada, the U.S. and eight European countries, including the U.K., France, and Germany.
Of those convicted the sentences ranged from 30 months to 60 years, with many cases still before the courts.
The youngest victim was a 10-month-old.
"It's important to understand that this is happening to children all over the world," Toronto police Staff Supt. Myron Demkiw said at the press conference on Thursday.
Project Mercury, represented by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the U.K.'s National Crime Agency, a Saskatchewan RCMP unit and the Ottawa Police Service.Members from the Toronto police sex crimes unit joined police headquarters in downtown Toronto on Thursday.
Police said that various social networking platforms were used by the suspects
An undercover investigation launched by Toronto police after being alerted in January 25 by the National Crime Agency in the U.K of an online group using various social networking platforms to distribute child abuse material.
In July 2015, Toronto police witnessed a live-streaming event in which a six-year-old child was abused while other people from around the world commented and directed the abuser.
Police say within hours the child was rescued and the abuser was caught in Pennsylvania. More than 20 other offenders were arrested, mainly in the U.S. and the U.K.
"Unfortunately this was not the first time this happened, but I can tell you it was the last," Police Det. Const. Janelle Blackadar said.
Several other investigations uncovered similar live-streaming events.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)