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Acquittal of stepfather on sex assault charges based on stereotypes Appeal Court

first_imgMONTREAL — The Quebec Court of Appeal has overturned a man’s acquittal on eight charges of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter, ruling that the trial judge was too quick to dismiss the testimony of the alleged victim.Asserting that “nobody saw anything” to assess the credibility of a young complainant is not in keeping with the law, the Appeal Court concluded in a unanimous decision released Thursday.“Certain comments of the judge suggest a stereotypical attitude concerning sexual assaults of children,” Justice Simon Ruel wrote for the three-judge appeal panel.Ruel said the trial judge, Denise Descoteaux of Quebec court, was wrong to imply the testimony of the alleged victim had to be corroborated to be credible. The assaults are alleged to have taken place over a period of six years when the girl was aged between six and 12. She was 15 when she testified at the trial in 2017.In her ruling, Descoteaux was skeptical of the stepfather’s claim that he was never alone with the child because he spent the entire day on his land cutting wood, year-round. The judge called his testimony “not transparent, not reliable, not sincere and not credible.”Yet she acquitted him, finding a reasonable doubt because of the limited reliability of the testimony of the girl, who had been unable to provide many details of the alleged assaults. The judge also questioned how the abuse could have gone on for so long without anyone noticing.The Appeal Court said the trial judge evaluated the complainant’s testimony as if she were an adult. It noted that it is understandable that a young child would not have the words to describe what she had suffered. And it said sexual abuse is a crime committed away from the view of others, often in the context of a relationship of trust or authority.It has ordered a new trial for the accused, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Sammy Hagar To Be Honored By Adopt The Arts

first_imgOn Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Adopt The Arts (adoptthearts.org), the Los Angeles-based charity that preserves and creates arts programs in U.S. public schools, will honor rock icon Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) for his humanitarian work at their annual Rock Gala at the historic Avalon Ballroom in Hollywood.EMMY award winning actor Jane Lynch will host the epic night featuring once in a lifetime musical performances and a live auction with priceless experience packages that will help fund music programs in LAUSD elementary schools.Adopt The Arts Co-Founder, Grammy winner Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), will take the stage to salute Sammy Hagar with an all-star lineup of some of the biggest names in Rock N Roll including STEVE STEVENS, (Billy Idol), MICHAEL ANTHONY (Van Halen, The Circle), FRANKY PEREZ (Apocalyptica), DUFFY (The Cult), STEVE LUKATHER (Toto), KENNY ARONOFF (John Mellencamp), PHIL X (Bon Jovi), STEVE SALAS (Rod Stewart), and ROBERT DELEO and DEAN DELEO (Stone Temple Pilots).Tickets to the event are now on sale with prices ranging from $100-$500 each. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.ADOPT THE ARTS – a 501c3 non-profit funding arts programs in public elementary schools – was founded by musician Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and activist Abby Berman and works to preserve arts programs in U.S. public schools. To raise awareness, ADOPT THE ARTS honors individuals who’ve had a long-lasting impact on music culture and who inspire young musicians to follow in their footsteps. Actress JANE LYNCH was the first celebrity to lend her support to ADOPT THE ARTS and is on the Board of Directors; the advisory board also includes: Slash, John Stamos, Billy Bob Thornton and more.According to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 50% of elementary school children in the district are not receiving arts education of any kind. As in many school districts around the country, LAUSD has been slowly eroding its commitment to arts education, reducing the budget incrementally. The LAUSD district also estimates that 80% of its student body is living at or below the poverty line, which means the vast majority of these elementary school children will not have access to the arts outside of school.“Adopt the Arts was born out of the frustration for my own children losing education in the arts,” explains ADOPT THE ARTS Co-Founder Abby Berman. “When the system is failing, we have to take action. With influential people like my Co-Founder Matt Sorum adopting schools, we can preserve this valuable component to childhood development, which is also known to boost test scores. Because Federal and State funding is falling short, the responsibility is upon us as concerned parents and citizens to ensure we’re raising a new generation of healthy and well-rounded individuals.”ADOPT THE ARTS Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder Matt Sorum adds, “We’re starting in our own backyard here in Los Angeles, and we’ll continue to adopt schools across the nation. We believe that art is a universal and necessary language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds.”last_img read more