Father, 93, convicted of sexually assaulting daughters 50 years ago

The Canadian Press

September 10, 2008 at 4:10 AM EDT

MONTREAL A 93-year-old Quebec man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting and beating his two daughters nearly 50 years ago.

Philippe Hamelin, who is deaf and almost blind, was convicted in Montreal yesterday of the five charges against him, including incest, sexual molestation and assault causing bodily harm.

Despite the conviction, Mr. Hamelin proclaimed his innocence and said he never harmed his daughters.

The acts took place in Montreal and Granby when Marcelle and Michele Hamelin, now 62 and 63 respectively, were children or just entering their early teens.

They had the publication ban on their identities lifted yesterday at their own request.

Marcelle Hamelin said she filed a complaint against her father in 2004 as she battled alcoholism and depression and after he said he felt no remorse for his actions.

She said she hopes other victims of sexual abuse will come forward, no matter what links may exist between them and their attacker.

"All I can hope to tell women who are victims of abuse is to denounce ... and liberate yourself, no matter who it is, even if it is your father," she told reporters gathered outside the courtroom.

"Your father is supposed to be the most important person in your life and mine was a monster."

Mr. Hamelin protested his innocence to reporters as he emerged from the courthouse, using a walker.

"I didn't sleep with my daughters, I didn't beat anyone, I didn't do anything," he said as he left the courthouse. Mr. Hamelin remained out on bail as he prepared to learn his sentence.

He lives in an extended-care home. No date has been set for sentencing, but the defence will likely argue the prison system is not equipped to deal with a sick 93-year-old man.

With a report from Les Perreaux

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When daughters come forward 60 years later, it raises a great deal of questions and generally speaking, its far too late to be considering criminal charges. "children can , I mean can have improper as well as proper motivations. Improper motivations can mean a Rasputin character in the background with a financial selfish or political interest in having women remember abuse from 50 years ago.

That alone raises very serious questions as to how and why the crown should decide to lay charges so long after the event.

The tragedy is that the statute of limitations runs out on a host of other equally damaging offences a lot earlier.

 

Now for the other side of the equation, sexual abuse by a father is one of the worst breaches of fiduciary duty by a parent that one can imagine. Go back a few decades and it was a lot more rampant that it is now, its also viewed a lot more seriously than it was then and thats a sad fact that sexual abuse was not previously treated as seriously as it should

The problem is that women who are such victims, have lives of endless personality and mental health problems, it destroys lives not only of the women but also their husbands and partners. Many cannot have a functional relationship with a man again and many still become professional destroyers of men for no other reason than an inability to deal with past abuse, and as these women put it, the perpetrator failed to show any remorse which is what makes the abuse so damaging over such a long period of time and what drives some women to seek criminal charges many decades after the offences were committed.

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Commentary by the Ottawa Men's Centre (not published in the Globe and Mail)

When daughters come forward 60 years later, it raises a great deal of questions and generally speaking, its far too late to be considering criminal charges. "children can , I mean can have improper as well as proper motivations. Improper motivations can mean a Rasputin character in the background with a financial selfish or political interest in having women remember abuse from 50 years ago.

That alone raises very serious questions as to how and why the crown should decide to lay charges so long after the event.

The tragedy is that the statute of limitations runs out on a host of other equally damaging offences a lot earlier.

 

Now for the other side of the equation, sexual abuse by a father is one of the worst breaches of fiduciary duty by a parent that one can imagine. Go back a few decades and it was a lot more rampant that it is now, its also viewed a lot more seriously than it was then and thats a sad fact that sexual abuse was not previously treated as seriously as it should

The problem is that women who are such victims, have lives of endless personality and mental health problems, it destroys lives not only of the women but also their husbands and partners. Many cannot have a functional relationship with a man again and many still become professional destroyers of men for no other reason than an inability to deal with past abuse, and as these women put it, the perpetrator failed to show any remorse which is what makes the abuse so damaging over such a long period of time and what drives some women to seek criminal charges many decades after the offences were committed.

www.OttawaMensCentre.com

Note, the Globe closed this article to comments, the above commentary was NOT published.