Letters to the
2nd April 2009
Support men who are battered
I read with
interest recently two stories about the sentencing of females, one in The Sault
Star, the other in a sister paper, the
Kudos to the
police in the Sault for charging Janet Laforge with mischief for making false
allegations and getting a conviction registered. This seldom occurs when a
female makes false allegations against a partner in
It is very common
and in family court under family law it is unhealthily widespread and works
against the father in custody disputes.
The woman in this
case was troubled with mental health issues, which more often than not go
unnoticed or are ignored as the judge will say "no proof."
Not until serious
damage is done and becomes a criminal matter will they act, in most cases, in
The woman in this
case got a discounted sentence given her overall behaviour, so those of us who
have been falsely accused but are victims of domestic violence and abuse hope
the rehabilitation approach works for her.
The other story
involves a domestic violence case in
Julie Starr got 6
1/2 months already served in pre-trial custody (no doubt in a two-for-one
format) for killing her partner, whom she punched several times, knocked down
and broke his nose after he accused her of cheating on him.
While he was on the ground, she punch him. He was hospitalized and died five days later.
cause of death was reported.
This won't show
up as a domestic violence incident, therefore StatsCan will not include it as
such, which happens all too often with female-on-male violence.
violence is pretty much equal between genders, but those reported to the police
show female victims as far greater due to men only reporting about 10 per cent
of the time.
is a serious issue, but it is almost equal between the sexes and both genders
I may launch a
human rights complaint with respect to the treatment of men as no facilities or
tax-supported services are available for battered men in this community and
indeed in most every city in
There are more
than 550 tax-supported domestic violence shelters for females across the
Sault Saint Marie