I know I should be posting about the federal budget, or Obama, or something relating to politics... But politics seem so trivial and unimportant in relation to the abuse of children and the way our courts abandon the victims.
It apparently seems that preposterous sentences for child molesters is on the rise in this country because today my local paper The Gazette reported the story of 93 year old Philippe Hamelin who was found guilty of abusing his "two daughters, Marcelle and Michèle, both physically and sexually in "the most serious way a father could abuse his children" from the time they were 5 until they were teenagers."
Because of his age and health condition he was sentenced to just over two years to be served in a nursing home. Throughout the trial the child molester showed no remorse according to the judge. The only time he admitted to anything was when he said something along the lines of if he was guilty of anything it was fathering his two daughters.
I think that this again just goes to show that we have some serious issues with the courts in this country. Were he younger he'd have been sentenced to 7 years, which I still find way too lenient, for having abused his two daughters "in the most serious way a father could abuse his children".
The moral if this story? If you were abused, touched or assaulted don't wait before reporting it. Report it now. Here's some resources to help you out:
PDF document with a list of phone numbers and address in Montreal.