Media circus descends on sleepy town Joliette, Que.
Katherine Wilton, CanWest News Service, Thursday, June 2, 2005
JOLIETTE, Que. - As a courthouse clerk, Annie Gallant normally spends her days sifting through divorce papers.
But those duties were shelved yesterday as Ms. Gallant was instructed to give courthouse tours to dozens of journalists who have descended on this sleepy town in anticipation of Karla Homolka's first courtroom appearance in 10 years.
"This is a lot of fun," said Ms. Gallant, who admits to being caught up in the Karla-mania that is sweeping through Joliette. "We are all talking about her at work. Everyone knows what she did."
For the next 24 hours, this small town on the banks of the Assomption River will become the media capital of Canada, as dozens of reporters and camera people from across Quebec and Ontario invade the town to cover a special court hearing for the woman who has committed some of the most heinous crimes in Canadian history.
"It is unbelievable -- people are coming from everywhere --Toronto, Ottawa and all over Quebec," said Constable Benoit Richard of the Joliette police. "There are so many people, we had to close the street. My job is to protect my citizens."
As satellite trucks took up prime positions outside the courthouse, courtroom employees shook their heads in disbelief at the circus that was unfolding in their town, 70 kilometres northeast of Montreal.
Inside the courthouse, staff were working flat-out to make sure they were ready for the media onslaught.
Down one hallway, employees were erecting two large screens and a closed-circuit camera so the hearing can be transmitted live to two other courtrooms that can hold another 200 people.
Courthouse officials have recruited several bilingual employees who will be able to direct English-speaking journalists to the right courtroom.
"We know this is a huge case and we want to provide the best service possible," said Pierre-Bernard Raymond, the acting regional director of judicial services in the Lanaudiere region.
Mr. Raymond said camera people and photographers will be kept at least 20 metres from the courtroom to prevent them from trying to film Homolka through the small window in the courtroom door.
"We want to maintain order," he said.
Homolka, 35, is serving the last few weeks of a 12-year plea bargain sentence for her role in the sex killings of two Ontario schoolgirls.
Her former husband, Paul Bernardo, was convicted of first-degree murder in the killings of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy and has been declared a dangerous offender.
Fearing that Homolka is still a threat to the public, the Ontario government will ask a Quebec Court judge today to impose restrictions on Homolka's movements when she is released from the Joliette prison for women. Her sentence officially ends on July 5 but she may be released several days earlier.
A woman who lives in an apartment building overlooking the prison yard was letting a steady stream of photographers on to her sixth-floor balcony yesterday to try to capture a picture of Homolka.
"I have had five people show up today," said the woman, who declined to give her name.
Sometime early this morning, Homolka will leave the maximum security wing, step into a prison van and make the two-kilometre drive to the courthouse.
If she peers out the window, she will face a phalanx of camera people and photographers desperate to get a recent picture of Canada's most notorious female prisoner.
The public's ongoing revulsion toward Homolka stems from the widely held belief that she failed to disclose her true role in the girls' killings and she has not been adequately punished for her crimes.
"I don't think she should be getting out of prison," said Joliette resident Micheline Maheu. "From what I hear, she is not rehabilitated. I certainly wouldn't want her living anywhere near me."
National Post 2005
VANCOUVER - Canada's largest study into the sexual exploitation of street kids and runaways has shattered some myths about who the abusers might be - with the most surprising finding being that many are women seeking sex with young males.
"Some youth in each gender were exploited by women with more than three out of four (79 per cent) sexually exploited males reporting exchanging sex for money or goods with a female," said Elizabeth Saewyc, associate professor of nursing at the University of British Columbia and principal investigator for the study conducted by Vancouver's McCreary Centre Society.
"I must admit it wasn't something we were expecting."
Associate Press, U.S.A.
April 3, 2009
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania mother has been charged with giving her 13-year-old daughter drugs and alcohol so the woman's boyfriend could impregnate the girl without her knowing, police said Thursday.
Shana Brown, 32, is no longer able to have children but wanted to have a baby with her current boyfriend, Duane Calloway, said Uniontown Police Detective Donald Gmitter. The pair decided to drug the girl so Calloway, 40, could have sex with her, he added.
"There's some sick people on this case," Gmitter said.
Brown has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, turned herself in Thursday and was being held in the Fayette County jail, police said. Brown's attorney did not return a call for comment.
Calloway faces several counts of attempted rape. He was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
The three attacks occurred in Brown's home in Uniontown, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, according to the criminal complaint.
The Oprah Winfrey Show
This woman raped or sexually assaulted over 100 children by her own account.
Because we assume women never commit child sexual abuse, we treat one who is accused with disproportionate disgust
The Guardian, UK
June 11, 2009
About 20 years ago, I gave a talk about sexual abuse to the RAF. At the end, a young airman came up to me and said, "It's not just men, you know," before hurriedly walking away. That pulled me up sharp. Up till then, like most people working in the area of sexual abuse, I'd always assumed the abusers were men.
This just isn't so. We can't be sure of the precise prevalence of sexual abuse by women, as there hasn't been enough research into the subject. Academics have just assumed it doesn't happened. But conservative estimates suggest that 5% of girls and 20% of boys who have reported being abused have been abused by women. From my own research - I have had 800 cases reported to me - I believe the more likely figure is that it is 20% of all sexual abuse that is done by women.
It is women themselves who have done most to propagate this conspiracy of silence. It has almost become a feminist axiom that it is men who are to blame for abuse and that if women are in some way implicated, it is only because they have somehow been forced or controlled into doing so against their will. Again, this turns out to be completely incorrect: 75% of the cases reported to me involved women acting on their own. Read More ..
Lesbian Pedophilia and the rape of girls
Don't attend performances.
Had intercourse with 2 teenagers
Pleads guilty to incest charges
A Kitchener woman has pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with her two teenage sons on separate occasions.
Mainichi Daily News, Sakai, Osaka, Japan, November 26, 2006
SAKAI, Osaka -- A woman accused of cutting off her newborn son's private parts in 2004 was ordered Monday to spend five years behind bars.
The Sakai branch of the Osaka District Court convicted Shizue Tamura, 27, a resident of Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, of inflicting bodily injury.
"The way she committed the crime was unprecedented, inhumane and cruel," Presiding Judge Masahiro Hosoi said as he handed down the ruling. Prosecutors had demanded an eight-year prison term. Read More ..
After Plymouth case shocked the nation, police say number of women abusing children
The Guardian UK and The Observer
4 October 2009
Researchers from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF), a child protection charity that deals with British female sex offenders, said its studies confirmed that a "fair proportion" of child abusers were women. Donald Findlater, director of research and development, said results indicated that up to 20% of a conservative estimate of 320,000 suspected UK paedophiles were women.
Associated Press / Fox News
MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A 35-year-old seventh-grade teacher was charged with having sex with one of her students at least 20 times at the teacher's home.
Jodi Thorp, 35, surrendered to authorities Monday on charges of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors claim she had sex with the boy at her Mendham home between June 2001 and September 2002. The boy is now 15.