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Societies Secrets: The Selfish Crime of Incest

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Societies Secrets: The Selfish Crime of Incest

Society has changed over the past century or two. Religion and morality, once rooted in society’s very essence, its reason to unite us all as members of a group living together with purpose and responsibility to each other have become lost to many of our neighbors. While the law stipulates what is permissible and what is not, much happens behind our closed doors, things that should horrify us.

Incest exists today as it has throughout history. Sexual relations with a blood relative. There are people who are trying to change the law, making incest not a crime but allowed within our society. Statistics tell us that this is a hidden crime, but non the less it is criminal, Immoral, and needs to be recognized and stopped. It is believed that the most common form of incest happens between older male relatives and younger children. I was molested when I visited my extended family in Hungary (aged 8 yrs. old). Assaulted twice by an uncle, I told adults of this occurrence only to be ignored and even punished for impugning the character of the said relative. PTSD is often a result of incest, along with other coping mechanisms, including self-injury. While the first thing someone can do for a victim of incest is to believe them, most often a person will not challenge the aggressor, but rather the victim.

Incest as a form of abuse can be challenging, as it differs from culture to culture. Perceptions of incest vary across societies, and actions to stop it depend on what location the victim is in. In western society, the incest taboo is and has been the most common of all cultural taboos. Incest can be sexual abuse such as intercourse, sexually inappropriate acts, or the abuse of power based on sexual activities. This form of abuse is very damaging to a child’s psyche and will result in prolonged post-traumatic stress disorder.

The results of this form of abuse can be self-injury, substance abuse, eating disorders, issues with disassociation, or perhaps promiscuity. U.K. Studies have shown that the ultimate sacrifice, suicide can and has resulted from this form of abuse. The child may grow to adulthood but finds their place within the family and society challenged, or they may feel dirty, and unworthy of assistance, perhaps protecting their family member from legal repercussions. The victim is mentally unable to find an avenue for their grief, fear, and disgust towards themselves or the aggressor. When a family member assaults a child in this fashion, they have a hold upon the victim, a secret that is presented to the victim as self-destructive in nature. “You tell someone, I will deny it, say you lying” and “who will they believe, me or you”? A child abused like this, will often grow to adulthood and the abuse may very well continue unstopped by the victimizer.

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Victims experience fear (they did something wrong), self-shame, and undue responsibility of perhaps disrupting the family should they announce this happening. Other family members can and do blame the victim as though the victim may have asked for it, similar to the trauma a rape victim experiences. Child sexual abuse impacts children more than AIDS, gun violence, and LGBTQ inequality combined, yet it is often publicly hidden, mentioned only when the Abortion issue is brought up as a reason for legalized abortions. Intentionally or not, children continue to protect adults who have claimed the child’s innocence, and probably changed their lives forever.

Incest makes people recoil, making them squirm uncomfortably. We are told by our public officials, church leaders, and moralists amongst us that incest is wrong, brutal, and manipulative, and should be stamped out. Then nothing is done. The religious and public authorities do not want to, or cannot enter our homes, our bedrooms, and our castles. They can only pontificate and teach the immorality of incest. Few are arrested and prisoned for this crime. The intentional manipulation, abuse, and sexual use of minors are often viewed as a mental health issue, with the attempt of public authorities to stay away from the uncomfortable legal avenues they have.

While society is shocked by the clergy abuse within organized religious organizations and what has happened to untold Aboriginal Children, the shock experienced does not follow the issues of incest. Why? It is easier to blame an organization that was once a bedrock of society like the Catholic Church, but entirely more difficult to accuse and bring to justice a family member. Whether unintentionally, unconsciously, collectively, or individually many of us are unwilling to accept and deal concretely with the depth and scope of incest within our society, community, or our very homes.

Incest is human evil, the manipulation and sexual use of an innocent, child. It is a mental health issue, but it is much more than that. It carries with it multiple rapes, assaults, and mental manipulation with a horrid human result in time. Incest is much like the murder of a child’s innocence, the child’s future potential. If I were to meet my uncle today, the man who sexually assaulted me, I fear bad things would happen. As a result of the two assaults, I became in time a man filled with rage, often not recognizing why. I believed the event had been hidden away in my memory. Like cancer, it leached into my subconscious only to result in violence perpetrated by me. The people who inflict their selfish wants and desires upon the innocence of this world must be punished, for desire is not a mental illness is it? And sexual desire unbridled by social conscience and morality is a serious crime.

What will you do about this issue? Allow it to hide within the shadows or fight the good fight? Should you witness such an event, or fear someone is being victimized contact someone with authority or call the Police, or Child Protective Services. It is your duty to do so.

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca

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Quebec coroner questions why witnesses failed to report drunk driver before crash

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A Quebec coroner is questioning why people who saw a drunk driver get behind the wheel failed to call authorities before he got into a crash that killed four members of a family north of Quebec City last year.

The report by coroner Donald Nicole says multiple witnesses saw Éric Légaré drinking at a bar all afternoon and subsequently driving erratically, but only one person called the police.

Evidence showed Légaré was driving at least 130 kilometres an hour in a 70 km/h zone when he crashed into another vehicle stopped at a red light, killing a man, his adult daughter and her two children.

In April, Légaré was sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges, including impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

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Blood sample analyses taken after the crash showed that Légaré’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit and he also had traces of cannabis in his blood.

The coroner says that through his discussions with alcohol awareness groups, he learned that very few people intervene when they witness a drunk driver get behind the wheel.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Dec. 7, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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Canada commits $800 million to support Indigenous-led conservation projects

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Ottawa will spend up to $800 million to support four major Indigenous-led conservation projects across the country covering nearly one million square kilometres of land and water, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday.

Trudeau made the announcement at the Biosphere environment museum in Montreal accompanied by Indigenous leaders and federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault as a UN meeting on global biodiversity, known as COP15, takes place in the city.

Trudeau said the four projects — which will be located in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, northern Ontario and Nunavut — will be developed in partnership with the communities in question.

“Each of these projects is different because each of these projects is being designed by communities, for communities,” he said.

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Chief Jackson Lafferty, of the Tlicho government in the Northwest Territories, said Indigenous groups have long been working to protect their lands and water but have lacked the resources and tools to fully do so.

Lafferty, who attended the announcement, called the funding “a significant step forward on a path to reconciliation across Canada.”

Among the projects to be funded is a marine conservation and sustainability initiative in the Great Bear Sea along British Columbia’s north coast, championed by 17 First Nations in the area.

Another project includes protection for boreal forests, rivers and lands across the Northwest Territories, spearheaded by 30 Indigenous governments.

Funds will also go to an Inuit-led project involving waters and land in Nunavut’s Qikiqtani region and to a project in western James Bay to protect the world’s third largest wetland, led by the Omushkego Cree in Ontario.

Trudeau told reporters that the exact details of the agreements have yet to be worked out — including which portions of the lands will be shielded from resource extraction.

The Indigenous partners, he said, will be able to decide which lands need to be completely protected and where there can be “responsible, targeted development.”

“We know we need jobs, we know we need protected areas, we know we need economic development,” he said. “And nobody knows that, and the importance of that balance, better than Indigenous communities themselves that have been left out of this equation, not just in Canada but around the world, for too long.”

Dallas Smith, president of Nanwakolas Council, said the B.C. funding to help protect the Great Bear Sea would allow Indigenous groups to build on previous agreements to protect the terrestrial lands of Great Bear Rainforest, which were announced about 15 years ago.

“I did media all over the world, and I got home and my elder said, ‘Don’t sprain your arm patting yourself on the back, because until you do the marine component, it doesn’t mean anything,'” he said.

Grand Chief Alison Linklater of the Mushkegowuk Council, which represents seven Cree communities in northern Ontario, said their traditional territory includes ancient peatlands that store “billions of tons” of carbon, as well as wetlands that are home to many migratory birds and fish, and 1,200 kilometres of coastline.

She said caring for the lands is one of her sacred duties as grand chief and one of the main concerns of the people she represents.

“Without our lands and waters we do not exist,” she told the news conference.

In a statement, the federal government said the program would employ a “unique funding model” bringing together government, Indigenous Peoples, philanthropic partners and other investors to secure long-term financing for community-led conservation projects.

The government did not specify how much of the funding would be allocated for each project.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2022.

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B.C. Premier David Eby unveils his new cabinet

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B.C. Premier David Eby to reveal new cabinet with health, safety, housing priorities

Here is a list of British Columbia Premier David Eby‘s ministers following his first major cabinet shuffle since taking over as leader:

Agriculture and Food — Pam Alexis (new to cabinet)

Attorney General — Niki Sharma (new to cabinet)

Children and Family Development — Mitzi Dean (unchanged)

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Citizens’ Services — Lisa Beare

Education and Child Care — Rachna Singh (new to cabinet)

Minister of state for child care — Grace Lore (new to cabinet)

Emergency Management and Climate Readiness — Bowinn Ma

Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation — Josie Osborne

Environment and Climate Change Strategy — George Heyman (unchanged)

Finance (includes Columbia River Treaty) — Katrine Conroy

Forests and minister responsible for consular corps. — Bruce Ralston

Health and minister responsible for Francophone affairs — Adrian Dix (unchanged)

Housing and government house leader — Ravi Kahlon

Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation — Murray Rankin

Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation — Brenda Bailey (new to cabinet)

Minister of state for trade — Jagrup Brar (new to cabinet)

Labour — Harry Bains (unchanged)

Mental Health and Addictions — Jennifer Whiteside

Municipal Affairs — Anne Kang

Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills (includes immigration/foreign credentials) — Selina Robinson

Minister of state for workforce development — Andrew Mercier (new to cabinet)

Public Safety and Solicitor General (ICBC) — Mike Farnworth (unchanged)

Social Development and Poverty Reduction — Sheila Malcolmson

Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport — Lana Popham

Transportation and Infrastructure (BC Transit and Translink) — Rob Fleming (unchanged)

Minister of state for infrastructure and transit — Dan Coulter (new to cabinet)

Water, Land and Resource Stewardship — Nathan Cullen

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2022

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