“A young man who was raped by his own father said he hopes his father will be haunted for the rest of his life.
“What kind of parent would do something so disgusting to his own child?” the young man said Wednesday in Saskatoon provincial court. “In my eyes, you’re a monster and I hope what you did haunts you to your grave.”
The 39-year-old father didn’t raise his son, but in September 2009, he was attempting to forge a relationship with him, court heard at his sentencing hearing. The father’s name is being withheld because of a publication ban protecting his son’s identity.
The two of them agreed to break into some cars to get some money. They used the $15 they stole to buy alcohol, then returned to the father’s home to drink. The son, who was 15 at the time, became highly intoxicated. He passed out a number of times and at one point, woke up to find his father, naked, on top of him. The boy was also naked, although he didn’t remember taking his clothes off.
The dad told the boy he was going to have sex with him and despite the boy’s protests, proceeded to do so.
Crown prosecutor Tamara Rock argued for a penitentiary term of three years, noting the father was in a position of trust.
“What’s highly disturbing to the Crown is that (the father) puts blame on the victim, saying he initiated this interaction,” Rock said. “It shows a serious lack of understanding … and judgment.”
What’s disturbing is the father is given only 3 1/2 years for the rape of his 15 year-old son. The people in the legal system, and the law-makers are the ones with the lack of understanding and judgement.
“Defence lawyer Linda Wood argued for a sentence of two years, followed by probation, noting the father has a history of mental health issues – including paranoid schizophrenia – and it’s important that he’s supervised in the community when he’s released.
The father immediately admitted his guilt when confronted by police after his son reported the incident and pleaded guilty in court, Wood said.
Judge Doug Agnew noted the starting point for sentences for serious sexual assaults in Saskatchewan is three years – and this assault was the “most invasive” type possible, in addition to the father abusing a position of trust.
He sentenced the father to 3½ years in prison, minus a credit of 50 days for remand time.
The father also must submit a sample of his DNA and must comply with the sex-offender registry for 20 years.”
As long as children are shown they are only worth 3 1/2 years, then rapists will keep on raping. Life in prison is what his father should serve. Life for a life, because unless this boy gets the best care, he will suffer for life in one form or another…especially when his father gets out and roams free to go about his day.
Thanks to Eileen for this story.