The volunteer EMT in New York, who was wearing headwear that's an important part of the Sikh faith, says the bar committed religious discrimination.
“I called my husband freaking out saying, ‘how is this possible? I don’t do drugs.”
A California mom explained she went into "Mama Bear mode" after her daughter revealed that the harassment had given her suicidal thoughts.
When it appeared as though authorities weren’t going to take action, a Canadian man removed the Nazi flag from the home and burned it in a live video streamed on Facebook.
A young Indigenous woman who once reported a sexual assault to B.C. police says she has been retraumatized after watching video of a lone male RCMP investigator ask if she was "turned on" by the attack.The 2012 video, released as part of disclosure in an ongoing civil suit, shows the woman, then 16 years old, sitting in a room in the Kelowna RCMP detachment with an officer as he asks if she's aware the alleged offender might have to go to jail."Were you at all turned on during this at all, even a little bit?" the officer asks."No," she replies."Physically at all, you weren't at all responsive to his advances, even maybe … subconsciously?" he asks."Maybe subconsciously, maybe. But no — not. I was really scared."The woman, now 24, made the video public after it was provided by her lawyers. She cannot be identified because she was a minor at the time and is also part of a civil suit against a former Kelowna social worker.'How could that be appropriate?'She said the alleged sexual assault and the RCMP interview left her shattered. Seeing the video has brought everything back."It's very horrifying, my mental health couldn't take it, so I ended up in the hospital so I could process it," she told CBC News."It's a ghost hanging over you all the time, and it's in your mindset for the rest of your life that you can no longer trust authority."Her lawyer, Michael Patterson, says the video speaks for itself. He says his client was a fragile youth in government care and was treated like a liar from the outset. She was in foster care at the time. The officer in the video makes clear that he wants to probe inconsistencies in her story and warns that he may ask some uncomfortable questions.But Patterson says the manner in which the interview was conducted is unacceptable."Regardless of the back story, regardless of what they think — someone complaining about sexual assault, do you ask them questions such as 'Were you turned on by this?' and 'Why did you not fight back?'" he said."In any universe whatsoever, how could that be appropriate?"'You didn't put up much of a fight'RCMP would not comment on the video itself, citing restrictions under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, an ongoing Criminal Code matter and civil litigation proceedings."However, we believe that the ongoing judicial processes may allow for a fulsome disclosure of all the 2012 investigative findings and actions for assessment," the RCMP said in a statement.The statement goes on to say a new, advanced course for sexual assault investigators is in the works, as is training around cultural competency and "trauma-informed investigations."The woman is one of nearly a dozen plaintiffs suing former Kelowna-based social worker Robert Riley Saunders for allegedly using his position to cut them off from family support and deprive them of funds.Several of the plaintiffs claim Saunders removed them from foster homes to set them up on their own, and then siphon off their government funds.Some claim they were sexually assaulted as a result of being left to fend for themselves or from being placed with unsuitable foster parents. The woman in this case told the RCMP she'd been assaulted by an acquaintance.'Absolutely abhorrent'The video was released after a B.C. Supreme Court judge ordered disclosure of material related to the sexual assault case.Patterson questions why no foster parent or social worker was with her when she was questioned."You didn't put up much of a fight, that's the concern I have," the officer in the video says."I didn't consent, though," she says."You're alleging something that could completely ruin someone's life, you understand that, right?" he responds. When the officer asks why she didn't say no during the assault, she says she froze.At one point, he asks what telling people will get her. She replies that she needs help to recover because she has previously been molested by her grandfather. The officer tells her that he heard about that and it is horrible."Nobody believed me then and nobody believes me now," she says."I have no reason to disbelieve what happened in your past, but I do have a lot of concerns about your story here," the officer says.After seeing a recording of the video on APTN, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer raised it in question period, asking Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale for an update."What was revealed in that video was absolutely abhorrent," Goodale responded."No survivor of sexual assault should ever fear that his or her case will not be taken seriously or that he or she will be re-victimized in the process."
“I called my husband freaking out saying, ‘how is this possible? I don’t do drugs.”
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The mother of a young Newfoundland girl who died last summer is furious her daughter's altered image was used online as part of an anti-vaccination campaign. The girl, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at an early age, was well known in Newfoundland and Labrador for starting a lemonade stand to raise money for children with cancer. "To say this has upset our family is an understatement," the girl's mother, Holly Denine, said in a text message Tuesday. "Nevaeh loved social media, interviews and talking about her lemonade stand.
The family of a black Ontario teen is suing a Toronto-area school board, alleging officials at his high school failed to properly investigate and prevent months of racist bullying and attacks by white students. In a statement of claim filed last week, the family says the teen, identified only as E.H., was the target of racist verbal and physical attacks as well as threats from September through last month. The family further alleges administrators responded by suspending the teen multiple times along with his harassers, who are not identified in the document.
(Warning: This post contains spoilers from season 8, episode 4 of “Game of Thrones”).Jessica Chastain had harsh criticism for “Game of Thrones” after the show’s most recent episode saw Sansa Stark, played by Chastain’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” co-star Sophie Turner, said her past trauma, including rape, was an important part of her personal development.The scene came mid-way through Sunday’s “The Last of the Starks,” when Sansa sits down to talk to Sandor Clegane — AKA The Hound — f0r the first time since they parted ways back in Season 2. At the time, Sansa was being held hostage by King Joffrey and Clegane offered to help her escape; unsure who to trust, she turned him down.Fans of the show know Sansa experienced a lot of horrors after that. Chief among them was her marriage to lord Ramsay Bolton who, in one of the show’s most divisive storylines, brutally tortured and raped her. She eventually escaped, reunited with Jon Snow, oversaw the cruel (but let’s face it, 100% justified) execution of Ramsay, and is now the Lady of Winterfell.Also Read: 'Game of Thrones': Grey Worm Actor Shares What He and Missandei Are Up to 'Somewhere in the Multiverse' (Video)Sansa and Clegane’s exchange in “The Last of the Starks” is brief, but significant. He tells her “you’ve changed, little bird,” which was the nickname he had for her back when she was a little girl being held hostage by King Joffrey. “Used to be you couldn’t look at me.”“That was a long time ago. I’ve seen much worse than you since then,” she replies.Clegane says “Yes, I’ve heard. I heard you were broken in. Broken in rough,” and then adds that “none of it would have happened if you’d left King’s Landing with me. No Littlefinger. No Ramsay. None of it.”At this point, Sansa tells him: “Without Littlefinger and Ramsay and the rest, I would have stayed a little bird all my life.”That last bit is what angered Chastain. “Rape is not a tool to make a character stronger. A woman doesn’t need to be victimized in order to become a butterfly. The little bird was always a Phoenix. Her prevailing strength is solely because of her. And her alone,” she tweeted.Rape is not a tool to make a character stronger. A woman doesn’t need to be victimized in order to become a butterfly. The littlebird was always a Phoenix. Her prevailing strength is solely because of her. And her alone.GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/TVIyt8LYxI— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) May 7, 2019Read original story Jessica Chastain Calls Out ‘Game of Thrones’ for Depicting Sansa’s Rape as Character Development At TheWrap
Baywatch actor Pamela Anderson has once again handed her support to Julian Assange, who she has called the "world's most innocent man" in the wake of his imprisonment.
A Calgary-area mother who spoke out to CBC News over concerns about a large combined Grade 2 class at Red Deer Lake School has been handed a cease-and-desist letter by a law firm on behalf of the school board. The letter — served on behalf of the Foothills School Division — was written by Brownlee LLP, a large Edmonton law firm, and penned two days after CBC's original story was published. "It's an example of trying to squash a fly with a sledgehammer," said Gillian Colborne, one of the mothers who spoke to CBC News after pulling her son from the class over concerns he was struggling in a large room with 47 kids and two teachers.
One student spoke up for her graduating class when the school tried to prohibit girls from wearing pants to graduation.