...I am now. Graham James, the animal who got away with assaulting god knows how many young boys over the years has been sentenced to two years in jail for his assaults on hockey players Todd Holt and Theo Fleury. This was his third conviction; he served time for assaulting Sheldon Kennedy, another hockey player. And his first conviction was all the way back in 1971.
Oh, and while I'm here: rape is rape. Sexual assault now encompasses the whole kit of sexual crimes, but let's be clear: someone touching my breast without my permission is different from someone raping me. Both are unwelcome; but they are different. Why soften the wording when the act remains just as heinous?
We don't value our kids too much, do we? This monster James has been preying on kids for decades, but the system still lets him out. Oh, actually, we do better than that: this criminal received a pardon from the Canadian government, which left him free to travel to Europe and the States to work with...more hockey players. Really? This trail of destruction and he's being sentenced to two years? Isn't this Dangerous Offender territory?
And let's not be led astray by the thought that he has had just four victims. Read this from one of his 'alleged' earliest victims. I have to put that in quotes because when you have so many charges to pick from, you finally have to settle on a couple to streamline the process. My heart goes out to you, Mr. Gilhooly. I can't imagine the demons you face down.
Who was in charge of that pardon, you might ask? Vic Toews. Guess he was busy with his crazy secret double life and let this one get away from him. Hey, Conservatives - you've voted yourselves the ability to now build a whole bunch of new prisons. How about you actually keep a criminal like James in one of them, instead of paroling him and then pardoning him?
Your tax dollars, hard at work.
*Edit: Read this statement that Todd Holt made at the sentencing. It made me cry.