Trying not to scream about this article in the Toronto Star, “Child Abduction and Murder Paint a Chilling New Portrait.” As reader Frankie wrote:
Just the WORST kind of scaremongering!! They use these huge scary numbers but the bottom line is that in all of Canada, coast to coast, there have been an average of THREE kidnappings a year over the past 50 years. THREE. Seems they had to go back 50 years to get enough data to even do a statistical analysis. More pedestrians were killed just in Toronto last month alone. This piece makes me so angry!
While you’re reading the piece, keep asking yourself: Who benefits from a study like this? (Boldface, mine.)
Child abduction and murder data paint chilling new portrait
by Robert Cribb
One hundred and fifty-five children have been abducted and murdered in Canada since 1970, most of them young girls snatched near their homes and killed within a few hours by predators with criminal records, according to a survey by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
The findings, which reveal an unprecedented look at child abduction and murder in Canada, are based on public records, court decisions and media reports on cases dating back nearly 50 years.
The study excludes cases where the person responsible (or believed to be responsible) was a parent of the child or close relative.
Of course! Why study the far more common scenario and possibly come up with a way to save MORE kids, when a more exciting scenario beckons?
These cases involve strangers or acquaintances who target children as young as 2, plan an approach, abduct and kill them, according to the preliminary study, obtained exclusively by the Toronto Star. The full study is to be released later this year.
“We were inspired to do this difficult analysis with the idea that what one single child’s story may not be able say, the collective voice of many, could,” says Lianna McDonald, executive director of the Winnipeg-based Centre for Child Protection. “Something that was very impactful was the heinous nature of the crimes committed against the children.
“The degree of violence and brutality is horrifying.”
This data question how well children are protected by Canada’s justice system.
No they don’t. Canada is #8 in a list of Ssafest Places to Live in the world.
Fifty-five per cent of offenders had a prior criminal record and 29 per cent of those were convicted of a prior violent or sexual offence against a child.
Lesley Parrott’s daughter, Alison, was abducted and murdered in Toronto in 1986.
Alison was 11 and lured to Varsity Stadium for a photo shoot. Her body was found two days later near the Humber River.
Francis Carl Roy, who was convicted of Alison’s murder, had been on parole for raping two teenage girls.
“I do think there is real opportunity here for good impact on policies and understanding on the part of families, educators, police, parole boards and judges,” says Parrott. “The things that jump out at me is the parole situation, the luring was there, the murder happening within hours. All the way through there are things that speak to our situation.”
The situation being what? Unstated. Just gobbledygook.
Roy remains in prison.
Here is a partial story — by the numbers — of what the study reveals:
Who are the offenders?
- 92 per cent of Canada’s child murderers are men.
- 68 per cent of them are Caucasian in their 20s (the average age is 26 with nearly a quarter under the age of 18).
- 55 per cent of offenders had a criminal record when the offence was committed. At least 33 per cent of those had committed a violent or sexual offence against a child.
- 22 per cent of the offenders were either on parole, probation or out on bail.