Toronto Woman Sexually Assaulted in Cemetery



By: ELAD BENARI  
Published: July 13th 2010
in News » Local

Pine Hills Cemetery in Toronto
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The Toronto Police Service is searching for suspects after a 61 year-old woman was sexually assaulted and beaten in a Toronto cemetery on Monday.

 

According to a statement released by the police, the incident occurred on Monday, July 12, sometime after 5 p.m., as the woman was walking on the paved path of Pine Hills Cemetery in the Kennedy Rd. and St. Clair Ave. E. area. A man approached the woman, dragged her off the main path and sexually assaulted her. She was discovered only several hours later and was admitted to hospital with injuries.

 

Police are now seeking a man who is described as white, 30 – 40, 5’6", skinny build, clean shaven with long hair, worn in a ponytail.

 

Sexual crimes are not uncommon in Canada. In 1993 statistics showed that 51% of all Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of sexual or physical violence. Close to 60% of them survived more than one incident of violence.

 

According to 2000 statistics, in 2000 women made up 86 percent of victims of sexual assault. 80 percent of sexual assaults occur at home and 49 percent occur in broad daylight.

 

In 2003, Statistics Canada released numbers which show that 80 percent of sexual assault survivors knew their abusers. About 10 percent were assaulted by a friend and 41 percent were assaulted by an acquaintance. 28 percent were assaulted by a family member, and 20 percent were assaulted by a stranger.

 

Last April the Ontario Superior Court sentenced a 30 year-old man to life imprisonment for breaking into an elderly woman’s west Toronto apartment and raping her in 2005 when she 76 years old. Despite the fact that the convicted man was a first time offender, the judge imposed a harsh sentence on him, calling the crime “bizarre,” “shocking,” and “chilling.”

 

Anyone with information on Monday’s incident is asked to contact police at 416−808−7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).



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