Bountiful Parents Get Jail Time. On Sex Offenders Registry

On August 11 the Bountiful, BC parents who trafficked their 13-year-old daughter across the border for sex with the 49-year-old leader of their Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sect, Warren Jeffs— under the guise of becoming one of his 80+ wives—were sentenced.

The child’s mother was sentenced to seven months in jail and 18 months’ probation and the child’s father, was sentenced to 12 months in jail and 18 months’ probation. Both much provide DNA samples, will be placed on the sex offender registry for 10 years and must comply with a long list of conditions.

I attended the August, 13 meeting of the BC Humanist Association and listened to a moving speech by Daphne Bramham of the Vancouver Sun, who was present in the Cranbrook Courtroom for the sentencing. Click on this link to listen to her speech.

Children the Victims of Polygamists’ Crimes

My Letter to the Editor, Published in Vancouver Sun Letters to the Editor, August 7, 2017

Re: Polygamists Relish Role as Martyrs, Daphne Bramham column, July 31

I appreciate The Vancouver Sun, and writer Daphne Bramham, continuing to give coverage to a practice that has existed in the community of Bountiful for decades: the rape of underage girls, with those committing these sexual crimes against children never facing prosecution.

The young girls of Bountiful — Canadian citizens entitled to protection under our laws that govern abuse of children — are being handed over by their parents to be raped and impregnated while their rapists claim freedom from prosecution for their atrocities, proudly declaring that they are being true to their religious beliefs. And that they have the right to rape under our country’s laws. What about the rights of the children they are sexually exploiting?

Polygamy in Bountiful is not about educated, independent adults, able to mutually give informed consent, choosing who they share their life with and how. A previous writer mentioned the affidavit filed in B.C. Supreme Court on June 30, 2009, by Const. Shelley Livingstone stating the RCMP had DNA and birth certificate proof that Winston Blackmore had impregnated nine (since raised to 10) underage girls, and recommended charges be laid. None were.

Does this make you proud to be Canadian?

Canada’s “Right to Rape” Law

    Did You Know? Canada has a Right to Rape Law that the polygamists of Bountiful, BC have sheltered under for decades. Its known to those outside the FLDS community as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 
    This Right to Rape Law has allowed polygamist Winston Blackmore to rape and impregnate ten underage girls—children—with no criminal charges laid against him despite irrefutable DNA and birth certificate evidence as set out in the Affidavit RCMP Constable Shelly Livingstone filed in 2009 in BC Supreme Court.

 
    Blackmore is only one of the men in the FLDS community of Bountiful enjoying the benefit of this Right to Rape Law. Our tax payer dollars support this Law which, so far, has trumped all Canadian child protection laws in place to protect the vulnerable victims whose rights are not recognized under this Law.