Abuse by Teachers & Other Professionals
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse by a teacher, doctor, coach or another figure of authority and trust, your life has probably been affected in many ways. Almost everything about you may have suffered—your education, your relationships, and your career may have all been hurt by your past abuse.
Your teacher or coach is a figure of trust and authority, and when that trust is destroyed, you may feel helpless. Survivors of teacher child abuse or coach sexual abuse often live their whole lives not understanding where the pain comes from; why they haven't accomplished much with their lives; why they keep turning to drugs or alcohol. Many people come to a realization, often well into adulthood, that the pain they've had their whole lives is rooted in sexual abuse by a coach or teacher in the past.
Perhaps you didn’t even realize it was an abusive situation until long after the sex abuse ended. According to the Criminal Code of Canada, sexual exploitation charges apply even if victims are over the age of consent, in cases where the perpetrator is “in a position of trust or authority … or is a person with whom the young person is in a relationship of dependency.”
Sometimes, exploring the possibility of taking action against the abuser(s) is an important part of the healing process. Whether or not you ultimately decide to sue the perpetrator(s) is your choice. We help give you the information you need to make the choice that's right for you.
If you were sexually abused by a coach or teacher, you may have a claim against the person who assaulted you, or against other people who can be found responsible. Our sexual assault team in Toronto can help you. Contact us today.
June 26, 2014
Scott Stanley, a former Scouts Canada leader in Ottawa, has admitted in court to luring four boys with sexually explicit texts and repeatedly molesting them.
May 6, 2014
A former minor hockey coach and Big Brother volunteer has been charged in connection to a sexual assault investigation dating back to the 1990s.
April 14, 2014
City News Toronto
Convicted Maple Leaf Gardens child molester Gordon Stuckless is planning to plead guilty to 103 new charges next week, his lawyer tells CityNews.
March 25, 2014
A former Oshawa Scout leader who pleaded guilty to molesting nine boys decades ago has been sentenced to a term of house arrest, a punishment dismissed by one victim Friday as “not enough.”
January 20, 2014
CALGARY — Conservative MP Rob Anders is trying to put the word “rape” back into the Criminal Code, seeking to end the ambiguity that some feminists agree is minimizing the severity of sexual assault in the public’s perception.
November 15, 2013
GATINEAU, Que. – A military judge has rendered a guilty verdict in the sex assault court martial of a former Canadian Forces medic on more than two dozen charges.
July 29, 2013
A 30-year-old former City of Ottawa lifeguard, Scouts Canada volunteer and swim coach facing 18 sexual assault-related charges has been released on bail, with strict conditions.
June 24, 2013
TORONTO, Ont. – Police have laid new charges against a teacher from Forest Hill Collegiate, already charged with sexual assault, following an additional victim coming forward.
May 14, 2013
Today there are “several” known victims. But as investigators dive deeper into the allegations surrounding long-time minor sports volunteer Alex Brunton, police say there’s a growing concern there could be hundreds of victims.
April 12, 2013
TORONTO - Former hockey coach and Scouts Canada assistant Michael Dimmick fondled and performed oral sex on a young player and then molested his younger brother, the alleged victim told court Friday.
November 17, 2012
Nearly 10 years ago The Awareness Center sent out notices looking for survivors of both Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum and a dentist named Harvey Erlich, yet never heard anything back.
September 20, 2012
Kevin Michael Hicks was a well-liked and highly respected figure skating coach, known for his artistry and ability to bring people together for a good cause.
June 19, 2012
TORONTO - Toronto Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a sexual assault case in which one child was allegedly abused more than 30 years ago. Police said the suspect worked as a volunteer from 1980 to 1983 with a number of unidentified Toronto children’s organizations as a mentor when a 12-year-old boy was sexually assaulted.
March 11, 2012
Another former Scouts Canada leader is facing charges after a Toronto man came forward alleging sexual abuse he says happened more than 37 years ago. Allan Howe, 51, says he was happy and excited when he joined the scouts at age 13.
December 09, 2011
Scouts Canada issues apology to victims of abuse
In a solemn six-minute video posted online Thursday, Scouts Canada offered a public apology to all former members who may have “suffered harm” at the hands of volunteer leaders in the past and announced a third-party review of its records relating to abuse.
“Our sincere efforts to prevent such crimes have not always succeeded. We are sorry for that,” chief commissioner Steve Kent said in the video posted on YouTube. “We are saddened at any resulting harm. Our most profound sympathies extend to all victims and to their families.”
Kentʼs words came weeks after a report on CBCʼs Fifth Estate alleged Scouts Canada maintained a list of suspected pedophiles dating back at least to the mid-1980s and did not share it with authorities. Scouts Canada repeatedly denied the allegation, saying any information on suspected pedophiles was shared with police.
October 21, 2011
Sexual Predator, Richard Turley – Boy Scouts Leader across the Canada & the United States
Richard Turley, a Boy Scout leader who molested at least eight scouts throughout the 1970’s and 80’s across California and British Columbia, wasn’t sentenced to jail until 1988 for sexually assaulting a child at a swimming pool. He spent 30 days in jail and was banned from associations dealing with youths such as Scouts, YMCA and Little League. The police finally started a large-scale investigation into Turley in 1995.
October 01, 2011
Predator teachers: Students ruined by teacher sex assaults
Predator teachers have left a trail of wounded students across Ontario. Teachers, mostly male but some female, have sexually abused young people. Broken lives are the result. A Toronto Star investigation has found this is a serious problem that nobody - not the teacher watchdog, school boards or teachers' unions - has been able to curb.
June 3, 2010
Chi Cuong Hang – North York Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault
North York middle school teacher, Chi Cuong Hang, has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference following allegations involving a 12-year-old student.
Hang teaches grade 7 at Don Mills Middle School in Toronto. He was arrested on June 3 on charges stemming from two incidents in April and May, when the victim was at school and under Hang’s supervision.
June 2, 2010
Stewart Adams – Toronto Teacher Charged with Making Child Pornography
Toronto elementary teacher, Stewart Adams, was arrested on June 1 at Kingsview Village Junior School. Adams is charged with possessing child pornography, making child pornography, making available child pornography and accessing child pornography. The charges come after an undercover police sting that found the explicit images of boys ranging from five to 12 years of age. Adams has been at the school for 11 years and has also worked at Park Lawn Junior Middle School, Wellesworth Junior School and Lanor Junior Middle School in Toronto.
If you have a complaint against Stewart Adams, please contact us. We can help.
May 31, 2010
Constable Justin Maguire – Port Credit OPP officer charged with sexual assault
OPP Constable Justin Maguire is charged with Sexual Assault. The Port Credit police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman on December 21, 2009 after she was stopped for driving infractions. During her interaction with the officer, the woman alleged she was sexually abused. Constable Maguire is scheduled to appear in court, June 28, 2010.
If you have a complaint against Constable Maguire, or have survived sexual abuse by a member of the police, please contact us. We can help.
May 7, 2010
Jonathan Summerhayes – Five Charges Against Swim Coach
Jonathan Summerhayes, a Toronto District School Board swim coach has been charged with five sex-related offences in connection with a 12-year-old boy. Toronto Police allege that the youth was sexually assaulted at Carlton Village Public School in April 2009. The charges laid against Summerhayes include sexual assault, sexual exploitation and sexual interference. The accused has been a swim coach in Toronto since 1995 and is currently a coach at Allenby Junior Public School.
Police believe there may be other victims. If you have a complaint against Jonathan Summerhayes, please contact us. We can help.
April 28, 2010
Timothy Dingwall – Teacher Charged with sexual exploitation
The Toronto Star reported that Timothy Dingwall, a teacher at Harbord Collegiate Institute in Toronto, has been charged with sexual exploitation after allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Dingwall was removed from the school “sometime last week” and placed on home assignment, said a spokeswoman for the Toronto District School Board. She added that, “Until someone is found guilty of charges we wouldn’t make a decision of that person’s employment.”
Toronto Police Constable Isabelle Cotton said Mr. Dingwall is out of custody and will appear in court June 10.
If you have a complaint against Timothy Dingwall, or have survived sexual abuse by a teacher, contact us. We can help.
April 04, 2010
Robert Bridgeman of Pickering Arrested
Police arrested Ontario sex offender, Robert Bridgeman of Pickering, in Niagara Falls on Saturday. Bridgeman is charged with luring a child and sexual interference. Bridgeman worked as a teacher and football coach at high schools in London and Pickering before he was arrested and charged with sex crimes in 2002. Based on the testimonies of previous sexual assault victims, Bridgeman was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in jail for sexual abuse. Bridgeman remains in custody until a Wednesday bail hearing.
If you have a complaint against Robert Bridgeman or are a victim of child sexual abuse in Ontario, please contact us. We can help.
March 26, 2010
Jeff Joseph, London ON Teacher Charged
Jeff Joseph, a London, Ontario early childhood educator, faces child sexual assault charges involving more than one child at a daycare where he worked. Charges also included sexual interference and production of child pornography. Joseph has previously been charged with possession of child porn in London, Ontario. According to police, the new charges are in relation to events that occurred last April and May, when Joseph worked at Wellington Preschool Centre in London, Ontario.
If you have a complaint about Jeff Joseph or child pornography in London, Ontario, please contact us – we can help.
March 12, 2010
North York General Hospital anesthetist, Dr. George Doodnaught, has been charged with three cases of sexual assault. Dr. Doodnaught allegedly sexually assaulted patients during surgery while they were under anesthetic. Police are urging any other North York Hospital sexual assault victims to step forward to assist in the investigation regarding these sexual attacks. Dr. Doodnaught appeared in court on March 10, 2010, and was granted bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 1, 2010.
If you have a complaint about North York General Hospital’s Dr. George Doodnaught, please contact us - we can help.
February 17, 2010
Former Canadian Forces head chaplain, Roger Bazin has been charged with buggery, sexual assault and gross indecency. The charges relate to an alleged 1972 sexual attack against a young man. The Roman Catholic chaplain was a young man in the early stages of his career at CFB Borden when the incident is alleged to have occurred at the base. Bazin also served as a representative of the Diocese of Thunder Bay after he left the Forces in 1995.
If you have a complaint against Roger Bazin or have survived sexual assault by a clergy member, contact us. We can help.