From: Policy Action Research List/Liste politique action recherche
[mailto:PAR-L@LISTSERV.UNB.CA] On Behalf Of martin dufresne
Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2009 11:00 AM
Subject: [PAR-L] Just what is going on at rabble.ca?
Yesterday, a woman posted on the feminism forum of the
http://rabble.ca/babble website a reminder of Canadian legislation in regard
to child abuse reporting.
She was responding to two accounts of 12-yr old girls being prostituted, one
of them from the age of 9, the other 10, and described by frequent poster
Susan Davis as a < sex worker >!
“Infosaturated” wrote :
Every single adult who knows this is happening to a child and doesn’t report
it shares the guilt for what is happening to her from that day forward.
In Canada, if someone knows of or suspects that a child is being abused,
that person has a legal obligation to report the known or suspected abuse.
Failure to report can result in charges being laid, as well as a fine of up
All of us must take responsibility when we suspect abuse is taking place,
not only from a legal standpoint, but from moral and ethical obligations as
Do you find this appeal to our collective responsibility excessive?
Well, they were painted as a personal attack.
“Infosaturated” – a survivor of incest, rape, and prostitution – was
repeatedly insulted (“you suck”) and baited by Susan Davis, promoter of
decriminalized brothels in Canada, and then she, not Davis, was suspended
without explanation from the feminism forum by Rabble’s paid “moderator”
Michelle, who cut short the thread, making any response to her decision
I suggest you read this incredible exchange for yourself (while it is still
I realize that some people are deeply committed to a full decriminalization
of brothels, pimps and johns, but is a sad day indeed on any feminist forum
when a survivor of prostitution and incest can be treated in this manner for
reminding us of our responsibility to try and protect children from the sex
Questions can be addressed to Rabble’s current owner:
Suite 400, 215 Spadina Avenue
rabble.ca was launched in 2001 with the help of the following founding folk
The Atkinson Foundation
Maxine Rosa Baines
Dr. Elaine Bernard
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
Martha and George Butterfield
Canadian Auto Workers
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Cecil Ross Foundation, Ontario
Centre for Media Alternatives – Quebec 2001 Centre for Social Justice
Chinese Canadian National Council Common Front Against the WTO Cool Women
Council of Canadians Ann Curry-Stevens Dr. Margrit Eichler Ruby & Edwardh
Doris & Al Jantzi David Langille Dr. Neil & Marilyn McLeod Barry McPeake
Rick Mercer Rona Moreau Dr. Henry Morgentaler Winnie Ng
PAR-L: Policy, Action, Research
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Alvin & Glenna Rebick
Mark & Tonya Surman
David Suzuki & Tara Cullis
and several anonymous donors
I sure hope that some of them share our concern.