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Canadian skating coach Richard Gauthier given 12 months for sexual assault

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Monday saw the 12-month jail sentence of a well-known pairs skating coach from Canada for gross indecency and sexual assault against a juvenile athlete in the 1980s.

Court in Quebec A Montreal court was informed by Judge Josee Belanger that Richard Gauthier should receive a severe punishment because of the victim’s age, as well as Gauthier’s position of authority and trust over him.

“Because children are so vulnerable, the fact that the victim was a child increases the offender’s degree of responsibility,” the speaker stated.

In January, Gauthier, 61, was convicted on two counts pertaining to the male skater who was 14 or 15 years old at the time of the offenses, which occurred in 1984 or 1985. A publication ban prevents him from revealing the identity of the victim, who was found not guilty of a third charge of indecent assault.

In court, Gauthier was charged with bathing, showering, and spooning the victim while they were both naked in the accused’s bedroom.

More than thirty years were dedicated to Gauthier’s instruction of elite couples skaters. Despite being kicked out of Skate Canada after his conviction, he was honored as a coach into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2015.

In court, a number of well-known skaters gave testimony in support of Gauthier. Even though they are sincere, Belanger’s verdict on Monday stated that those remarks “illustrate well in what measure sexual violence toward children can be invisible in the eyes of society.”

Belanger observed that the victim had “idolized” his coach and had given a powerful account of the attacks’ long-term effects, which included sadness, difficulties in forming close connections, and difficulty falling asleep.

When the sentence was read in court, the victim, who was present, sobbed. At the conclusion of the session, he turned to watch as Gauthier was handcuffed and brought into custody.

The victim told reporters following the sentencing that while he battled the fallout from the attack, Gauthier was able to enjoy 40 years of success as a renowned coach of Olympians and world-class athletes.

“I didn’t get to enjoy this beautiful life, while he did,” he remarked. “I experienced what I experienced, and that will never change, regardless of the outcome.”

The victim, however, stated that coming forward was the “best decision I’ve ever made.” He also expressed the hope that by sharing his story, others will be motivated to come forward sooner rather than later in order to receive assistance and healing more swiftly.

Additionally, speaking up “makes people talk.” It encourages others to keep coming forward,” he remarked, adding that witnessing other victims speak up has inspired him to do the same.

“Judgment error,” Gauthier remarks.

Belanger claimed that Gauthier’s request for a suspended sentence—a jail term that could be completed on weekends—would have been “inappropriate” and would have downplayed the seriousness of the offenses.

She did, however, also argue that the 18-month sentence recommended by the Crown was excessive in light of the other mitigating circumstances, such as Gauthier’s age of 23 at the time of the offenses, his clean record, and his status as a “low or very low” risk of reoffending. She also mentioned that he lost his job and that he was most recently employed at a pizzeria.

Earlier this year, Gauthier stated in court as part of his defense that the acts with the victim happened in an era when athlete-coach relationships were less controlled on a personal level.

He stated he had lacked judgment by placing himself in a situation where he was alone with his student outside of a training or competition setting, but he denied having engaged in any sexual actions with the victim.

In a statement read aloud at his sentence hearing in August, he stated, “An error in judgment on my part at age 23, when life and morals were different, ruined my reason for living; namely teaching and my knowledge.”

Following Gauthier’s sentencing, his attorney remained silent. Christine Desjarlais, the prosecutor, expressed her satisfaction with the judge’s ruling, stating that it “sends a strong signal that crimes against children are not to be tolerated.”

Anyone who has experienced sexual assault can access resources such as crisis lines, local support services, the Ending Violence Association of Canada database, and this Government of Canada website. Please dial 911 if you’re in immediate danger or if you worry for your safety or the safety of others around you.

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Israeli Power Company Reports Employee Fatally Struck By Attack From Lebanon

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Shalom Abudi, a 56-year-old employee of an Israeli power firm, was murdered by an anti-tank missile strike that came from the other side of the Lebanese border.

The Israel Electric Corporation acknowledged that the event happened in the Dovev area, about half a mile (800 meters) from the border between Lebanon and Israel.

The bombing increased hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah, a militia supported by Iran.

The region has experienced heightened confrontations, especially between Israel and Hezbollah, in the aftermath of Hamas’s October 7 onslaught from the Gaza Strip.

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With the changing needs of carriers in mind, MatSing has made its new 6-beam MBA product set generally available. In order to provide 4×4 MIMO support, greater beam separation, and significant signal gain increase, the high-performing antenna solution is made to deliver the best possible coverage and capacity for 4G LTE and 5G networks.

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The largest group of Rohingya refugees to arrive in Indonesia’s westernmost region in months, approximately 200 people, including women and children, did so on Tuesday. The Rohingya, a marginalized ethnic group from Myanmar, frequently embark on risky maritime expeditions, enduring protracted and costly voyages in delicate vessels in an attempt to reach Malaysia or Indonesia.

Local navy commander Andi Susanto claimed that the 196 refugees landed in the Pidie region of Aceh Province, in a remote place.

Some of the evacuees left right away after arriving inland; accounts vary as to how many of the ten or seven who made their way to the neighboring hills sought safety. A representative for the local fishing community, Marfian, surmised that these people might have been middlemen who brought refugees to the area on purpose.

Residents and local authorities helped the refugees by bringing food and drink to those who were left stranded on the shore.

Images sent to AFP showed exhausted refugees—including mothers holding small children—waiting for assistance on the shore. With around 200 Rohingya reported dead or missing during such treacherous sea crossings last year, the UN refugee agency predicts that over 2,000 Rohingya have tried the dangerous trek to Southeast Asian countries in 2022.

There is a pattern to the Rohingya migrants traveling by water to Indonesia, which is followed in this episode. 184 Rohingya refugees were forced to swim ashore after being abandoned at sea before arriving in the town of Peureulak in eastern Aceh in March. The difficulties and dangers Rohingya refugees encounter on their journey to safety and a better life in Southeast Asia are brought to light by their continuous arrival.

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