Graham James’ two-year sentence for sexual assault called a ‘national travesty’

A two-year sentence for convicted sex-abuser Graham James led to widespread anger across Canada


The sentencing of former hockey coach Graham James for two years of prison time has been called a “national travesty” by victims Todd Holt and Theo Fleury. James had pleaded guilty in December of 2011 to sexually assaulting both players in the ’80s and ’90s when he coached the two in the Western Hockey League.

According to the Globe and Mail, another of James’ victims, Greg Gilhooly, was sitting in court when the sentence was announced and shook his head in disbelief and said “This isn’t justice.” After the sentencing, Fleury took to Twitter to push for change in the legislation, sparking an online debate over the fact that “the sentences don’t come close to the damage that it leaves in its wake,” according to yet another victim of James, former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy.

Newspapers across the country carried editorials and columns from different sides of the political spectrum on Wednesday, denouncing the two-year sentence as too lenient for a convicted sex-abuser.

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Graham James’ two-year sentence for sexual assault called a ‘national travesty’

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    • She is following legal decisions. Damn this sound like Hitlers Military….. we were just following orders…… Speak up people if this is your child….and I am sure some of you are in this terrible position SPEAK UP. One of the Members of the Canadians for Accountability protested the Ontario College of Teachers allowing repeat sex offenders to  teach their victims and the College Fined Him, Suspended Him from his profession and forced him out of the once honorable profession of teaching…. You may not be prepared to lay your job on the line but damn it…. do something. Want to see what I am talking about? Google Freedom Through Truth The OCT Blackballs Jim Black 

      •  Fining and removing from the profession is what professional colleges DO.

        • Ok…so why do they let sex offenders teach in Ontario? 

  2. Typical left leaning justice.
    More concern for the rights of the perpetrators then the victims.

    • agreed on so many levels

    • I believe the omnibus crime bill only dictates a one year minimum for sexual offences.  If I;m wrong, I would appreciate being corrected.

  3. Will there be a Civil case?

    • Do you have $30,000 to donate to the victims to have a civil case…..Damn this is so wrong! 

  4. One wonders if the sentence would have been harsher if the victims had been female.  Some people crazily still think that if a boy’s abused he must have enjoyed it and so it’s not really so bad, whereas it is more politically correct in some circles to see a girl as a victim.  As a man who was sodomized by a neighbour when I was 3&1/2, I can say that no prison sentence will reverse the past, but 2 years is like a slap in the face to the guys who had the courage to come forward.

    • RIGHT ON! 

  5. Graham James’ two-year sentence for sexual assault is not a national travesty. The two year sentence for every person who molest a child is a travesty and that is what our legal system is doing to almost all such cases. That is the Travesty! The fact the Ontario College of Teachers has allowed repeat sex offenders who have used young people for sex to teach in our schools is unspeakable…. Damn this stuff is sick. Where did we let our court minimize children to send the Graham James’s of Canada to club med…. 

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