Reporting the Abuse
What you are looking at here is part of a report filed to the French Republic as part of our application for asylum. It was filed in October 2021 when we arrive at Saint Pierre et Miquelon from Canada. It is by far not the only report, nor is it the first report or the most recent. It is very difficult to read.
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4.1 Enter 2019
Entering into 2019, Kelly Campbell (biological mother, concealed the abuse) and Jason Whittington (the man who sexually abused my children), were living together in Canfield, Ontario, with a child of their own, Miles Henry Whittington. Whittington also had two boys from a prior relationship and, when they were not removed from his care or in the custody of child protection authorities, they would stay with them occasionally. Once, Paige witnessed Jason attempt to strangle one of his children and had to give a statement to child protective services. Alex and Paige would visit most weekends from Friday until Sunday.
4.2 Sexual Abuse
Alex and Paige were subject to sexual abuse at the hands of Jason Whittington over a seven week period shortly prior to the Campbell-Whittington wedding. The severity of the abuse started gradually and increased with each incident, ranging from grooming, gaslighting and other emotional abuse, to invitation to sexual touch, molestation, forcible confinement, muzzling by force and other horrific acts. My children were ten.
The incidents occurred on the weekends Kelly had court ordered access to Alex and Paige, and while Kelly was either working or out of the house, having left Alex and Paige with Jason. Whensoever Kelly was home, Jason took a much more distanced approach from Alex and Paige. It was only when Kelly was not present that the abuse continued.
When Kelly was not at home, Jason would bombard Alex and Paige with affection, hugging them, kissing them and fondling them (e.g. grabbing buttocks). He would praise them, say that he is going to protect them, that they need not continue in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as he is a mixed martial arts fighter and he will teach them. Jason told them that their father (me, author) has mental health issues and that he and Kelly were taking custody away from me. He told them that he was going to be their Dad because he “got them.” Everything that Jason said seemed awkward to Alex and Paige; however, Kelly had instructed them to obey Jason and to get along with him. Once, Paige was sitting in the living room and Jason sat down beside. He started playing lightly with Paige’s hair, somewhat braiding it. Paige acted as if nothing were the matter but she felt his breath on her neck. Jason was trying to kiss Paige’s neck. Paige turned to him and asked “wtf was that?” to which he replied that he was just trying to blow a fluff out of her hair. Later on that day, Jason told Paige that if he told Kelly, that she would be in trouble and wouldn’t be able to see Miles any more.
When Jason would take Alex and Paige to Walmart, he would buy them candy or other treats and rub the inner thigh of whomever was sitting in the front passenger seat and remind the children that he was going to be their dad soon. When the girls attended the home of Jason’s parents to use their pool, Jason would enter a closet proximate to the washroom used for changing, and would have view of Alex and Paige as they got changed into and out of their bathing suits. When Kelly was not present, Jason wanted to play contact games with Alex and Paige, but when Kelly was present, he distanced himself.
Alex and Paige made a friend in the community, a girl approximately two years older than the girls (name reserved). Jason would quite obviously stare at the friend’s chest, buttocks, face and legs. Paige was told by this friend that she felt uncomfortable by this. The friend described Jason as a creep and, eventually, stopped attending the home.
* It should be noted that Whittington was, at the time, under court order not to be alone with the girls whatsoever.
At night, Jason would follow Kelly into the bedroom assigned to the girls and “tuck them into bed,” a procedure that also grew in intensity. When Kelly would leave the room, Jason would enter (in contravention of court orders), often closing the door behind him. Jason began by forcibly pulling blankets off the girls, the blankets they were trying to use as a barrier. He would start by pulling the blankets away, these would be the blankets the girls tried to cover themselves with. He would press down upon Alex and Paige with his own body, kiss them with open mouth and squeeze her (Alex) buttocks.
Eventually this grew to all out assaults. For each Alex and Paige, in sequence, he would hold them down, pinned under his own weight, grope their chest, remove his shirt and lift theirs, put his hand over their mouth, press his hips into their groin, run his hand under their panties and attempt to insert digits into their vagina. In Alex’s case, he put something on her forehead and then on her cheek. In retrospect, Alex believes this to have been his penis. Regardless of how much Alex and Paige protested and called out for Kelly, the assault continued. In total, there were 4 (Paige) or 5 (Alex) evening incidents, and an equal number of daytime incidents, before I was made aware.
4.2.1 Emotional Abuse at School
After the sexual abuse was stopped, emotional abuse followed from the school the girls had been attending. Kelly had told the principal of the school that the girls had imagined the abuse and that I was to blame. The principal, DIGBY, took it upon himself to remove the girls three or more times daily from class, and to bring them into empty classrooms to question their activities. He would ask questions about their home life and insist that they weren’t telling the truth when they reported their happiness with me. He would act with a degree of familiarity that the girls found ‘creepy’ and would try to hug them, etc. This until Paige grabbed his hand from her shoulder and forced his arm down into a hold, telling him in no uncertain terms to stop. I filed a complaint with the Ontario College of Teachers and Digby backed off entirely.
4.3 Reporting the Abuse
When the girls made me aware of the abuse, I called the police of my community immediately, the Niagara Regional Police Force (NRP), followed by child protection authorities, Family and Children's Services Niagara (FACS). I was instructed to contact the police service where the incidents had occurred (Ontario Provincial Police, OPP), who then instructed me to contact the police of my community (back to the NRP). I was instructed by the child protection authorities to bring the children to the police headquarters of my community for interviews, but no police were waiting or had any idea that were had been instructed to attend. Furthermore, child protection authorities had forgotten about us entirely. Alex and Paige took this to heart and felt ignored, probably because they were.
Days later, I was instructed to attend police headquarters again, but only so detectives could take a statement from me and not one from Alex and Paige. The statement was taken and to be distributed to the police service where the incidents occurred. The degree of frustration was mounting and Alex and Paige continued to be ignored.
Days later and we had heard nothing from the police service where the incidents occurred (the OPP at Cayuga). Weeks later, I continued calling but was promptly told that no such report exists and that I was to stop calling. I put a call into the commander of that police force and a few days later received a call from a police detective who had taken the report without properly signing it out, left it at her home and taken leave, with apologies.
We were expecting the investigation to pick up pace; however, it was weeks before the detective invited Alex and Paige for a formal interview, and when she did it was not for purposes of a criminal investigation, it was for the child protection authority to use in determining abuse, so not for criminal prosecution. We had been ignored again. By this time, Alex and Paige were beginning to resent the police and were very hesitant to go further. When the girls attended the police station for the interview, they were invited to a large bowl of candy and other sugar products. Rather than risk them carrying upset into the interview, I allowed them to eat some candy. They ate a lot of candy. Refined sugar and candy is not part of their normal diet and their reaction was obvious. I suggested that the interview be rescheduled but my suggestion was dismissed.
The children each gave a very brief interview to police, the content of which has remained secret to this day, and we were allowed to leave. Follow-up with Alex and Paige indicated that they were nervous, didn’t recall the entirety of events and that they just wanted to leave. They gave brief yes-no answers that they thought would end the interview. This was reported back to the detectives who, again, dismissed my concerns. Without disclosing method, qualification, or any other metric demanded, the police detective unilaterally declared that there was no abuse. Alex and Paige were irate. The police refused to discuss the matter and we were left entirely dismissed. Alex and Paige were devastated that they were disbelieved without more scientific examination; however, according to police, the delay in investigation meant there was no evidence and, therefore, no crime. Police and child protection authorities have steadfastly refused to disclose documents, review their examination, etc. This meant that the investigation was inconclusive and it gave raise to their biological mother calling them liars.
4.4 Weaponization of the Courts
The abuse continued by ensuring that the matter was brought again and again in court, despite the children making it quite clear they wanted nothing to do with their biological mother or her husband, who had sexually molested them. While I was afforded a lawyer at first, that privilege evaporated when she resigned my case as she did not want to take the matter to trial. So the remaining hearings, motions, confirmations and lead-ups to trial were navigated pro se. Alex and Paige were denied the right to counsel, the right to attend court and the right to speak on their own behalf, all at the request of their biological mother. This was the decision of Judge Wendy MacPherson at the request of Kelly and Jason, neither of which were the custodial parent. Every appearance we fell further and further from a position of strength. Kelly and Jason repetitively asked for custody of the children, and full decision-making authority. Alex and Paige were terrified the courts would find for Kelly and Jason. Eventually, the courts did find for Kelly and Jason but the order was non-enforceable and Alex and Paige simply refused to allow access.
For every allegation and circumstance Kelly and Jason were able to muster, I was able to adequately defend, until Judge J. Gibson. In late August, 2021, Judge J. Gibson, in response to yet another set of false claims and allegations, and without so much as meeting Alex and Paige, ordered that Kelly shall have access every other weekend. Although the order did stipulate that Jason could not be proximate to the children alone, it was too little security as he and Kelly had broken those orders before. What made the matter even more serious was that Gibson ordered police to enforce the order, meaning use force against the children should they disobey.
4.5 Fear the Police
Police in Canada are becoming more and more violent. They are exhibiting more aggression, engaging less and less in dialog, and showing a diminishing respect for the law and their vested authority. Those who cross paths with the police are often seriously injured, and many see the police as a corrupt power force, and not a part of the community. Corruption and violence in policing is one of the reasons I left uniformed law enforcement. The mistreatment of people is rampant and oversight is absent. The NRP is considered by many as the worst of the worst.
Everyone with a television has been witness to the police shooting and slaying of Daunte Wright, Andre Hill, Manuel Ellis, Rayshard Brooks, Daniel Prude, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Aura Rosser, Stephon Clark, Botham Jean, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, and the countless of others who have been slain by police. We saw over and over again the police brutalizing these men and women, often for no crime and without cause.
Canadian police are making their own trend with Chantal Moore, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, D’Andre Campbell and Ejaz Ahmed Choudry, four of the four hundred sixty-one deaths at the hands of police since 2000, some of which were murdered during ‘welfare checks’. In all but one case, police were cleared of wrongdoing. Here lies the corruption, the police use lethal force without justification and never face criminal prosecution.
The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is the provincial agency responsible for investigating incidents involving police in Ontario that result in serious injury or death. In 2020, there were 313 such incidents yet only 4 officers were actually charged [SIU].
A recent ten-year review revealed that only twelve percent of investigations in which the SIU has laid charges are brought to disciplinary hearing against the officer involved [CBC]. The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) is the government agency responsible for superintending complaints against police. In the last five years, only one percent of complaints about Toronto Police officers has led to a disciplinary hearing. Between 2014 and 2019 there were 3,806 complaints made to the OIPRD about Toronto police officers, and a little over half of those complaints were referred back to the police service to investigate – police investigating their own police. Only 92 of those complaints, or two per cent, were substantiated, and only one per cent have gone before the Toronto police disciplinary tribunal. In some cases, complaints were substantiated but ‘timed out’ and could not be tried [CBC].
In the past ten years, none of the twenty one Toronto police officers who were charged by the SIU were convicted. The twenty-one acts involve criminal assault, domestic violence, etc [CBC]. A Toronto police officer hit his wife in the face, knocking her to the ground. When she tried to run away, he chased her and hit her again. He was forced to forfeit 120 hours and is still a police officer today. A Toronto police officer crashed and rolled his personal vehicle. He had a open container of liquor and was more than two times the legal limit. The officer, who had previous convictions, was reduced in rank for two years then promptly reinstated and is still a police officer today. A Toronto police officer was caught crossing the U.S.-Canada border with a prohibited knife and a loaded, unregistered, unlicensed handgun. The officer forfeited twenty days and is currently a police officer. Canadian police officers have become hyper-aggressive and combative. They are poorly supervised and have little regard for the health and safety of the people they serve. They rarely face justice and when they do, the punishment for their heinous acts is little more than a slap on the wrist. Police very, very rarely if ever lose their job or face criminal charges, even when they murder someone.
Given these facts, the Gibson order meant we had two options:
Option No. 1. Acquiesce. Alex and Paige would comply with the order. They would be confined to a car with their biological mother, taken to the house where they were abused, or to another place they neither know nor trust, and likely be subjected to the same sexual abuse. There is zero reason to suggest any different.
Option No. 2. Resist. Biological Mother would call on police to “enforce” the order. Police would use force to make Alex and Paige acquiesce. When they refuse to cooperate, police will use excessive force to effectively stuff my children into biological mother’s vehicle, or into the back of a police vehicle, regardless of the injury this may cause. They will use batons, pepper spray, tazers, fisticuffs, handcuffs and even firearms, whatever it takes to make them cooperate, or kill them.
Neither option is acceptable, so we made our own.
Option No. 3. Flee. Alex, Paige and I fear the police, with good reason. We fear what they are capable of, and how little thought or humanity seems to go into their actions. They form not a constabulary, but a control force not to be trifled with on account of their weaponry. Not too long after Alex and Paige were sexually abused, when they elected not to have contact with Kelly, police attended my home every night for five or six nights, demanding to see the children in response to a myriad of accusations by Kelly and Jason. Several times, the police who attended were hyper-aggressive, yelling and grabbing at their equipment, including their gun. One police officer got within six inches of Paige’s face and pointed and yelled so loudly that she urinated. Several police officers made it clear that they would force entry and ‘grab Paige by the back of her hair, and stuff her face into the police car’. if she did not cooperate. Regardless of the fact that a police supervisor attended to apologize, the actions taken were so severe that it canonized our fear, our negative opinion of police. When warrants were taken out, and missing persons reports filed, my children and I felt grave danger, that the police would be looking for us, for our vehicle, and that every possible measure had to be enacted to avoid them.
My children and I were forced to flee Canada and seek the protection of France (Saint Pierre et Miquelon) as they were at substantial risk of being sexually abused, sexually assaulted and even forcibly raped, in continuation, and that their rights as individuals, as young adults, were being stripped by force of the courts and agents of the state. Furthermore, the very real threat of police violence led us all to fear grievous bodily injury or death. We had no choice but to flee and ask for protection, to ask for asylum in France.
4.6 Public Complaints
I, on behalf of myself and my children, filed a series of complaints against:
• Family and Children Services Niagara (FACS)
• Childrens’ Aid Society of Haldimand Norfolk (CASHN)
• Niagara Regional Police Force (NRP)
• Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
• District School Board of Niagara (DSBN)
• Principal of the Public School
Neither the NRP nor the OPP even responded, six letters sent between the two. When I escalated, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) would not investigate. I put both FACS and CASHN in front of provincial tribunals. The tribunals have very little power except to ask questions; however, I took that opportunity to bring our complaints to the floor. Both produced disclosure, neither completely. I appealed our overall treatment to the Ontario Ombuds, no reply.
I spoke directly with the Minister of Community and Social Services, the highest office responsible for these organizations. The Minister agreed that the organizations need to be completely revamped, but offered no assistance. In Canada, it is virtually impossible to substantiate a complaint against police or social service agencies. They are not required to answer, nor produce documentation. The fact that I was able to force disclosure, even in the limited amount, is a real victory.
Numerous complaints to the court fell on deaf ears. Over and over and over again, nothing. In Canada, reprisals are often enacted against people who file complaints against authorities. We were deeply concerned. I filed a complaint with the Ontario College of Teachers to report the conduct of the principal toward the girls as well as myself and almost overnight, the principal was nowhere to be found. The complaint was queue for investigation and I do not know the disposition; however, I get the sense that the principal was advised to cease and desist. The complaint to the District School Board of Niagara was entirely ignored.