- Justice Austin F Cullen, BC Supreme Court & Defense Attorney Mr Ian Donaldson
We were a success. Many humble thanks to the community in Vancouver as well as around the world for showing that you care and making an impact. Congratulations.
Mr Klassen will be serving 10 years in prison. To some, this may not seem like much, but under our current laws, this is a very BIG victory. Thanks again for your support.
**Thanks for your support. At Caleb's Hope, non-violence is an important mandate. To end violence around the world, we must address it on all levels: words, actions and thoughts. We are promoting a powerful peacefull petition - please do not leave messages of hate (ie death penalty, torture) as it takes away from the credibility of our campaign. We understand the emotions are high and we eternally thank-you for your passion and support however as Ghandi said, "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." We do not condone nor do we support any violent words & thoughts on the petition. They will be removed. Many thanks**.
Kenneth Robert Klassen, divorced father of 3, of Burnaby who videotaped himself sexually assaulting girls between the ages of 9 and 18 years young.
On Aug. 27, 2004, Canada Border Service Agency officers at YVR identified a suspicious parcel full of undeclared DVDs containing images of child pornography and bestiality.
The police seized in Klassen's home and a rented Vancouver storage locker 21 DVDs containing video clips of Klassen having sex with 92 girls in three countries. Police allege the DVDs contained images of Klassen sexually assaulting girls ranging in age from 9 to 18 years old. Read more here: Vancouver Sun Article
UPDATES: Friday May 21st:
Klassen pleaded GUILTY to 14 out of 30 plus charges. He thenn allegedly traveled to Mayne Island with his brother. He is deemed high risk to flee. We wonder if his bail supervisor was informed. Klassen owns property in New Mexico, Colombia (2 houses) and one undisclosed property in the Philippines.
Thursday, May 27th:
Mr. Klassen's bail has been granted. It was essentially granted before the hearing this morning. They are having another hearing this upcoming Tuesday.
Tuesday, June 1st, 9am:
The part two of the bail hearing - where they discuss how Mr. Klassen will be monitored and his terms. Amongst a list of appropriate conditions, one is a curfew of 6pm-6am. Sentencing hearing will be July 22-23.
Read more about this case and show your support here: Facebook Group & Hearing Details
Far too often, cases of violence against women and children are not taken seriously despite efforts by some members of the global community. An example of this is the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a universal agreement of non-negotiable standards and obligations. Ie Human rights for children. If individuals like Mr. Klassen are not punished and also, then those rights will have been grossly violated. http://www.unicef.org/crc/
It is our duty as mothers and fathers, siblings, teachers, caregivers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, as neighbours, as human beings to ensure that justice is served accordingly.
Please sign this petition and, if you are in Vancouver, come to these important hearings.
Please pass this information on.
If the judge sees that Canadians and citizens around the world care for their children and their right to grow safely, he might apply the full weight of the law to this case.
As Martin Luther King Jr said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
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We, the undersigned, call on the BC Supreme Court to recognize the severity of the crimes committed by Kenneth Robert Klassen.
He is a threat to both women and children worldwide. It is shameful to even think that his very long list of grotesque violations of girls and young women could go unpunished.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child clearly states that it is a non-negotiable obligation to ensure that the rights of children worldwide are acknowledged, respected, protected and enforced at all times.
'The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child. Every right spelled out in the Convention is inherent to the human dignity and harmonious development of every child. The Convention protects children's rights by setting standards in health care; education; and legal, civil and social services.'
Canada has agreed to take on these obligations and if the BC Supreme Court does not punish this man..well then why do we have these human rights in place to specifically protect children?
We hope you do the right thing and sentence this man to the full extent of the law, sending a very strong message that sexually assaulting girls and young women, child pornography, and overall exploitation of women and children, will not be tolerated.
We also sincerely hope that this man will receive an abundance of councelling and rehabilitation so that, one can hope, upon release, he will be a healthy human being that will no longer be a threat to anyone within the global community.
The Real Men Don't Rape vs Kenneth Robert Klassen petition to Justice Austin F Cullen, BC Supreme Court & Defense Attorney Mr Ian Donaldson was written by Caleb's Hope RMDR Campaign and is in the category Children's Rights at GoPetition.