Sexual Predator Jailed after Claiming to Be ‘Transgender’ to Assault Women in Shelter
TORONTO, March 4, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A biological man claiming to be 'transgender' so as to gain access to and prey on women at two Toronto shelters was jailed "indefinitely" last week after being declared by a judge a "dangerous offender."
Pro-family leaders are pointing out that this is exactly the type of incident they warned of as the Ontario government passed its "gender identity" bill, dubbed the "bathroom bill," in 2012.
Christopher Hambrook, 37, leaned on the ever expanding legal "rights" offered to people who "identify" with the sex opposite their biology. Under the name "Jessica," he was able to get into the women's shelters, where he sexually assaulted several women in 2012, the Toronto Sun reports.
Court heard how one woman awoke to find Hambrook assaulting her on her bed. "Her tights had been pulled down past her bottom and her bathing suit had been pulled to the side," court documents reveal. "She yelled at the accused, demanding to know what he was doing. He simply covered his face with his hands, said 'Oops!' and started giggling."
Court also heard evidence of Hambrook terrorizing a deaf woman living in the shelter. "The accused grabbed the complainant's hand and forcibly placed it on his crotch area while his penis was erect," court heard.
The same deaf women reported that Hambrook would peer at her through a gap between the door and its frame while she showered.
Justice John McMahon imposed the "indefinite" prison sentence due to Hambrook's long history of committing sex crimes.
Hambrook was a former stripper and escort from Quebec before moving to Toronto in 2009 and posing as a woman. While in Montreal he served four years in jail for a 2002 sexual assault of a five-year-old girl who was a family friend and for raping a mentally challenged 27-year-old woman while on bail for the first crime, reports the Toronto Sun.
The prosecution successfully convinced the judge that Hambrook's out-of-control sexual urges put the public at great risk and that an indefinite jail sentence was the only way to protect the public.
"I am satisfied there is no reasonable expectation that a lesser measure would adequately protect the public from Christopher Hambrook," said Judge McMahon.
Ontario amended its Human Rights Code to make "gender identity" and "gender expression" prohibited grounds for discrimination in 2012. The bill's sponsors said at the time that the so-called "Toby's Law" would open the door to "social change" in Canada.
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Family advocates argued at the time that the NDP sponsored bill would create a legal right for a man who calls himself 'transgender' to use rooms and facilities intended for women so as to exploit women.
The bill was subsequently dubbed the "bathroom bill" by its critics. Allowing a man who calls himself 'transgender' to enter a woman's area has already proved problematic in the United States.
In 2012 a college in Washington state decided it would not prevent a 45-year-old man who presents himself as a transgender "female" from lounging naked in a women's locker room in an area frequented by girls as young as six. Teenage girls on a high school swim team were using the facilities when they saw "Colleen" Francis deliberately exposing male genitalia through the glass window in a sauna. Police told one outraged mother that the university could not bar the biological male from the premises.
Brian Rushfeldt, president of Canada Family Action, told LifeSiteNews that Hambrook's method of gaining legal entrance into the woman's shelters proves gender identity legislation is inherently flawed.
"The Ontario law is dangerous. It is unacceptable that any country would allow a law which puts citizens at risk. It proves the law was ill planned and executed, and the government should be held legally responsible for these crimes."
Jack Fonseca of Campaign Life Coalition told LifeSiteNews that it "didn't take a brain surgeon to predict that letting men into women's bathrooms and other private spaces would eventually lead to sexual assaults."
"I wish we didn't have to say 'I told you so,' but Ontario's party leaders and MPPs were warned that the transsexual 'Bathroom Bill' endangered women and needed to be defeated."
"Of course this lunatic law could only make it easier for rapists and peeping toms to prey on female victims while masquerading as 'transgendered.'"
Fonseca called for a repeal of the law.
"If this dangerous law is not repealed, we will only see a rise in male predators attacking women in spaces where they deserve the right to privacy like bathrooms, change rooms and women's shelters."
Fonseca took aim at Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak for supporting the bill, saying that he should take "personal responsibility for the attempted rape of those poor women in the shelters."
"Hudak cannot escape blame: He supported this nonsensical law."
QMI Agency's Christina Blizzard wrote in an opinion piece last week that women have a "right to protection."
"This is a bad law that allows heterosexual predators access to women in their most personal moments. Extra care should be taken to protect at-risk women in vulnerable situations, such as homeless shelters."
Ezra Levant said that the gender identity law in Ontario has made the province become a "magnet for rapists."
"Instead of women being protected in Ontario, instead of the law protecting women, the law serves up women to a rapist named 'Jessica,'" he said on his show The Source.
A federal version of the "gender identity" bill currently sits in the Senate after failing to pass its third and final reading in August after the Conservatives shut down Parliament for a summer break.
Fonseca said that the federal legislation puts Canadian women at risk.
"We urge all concerned Canadians to phone, email and write Canada's Senators pointing out that the Ontario version of this law allowed Mr. Hambrook to sexually assault two women, and to ensure that Senators do not make the mistake of granting legal cover to would-be rapists at the federal level."
"Tell the Senators to vote NO to Bill C-279 when it comes up again."
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