Memorial Wall : victims of rape

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This Memorial Wall is our tributes to those who have died as a result of child abuse, domestic violence, rape, religious abuse, or other types of abuse. Some of these people we knew personally, others we only heard of. Abuse is not a theoretical concept, it happens to real people, and costs lives. It's important to honor those we lost to abuse by telling their stories, so that the secret that killed them does not remain secret, and so that other lives might be saved, as a result of increased awareness.
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November 25th:
Marie-France Comeau
died on November 25th, 2009

37yo Mrs Comeau from Canada was a corporal in the Canadian Forces and a flight attendant with the 437 transport squadron at CFB Trenton. "She was a fun person who loved life and seemed to find the best about everything she did," according to her friends and coworkers. "She was an absolutely beautiful person and friend. She was always so happy and positive... Her smile will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew her and were lucky enough to call her a friend."

Mrs Comeau was raped and murdered by a Canadian Forces colonel. As commander, he had access to her personal information including schedule, phone number, etc. He once broke into her house while she was on a trip and took pictures of himself while posing in her underwear. On November 25th he broke into her house again, concealed himself near the furnace area, and waited for Mrs Comeau to go to bed. However, she noticed him because her cat was standing next to him and staring. Mrs Comeau tried to escape, and he brutally raped, tortured, and murdered her.


Posted by Manya on June 25th, 2018
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December 1st:
Dione Payne
died on December 1st, 2013

16yo Dione from Ohio, USA, was raped and beaten to death by two full-grown men. He used to deal drugs, they were addicts, and wanted his stash. After a lot of beating they found $260 and some cocaine, got high, but believed Dione must have had more, so they beat him more. At 10:30AM on the next morning they dropped Dione off at a hospital, where he passed away.


Posted by Jane on June 15th, 2018
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December 14th:
Maria Lauterbach
died on December 14th, 2007

The mother of US Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach told police that Maria "claimed she had been raped by a senior Marine at her command, and that the investigation had gone sour.". Maria was eight months pregnant and preparing to testify against him, when he killed her with a crowbar and burnt her remains.


Posted by Manya on February 10th, 2016
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December 29th:
Jyoti Singh Pandey (Nirbhaya)
died on December 29th, 2012

Jyoti was a 23yo girl from Delhi, India. Her dad sold his farm land and worked double shifts to give her an education, because she wanted to study and he loved her. "It never entered our hearts to ever discriminate," - he said, - "How could I be happy if my son is happy and my daughter isn't? And it was impossible to refuse a little girl who loved going to school."

On December 16th, Jyoti and her male friend saw a movie together in South Delhi, and at 9:30PM took a bus home. There were six other people on that bus, they all assaulted Jyoti and her friend, broke his ribs and knocked him unconscious, and violently beaten and raped Jyoti with a metal rod, before throwing them both on the side of the road. Jyoti fought back, leaving bite marks on all of her assailants. The friend survived, while Jyoti died a week later, after undergoing multiple surgeries to remove her inflamed intestines and reproductive organs.

The incident (commonly referred to as "the 2012 Delhi gang rape") resulted in public protests against the state and central governments for failing to provide adequate security for women. The Indian government re-evaluated its laws concerning rape prosecutions, passed multiple new laws and set up six new courts. Critics argue that the legal system remains slow to hear and prosecute rape cases, but most agree that the case has resulted in a tremendous increase in the public discussion of crimes against women and statistics show that there has been an improvement in the number of women willing to file a crime report.

Indian laws forbid disclosing rape victims' identity to the public without consent of their family, so initially Jyoti was referred to as Nirbhaya, "fearless".


Posted by Manya on October 17th, 2015
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January 1st:
Noelle Paquette
died on January 1st, 2013

27yo Noelle from Canada was a kindergarten teacher, a tutor, and a volunteer with the Sunshine Foundation (organization dedicated to fulfilling custom-made dreams for Canadian kids living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses). On January 1st Noelle was at a New Year's Eve party with her boyfriend. They had a fight, and she decided to walk home, about 12 miles, at 2AM. During that walk Noelle was abducted, raped, and murdered by a couple (a 34yo woman and a 22yo man) who met online at a sex fetish site and frequently fantasized about raping and killing someone. Noelle happened to be "in the wrong place at the wrong time," as was stated in court.


Posted by Manya on June 25th, 2018
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January 4th:
Zainab Ansari
died on January 4th, 2018

7yo Zainab from Pakistan was staying with her uncle while her parents were performing Umrah (pilgrimage to Mecca). Zainab went missing on her way to a Quran tuition class, which was very close to her house. She was kidnapped by a 24yo mechanic who tortured, raped, and strangled Zainab to death. He was arrested nineteen days later, confessed, and his DNA matched with the samples of at least eight minor girls who were raped and murdered within the same neighborhood.

Zainab's death resulted in mass protests across Pakistan; Punjab chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said, "Those societies that cannot protect its children are eternally condemned."


Posted by Manya on February 11th, 2018
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Junko Furuta
died on January 4th, 1989

Junko was a 16yo highschool student from Tokyo, Japan. She was walking home from school when abducted by four boys roughly her age (all under 18), that she didn't know, and was raped, tortured, and mutilated for six weeks, before they killed her and disposed of the body by placing it in a 55 gallon drum filled with concrete.

They never met her before and had no grudge against her - they picked her at random, just because they could. What they did to her during those 44 days is too graphic to post here (click on her name if you want to read about it), but another disturbing part of the story is that this was happening in the home of one of the boys, with his parents present at least some of the time. They said they thought Junko was his girlfriend, and/or they were too scared of their son to say anything.



Posted by Zoe on July 28th, 2009
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January 5th:
Esther Anuhya
died on January 5th, 2014

24yo Anu from India worked as a software engineer and enjoyed singing, reading Manga, and watching Korean films. Anu spent Christmas with her family and was returning home. Her train arrived to Mumbai at 5AM; normally she would have waited till daylight at the station, and then taken a bus home. Instead, Anu accepted a ride from a stranger. According to witnesses, "she must have refused to ride on the motorcycle, but he took her stating he too was going towards Andheri and would drop her for a meager amount and under duress, as he put her bag on the motorcycle, she must have ridden the bike." When Anu protested that he was taking her in the wrong direction, he robbed, raped, and murdered her, burnt her body, and left it in a ditch.


Posted by Manya on December 28th, 2017
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January 10th:
Moin
died on January 10th, 2015

6yo Moin from Lahore, Pakistan, was repeatedly raped, killed, and left on top of the roof of a local mosque. At first the police suspected the imam, but later found DNA evidence implicating a local barber, 17yo, who confessed and was then killed in a police shootout.


Posted by Manya on July 28th, 2018
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February 2nd:
Anita Cobby
died on February 2nd, 1986

Anita, a 26-year-old Australian registered nurse and beauty pageant winner, had been severely beaten, repeatedly raped and had her throat cut before she was dumped in the middle of a farm in the Western Sydney suburb of Prospect; the extent of her injuries shocking even the most hardened of homicide detectives. Sadistic teenage rapist and four members of his gang would eventually be caught and put away for life for the horrific abduction and murder, with a judge recommending he never see the outside of a prison again.


Posted by Jane on June 15th, 2018
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February 8th:
Reagan Tokes
died on February 8th, 2017

21yo Reagan from Ohio, USA, was a fourth-year psychology major at Ohio State, due to graduate in May 2017. In February she was kidnapped on her way home from work, raped, and murdered by a registered sex offender who was released from prison three months prior. "We will always remember Reagan as a vibrant, loving young woman who embraced life," her family said. "She made a positive impact on people, was enthusiastic about everything and brought laughter and joy to all who knew her."


Posted by Manya on June 27th, 2018
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