Ontario Taxpayer Watch Report
Published by the Ontario Citizen's Free Press - By the citizens and for the citizens of Ontario - March 22, 2002
Kids spill the beans:
Halton Women's Shelter exposing children to VIOLENCE AND ABUSE!
Young children forced to watch graphic video showing man beating up a woman as part of children's indoctrination process!
A young girl who recently managed to gain her freedom from the Halton Women's Shelter in Burlington, Ontario, has disclosed some bone chilling information about just what goes on behind the closed doors of that facility, something which those operating the shelter would not like the community to know about.
One of the troubling things that this child revealed was that she and the other children in the shelter were made to watch a video in which a man was graphically shown beating up on a woman.
This video was part of a children's program at the shelter and all children who came to the women's shelter were forced to attend shortly after their arrival.
The young girl said she and her siblings did not like watching the violent video and that watching it made them feel very upset and uncomfortable.
The young girl also said that it seemed to her that the women who worked at the shelter did not like men and that everyone at the shelter was supposed to think the same way as the shelter staff.
It would appear that this program is being used to condition the children into believing that it is a normal for men to go around beating up women.
The children were also being told that what was on the video was what they could expect to happen to them when they get older.
It would seem that the Halton Woman's Shelter has developed its own in house children's propaganda program, possibly in collaboration with other shelters, to indoctrinate children at an early age into believing that men in general are wife batterers and abusers and that women are always the victims.
It's highly unlikely that the teaching of this program to young and impressionable children has received the endorsement of early childhood educators nor is it likely that this program for kids in the shelter is being taught by anyone with professional teaching qualifications who may better understand what long term emotional harm this sort of video may be causing children after they leave the shelter.
In all likelihood, this program is being given to the children by women, who themselves are former victims of abuse and likely harbour intense feelings of resentment against men in general.
If a child's feelings and perceptions are any indicator of the environment there, according to this girl, she felt frightened and afraid staying at the shelter, especially at night. She said she cried and wanted to go back to see her dad at her own home.
Many parents in the community would argue that only professional educators, such as teachers with local school boards, should have the job in the community of educating children about domestic violence.
At least in a more public forum, those that teach such materials would be under greater public accountability.
Many agree that exposing children to such video is not appropriate. Even if children were being removed from a home where violence had occurred, to expose them immediately again to violence by forcing them to watch a video of a man being on a women certainly is not the most appropriate thing to do under any circumstances.
Children don't want to have violence crammed down their throats, especially by women whose agenda is to spread hatred towards men.
Being forced to watch these violent videos is nothing less than a further abuse of the children.
Some of the things disclose by this child included:
Information from this girl would seem to collaborate previous information given by a mother, named Helen, who also reported in Feb of 2000 about her stay at the same Halton Women's Shelter.
Helen, was quoted as saying, "During my six week stay at the shelter, I met only one other resident who I felt was what most people would consider a decent mother. The rest of the women definitely had serious emotional problems. It didn't take any doctor to see that they were dysfunctional parents. They were terrible mothers who likely were a significant cause of the problems that landed them there in the first place. I believe that many of the women were not physically abused and out of anger wanted a break just like I did. I was not physically abused"
"Once in the shelter, I felt stuck until I got my own place", said Helen. Helen also indicated that the system offered no help to mend problems. Charging the father and then going after him seemed to be the main goal of the system.
Helen stated that many children at the shelter were being exposed to an abusive environment and that the shelter was no place for children to be living in. Some of the things she witnessed were:
Helen described how she felt that shelter staff were very biased against men. She said that it seemed that all the staff were abused themselves and told residents of their personal abuse stories. On one hand it may have been good for other abused people to help you but that the bias was so deep that it was fostering hate against the children's fathers.
In closing, Helen stated, "It was a terrible place. Not the environment where children should be.. not even the women."
Its no wonder these shelters have to operate behind a "veil of secrecy" and hide what goes on there.