The body of a young man, sexually assaulted and murdered in Toronto in 1967 was finally identified recently. The following is an email I sent to the reporter Michael Dick of the CBC.
I watched you piece on Eric Jones tonight with great interest, as well as with deep regret. The grief of the family while waiting so long for identification must have been dreadful.
My regret felt from your segment came following the interview with the police. As a man of 52, I began last year to finally come to terms with the fact that I was sexually assaulted in Toronto in 1970. If you do some research, you will note that many men, myself included, denied, forgot or excluded the memory from our minds. At 52 though, things started to fester, and I got into some really good therapy to help me deal with the aftermath. My regret though, stems from the fact that when I attempted last year to give Toronto Police a complaint about my perpetrator, they simply were not interested because he is dead. He died in 1985, before the days of computerized record keeping I guess. My purpose in giving the report was to simply provide them with info, and to perhaps help some other man either before me, or after me, to know they were not alone. I tried to explain this to the Police, but they were clearly not interested. After watching your segment tonight, I could not help but wonder whether the murderer of Eric Jones has already been reported, or someone has attempted to report the murderer in a similar context of assault, but the police dismissed the info as irrelevant and untimely.
The National Clearing House on Family Violence (Health Canada) suggests that 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18. As a social worker in a correctional facility, I'd estimate that number to be at least 25%, or higher. If you'd like more info on this topic, please see www.themensproject.ca
In closing, I hope that the Toronto Police have not already dismissed as irrelevant information that would bring the murderer of Eric Jones, and any other man who has been sexually assaulted, to justice.
If you'd like any more info, please do not hestitate to email me back.