Man guilty of sexual assault upon foster sister

Man guilty of sexual assault upon foster sister

 A 23-year-old man who sexually assaulted his 14-year-old foster sister will wait until Dec. 6 to learn his sentence.

Justice Allison Rothery said evidence from the accused’s girlfriend was “simply untrue,” and did not cast any doubt upon the evidence of the complainant, now 17, whose story was “unmoved” despite “extensive and lengthy” cross-examination.

The girl testified at trial last month that the man, who she considered her brother, touched her and raped her in the basement of the house where they lived on a Saskatoon-area acreage and in a trailer on the property.

When the girl disclosed the abuse to authorities, she was removed from the home and the family with whom she had lived since she was a toddler.

In an interview Monday, the girl, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, said the assaults, the changes in her circumstances and stress over the court process contributed to a downward spiral that included running away from foster homes and using alcohol and drugs.

“I’m happy (the court process is) finally over with. It’s been going on too long. In that time it really screwed up my life,” she said.

“Now I’m going to change it around because it’s all over with. I’m going to go to treatment, start school.

 “As soon as I got moved away from the (family) and came to the city, that’s when everything started happening, all the drugs and all the alcohol use. It (was) just so I can forget everything.”

 The girl said she used any drugs offered to her, from marijuana to cocaine and was hooked on crack for a year.

 After repeatedly running away from foster homes, she lived for a time with her biological grandmother, but that relationship failed and she now lives with a friend she considers a sister.

 “It’s not a foster family. It’s just, I call family. It’s a street family,” she said.

 The girl is now pregnant and looking to the future. She hopes to re-establish relationships with her younger siblings, who remain in the home where she was abused.

 The former foster brother is in custody, but the girl still worries about her siblings and is fiercely protective of them.

 “It makes me all sick that my (siblings) are still in that home,” she said.

 She is satisfied with the man’s conviction.

 “It’s good for me. I can move on. I won’t look back,” she said.

 The StarPhoenix