The victim of a horrific sexual assault by one of Canada’s most notorious pedophiles is fighting for a change.
Nearly nine years ago, Zachary Miller was abducted by convicted sex offender Peter Whitmore.
For days, Whitmore beat and sexually assaulted Miller and another boy from Winnipeg.
Miller was eventually able to escape. For years, the now 20-year-old has been fighting the courts to release the publication ban on his name. He was successful last month.
Miller tells 680 CJOB he’s sharing his story so more can be done to stop and persecute pedophiles.
“There not enough information out there to let people who these pedophiles are, there’s not enough out there to stop them. I’m tired of this happening to children time after time after time, while nothing’s being done.”
Prior to Miller’s assault, Whitmore was sentenced and released early for abusing seven other children.
He is currently serving a life sentence for the 2006 crimes.
Now, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is calling for a change to protect children from repeated sex offenders.
Executive Director Lianna McDonald says the law is broken and it has to change.
“I think when we look at this very small population of offenders who are so motivated and fixated, we need to have protections in place to make sure they can’t access kids anymore. Once we’ve identified who they are we should be in a position to protect kids from them.”
The centre also wants to see changes to the Criminal Code to facilitate the lifting of publication bans by victims who are now adults.
Meanwhile, Miller is encouraging anyone who’s been victimized to speak out.
“Your voice is the strongest thing you have. Speak out against it. Speak until somebody listens, help will come as soon as you speak out. And know it’s not your fault, it’s not your parents fault, it’s not your neighbours fault, it’s the person who’s doing it to you; it’s their fault. Speak out and help will come.”
(Picture courtesy of Global TV’s 16×9)