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In Memory of
Martin Arnold Kruze



For Martin's father, Imants, "Martin has become the Monument and his destiny of making a difference in the lives of others lives lives on by becoming intertwined with the legacy of the Monument."
Honouring Imants Kruze  

Imants Kruze as persisted over the years as one of the most ardent and consistent supporters of the "Reaching Out" Child Abuse Monument and of Dr. Irving's work. Imants has continued to show up at events and drop into the various Monument studios. He has coached, mentored and offered advise and direction. Imants has been successful in securing funding and media coverage. has been there for the Monument and the Monument has been there for him. He and his partner, Mara, leave flowers at the base of the Child Abuse Monument bronze figure in Dr. Irving's driveway every October 30 in memory of the anniversary of Martin Arnold's suicide.


Imants Kruze inspecting the bronze casting process details of Martin Arnold's quilt square that was sculpted by Dr. Michael Irving.
   

Just One Person

 


Martin Arnold Kruze

Quilt squares and writing on the column below are contributed by survivors victimized by the men of the sex ring working out of Maple Leaf Garden's from the late 1960's up to the mid 1980's.

 


Martin's Hope
Martin Arnold Kruze
1962-1987

Speaking at the "Men of Courage Conference" Dr. Irving stated, "I am proud to have cast Martin's hand, sculpt his portrait and provide him an immortality through the Monument as is happening for all of the brave Monument participants. "

In the1960's through into the 1980's a "sex ring" operated out of a variety of sports venues and schools in Toronto. These cowards inflicted harm on children from every walk of life. Most were twelve or thirteen at the time of their assaults.

Martin Arnold Kruze was one of the children groomed and taken in by this sex ring. At 32 years old he was one of the first courageous men to break the bond of shame and go the the Garden's officials with the tragic story of innocence stolen from him in childhood. He was seeking some way to deal with the ongoing suffering it left him with.

 

Initially Martin Kruze settled with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in 1993 for $60,000 in an agreement that also forced him into the silence of confidentiality about being molested by Hannah and Stuckless. Martin continued to suffer with the pain of child abuse and depression.

 

Breaking the Silence  

After Swift Current Broncos' coach Graham James' conviction of molesting Sheldon Kennedy Martin changed his mind about keeping his abuse hidden. Speaking out seemed like the best way to move forward and reach out to help and protect others. In February 1997 Martin Kruze told the world that he had been sexually abused as a youth at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Martin wanted to help others deal with the pain they had suffered and he wanted to raise awareness about abuse. “If I can help just one person, he would say, “Then I’ll have done my job.” In stepping forward Martin Kruze initiated the falling of a cascade of dominoes that prevented the harm to many other children and helped many survivors of this sex ring to come forward and seek help.

The media response was unprecedented. Soon 60 men and two women came forward to the police to tell the secrets that they had pledged never to tell. Many lives were profoundly touched in ways that Martin would never know. The story began to unfold of a ring of perpetrators at Canada's Hockey Shrine providing hockey pucks, sticks, memorabilia, game and concert tickets and access to the back rooms of Maple Leaf Gardens to little boys in return for sex.

There were claims that Gordon Stuckless, John Paul Roby and George Hannah and the sex ring they were associated with, cruelly touched the lives of hundreds more children at a variety of sports settings in Toronto.



I am reaching out
to save the children
of the future.
Brian

 

HOUSE OF PAIN

The House of Pain is where it began
Feeling the pain of another man’s hand.
Stolen trust ripped from our souls
made us lose our self control.
Bring back that child that was hurt so bad
Make him believe he could be a good lad!

Derrick B.

 

CHILDHOOD CRIES

Childhood cries cannot be heard
Reaching out for a whole new world
The pain inside will never go away
Make me believe in tomorrow, today.

Power and trust is what was broken
If I had the knowledge, I would have spoken.
Time has passed, how can it be
That I have no life, I have no dreams.
Life to me seems so unreal
Reaching out, only to feel
The boy inside is no longer real

Derrick B.

 

MY FRIEND, MY HERO

My friend, my hero
Climb out of your shell
Mak
e us believe
We’re not in hell
You’re the one who cleaned the ice
Because of you, I'm full of life
I thank you, Sir
I will never forget
The man who gave
The Gardens fits!

God Bless you Martin. We all
thank you and will never forget
the inspiration you showed us.
God Bless!

Derrick B.

 

An Incomprehensible Sentence

Martin wrote in his victim impact statement for Stuckless' sentencing hearing: "I've been full of anger, rage, guilt, shame, loneliness, terror and self-hatred"? The damage Stuckless did to scores of children was appalling. Stuckless was sentenced to less than two years imprisonment for a conviction of abusing 24 youth. Martin, like many victims of child abuse, was devastated by the low value that seemed to be placed on the loss of his childhood and innocence. Distraught by the wrongfully light sentencing Martin Kruze jumped to his death off the Bloor Viaduct three days later.

Martin paid the ultimate price with his life. The cost of abuse is high in so many ways. Martin's last words to his partner Jayne, who saw his torment in adult life, was that he was going for a long walk and a final, 'I love you.'

 


During welding process, Imants Kruze,
Martin Arnold's father, looks at his son's
memorial portrait sculpted by
Dr. Michael C. Irving.

Kruze Family Responds

Martin’s family put out a short statement and asked that it be placed on the Monument web site:

“The family is devastated over the loss of a wonderful son and brother. It is a tragedy that should never have happened.

We are extremely proud that Martin came forward to tell his story about his years of sexual abuse and that he was able to help so many other people come forward to tell their stories and begin to deal with their own tragedies.

In the end, we feel that Justice was not served and unfortunately, Martin paid the biggest price of all – with his own life.”

The Kruze Family

Grooming Vulnerable Children

The tragedy is that the family let Martin Arnold go downtown to the Garden's because they though it was a particularly safe and inspiring place for young boys to spend time at. The family was strongly interested in their three boy being immersed in sports -- hockey, basketball and soccer. At the time, the doors of the Maple Leaf Garden's premises, as a "Hockey Shrine", were like Churches of the time never locked.

Around age 13 Martin was introduced by his older brother to the incredible access to the Gardens, he got pulled into the allure when experienced "grooming" staff promised him a tryout with the Maple Leaf's junior team, the Marlies. In an interview before his death Martin stated,

"I kept coming back because I wanted that Marlies' tryout. I kept coming back because I could get onto the Leaf bench ... I was a pedophile's dream,"

The Maple Leaf's equipment manager George Hannah groomed Martin in the Leaf's dressing room during and after games with praise of calling him his "Number 1 boy." Martin got to sit in Ballard's private booth and watch the games with Hannah. The boys were selectively privileged to skate on the Toronto Maple Leaf ice after games or early in the morning.


The allure of being special at Canada's Hockey Shrine was intoxicating for young boys in the 1960's and 1970's.

Martin Reaches Out To Dr. Irving  

Martin met Dr. Irving in the spring of 1997 at a press conference to launch the CAST booklet "When a Child or Youth is Sexually Abused... A Guide for Youth, Parents and Caregivers." Martin was acknowledged in the booklet and was actively working to raise money for more printing runs.

Over several conversations Martin saw the Monument as something he could instantly become part of and that would be a vision for change for generations to come. The Monument was bigger than life and would definitely make a difference in the lives of other. To Martin the Monument was a vehicle to inspire others.

Early on Martin booked for a quilt square workshop for the fall. Unfortunately the workshop start time was close to Stuckless' sentencing hearing. Martin called Dr. Irving and said he was too stressed to attend the upcoming workshops and could he begin his sculpting his quilt square after the hearing was over. Sadly Martin never was able to attend a Monument quilt square workshop.

 


Pray's Freedom
Kruze Family Contact Dr. Irving  

After his death by suicide the Kruze family approached Dr. Michael Irving and said Martin was greatly inspired and impressed by what he saw as, "An epic memorial Monument Dr. Irving was creating." The family requested that Martin's wish of being part of the "Reaching Out Child Abuse Monument" be fulfilled.

Dr. Irving arranged for making a death mask of Martin through a cast of his hand. Martin's brothers, Gary and Ronald, assisted Dr. Irving in taking the cast of Martin's hand while Martin was resting in the casket. His brothers spent the morning speaking to Martin while Dr. Irving was carrying on Martin's wish of being part of something that would live on. Later the brothers were to say, "It was the most profound experience of their lives."

It would take another two years for Dr. Irving and Martin's father, Imants, to design a Monument quilt square appropriate to Martin's vision and legacy. Dr. Irving engraved the message Imants chose, "Martin's Hope" and sculpted a portrait from a special family photo of Martin in a visionary pose.


Derrick B. credits Martin Kruze's courage with helping him to come out and heal from the wounds of Maple Leaf Gardens



"We were trying to find the right kind of response to the problem of child abuse at Maple Leaf Gardens. It is an important reminder to us of the problems that happened at Maple Leaf Gardens, but I think the second part of it is the unique power of the Monument. All of those squares talk about really disturbing stories and yet for me, and most people looking at it, the impact of the Monument is one of inspiration.

 

Ken Dryden Reaches Out to Kruze Family

At the time of Martin's death Ken Dryden had only recently become President of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. The flag was lowered at Maple Leaf Gardens. Ken Dryden phoned the Kruze family from the USA and took the courageous step of asking the Kruze family if he could attend the funeral, which he did.

A few weeks later Dryden had an already scheduled meeting with Dr. Irving about the Child Abuse Survivor Monument Project. He asked the Kruze family to attend this meeting with Dr. Irving as a way to exploring bringing about some good from the terrible loss and tragedy at hand.

 

Maple Leaf Gardens' Forum on Child Abuse  

A key idea for the Monument Project was to find in road events and activities into the community that will further child abuse healing, awareness and prevention. These concepts coalesced with the desires of the Kruze family. Further agencies and groups addressing concerns of abuse were brought into ongoing meetings over the next few months with the result of a variety of innovative initiatives being undertaken.

Monument staff were principles in organizing a two-day Martin Arnold Kruze Memorial Forum at the Gardens the following Spring. The Forum included seminars on abuse and information for parents, teachers, coaches and children. Over a hundred organizations came from coast to coast across Canada.

A major display of the "Reaching Out Child Abuse Monument" was the feature exhibit filling a third of the ice space of Maple Leaf Gardens.

At the Forum a special press conference was held by the Maple Leafs Management and an official apology from the owners and heads of the organization was given to the Kruze family.

A forum in memory of Martin Kruze was held at Maple Leaf Gardens to get people to talk about the terrible crime of child abuse.

 

 

 

 


Our voices and stories must be heard. Derek D.

SHATTERED

My trust has been…
My faith has been…
My belief in most humans has been…
My love for myself has been…
My will to live at times has been…
My desire has been…
My faith in justice has been…
My dignity has been…
My family has been…
Most of all my childhood memories
Have been…
SHATTERED

Derek D.

 

At a two day Forum in memory of Martin Arnold Kruze Derek Dukalow comes out about his terrible experience of sexual abuse as a boy at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens and encourages others to do the same.

 


"Reaching Out Child Abuse Monument" Quilt Squares
and Information Highlights at the
Martin Arnold Kruze Memorial Forum

 

In Memory of Martin Arnold Kruze as a Hero by Derek Dukalow

With broken bones, cuts and scraps, the pain goes away and the bones mend in a short period of time. With child sexual abuse, the pain and emotional scars sometimes never go away and you never forget about it; EVER!!

Children are our future. We must do whatever it takes to protect them from all types of predators and dangers that are out there and even right here next to us.

Martin, you are my hero, my strength, my reason to carry on the fight to bring awareness of child sexual abuse. If it was not for you I can say that I probably never would have come forward about what had happened to me so many years ago. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you with great admiration and yet sorrow at the same time to see such a great and powerful man die so young and tragically.

I can say I have felt your pain to some degree. I have been to that point of no return, but fortunately or unfortunately which ever you want to look at it, I was unsuccessful. It was a pleasure just to have known you, even though it was only for a short period of time.

GOD BLESS YOU MARTIN KRUZE.

Garden's Survivors Join Dr. Irving

My hand is strong so you can't see the fear of the child inside of me,

So touch my hand and feel my pain,

And promise to never let it happen again.

Allan


For Allan his hand represents being free to admit what happened at Maple Leaf Gardens. It is his way of putting something out to say, "I am here." His quilt square was made in a workshop with other survivors from the Maple Leaf Garden’s sex abuse tragedy.

 

The Hand

A hand of wax
A hand of clay.
Making it takes
Some of the pain away

A hand of bronze
Or steel or gold
Keeps the memory young
As we grow old.

The hands around me
That form this quilt,
Are hands of strength
Not hands of guilt.

We stood up
For those who can’t
A brother, a sister,
An uncle, an aunt.

So touch my hand
And feel my pain
And promise to never
Let it happen again.

Allan


The next winter a group of men who had been abused as children at the Maple Leaf Gardens attended healing arts workshops in Dr. Irving's studio. They made sculpted quilt squares, writings and poetry that can be found in the column on the right side of this web page.

The Garden's survivor became active volunteers in Dr. Irving's studio and have made important contributions to seeing the "Reaching Out Child Abuse Monument" become a reality.


Dr. Irving painting patina on cast paper
edition of Martin Kruze sculpted quilt square.

 


Bronze cast of Martin Kruze quilt square
on "Reaching Out Child Abuse Monument"

 

Hockey Community Responds

Martin Kruze and Sheldon Kennedy spoke out together at a number of functions including the Oprah Show.

Canadian Hockey organizations have have shown remarkable strength in directly responding to the concerns of abuse.

Toronto Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment have provided a variety of types of participation, support and sponsorship of child abuse awareness and prevention activities and programs.

When the Maple Leaf Gardens officially closed in 1999 Larry Tanenbaum had to courage and vision to offer a donation of 10 percent of the proceeds of the auction of historical memorabilia from the Maple Leaf Gardens to the "Reaching Out" The Child Abuse Survivor Monument.


Larry Tanenbaum at the "Reaching Out
Child Abuse Monument display on the ice
of Maple Leaf Gardens

In response to the abuse of hockey player Sheldon Kennedy, the Canadian Hockey League had the courage to bring a variety of Canadian experts together to create an in depth report that is of value to sports and youth organizations in protecting children against abuse.

Player's First:
A Report
Commissioned by the CHL;
Prepared By:
Gordon I. Kirke, Q.C.

 


Martin Kruze first broke the silence and told police and Canadians about the sexual abuse of young boys at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. It was a revelation that shocked the hockey community and eventually lead to Martin Kruze’s death.


Sheldon Kennedy at the Maple Leaf Gardens exhibit of the Child Abuses Survivor Monument art, poetry and information highlights. After his skate across Canada, Sheldon donated an incredible 1 million dollars to Canadian Red Cross Abuse Prevention Services.


Michael painting the patina on Sheldon Kennedy's cast paper quilt square. The squares has a map of Canada with the route of Sheldon's skate along with the question, "Are we there yet?"

Cathy Vine Tells the Story  

Cathy Vine wrote a book Gardens of Shame: The Tragedy of Martin Kruze and the Sexual Abuse at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Author: Cathy Vine, and Paul Challen

Publisher: Groundwood Books,
Douglas & McIntyre Publishing Group
Toronto

A disturbing but honest account of the sexual abuse at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, told through the story of Martin Kruze.

Cathy Vine and Paul Challen tell the story of Martin Kruze, one of the victims of sexual abuse at Maple Leaf Gardens in the 1970s. In 1997, in a dramatic TV interview, Kruze revealed that as a young hockey player he had been sexually abused at Maple Leaf Gardens by Gordon Stuckless, an employee at the Gardens. Stuckless was eventually convicted and sentenced to two years less a day in prison. Three days after the sentencing, Martin Kruze jumped off a bridge to his death.

Kruze’s story is interspersed with the voices of other victims, who were compelled by Kruze’s disclosure to come forward with their own stories.

This powerful and moving account is both an expose of a shameful chapter in the history of Canadian sport and a testament to the human spirit.


Derek Dukalow holds back tears about being sexual abused as a boy at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens at a forum honouring Martin Arnold Kruze.

Kathy Vine
 

Martin Kruze Remembered Cathy Vine, M.S.W., November 15, 1999.

On February 18, 1997 Martin Kruze stepped forward and told Canadians across the country that he was a survivor of sexual abuse. This kind of telling is rare for survivors. Some tell a trusted friend, family member, or therapist - the majority never tell anyone. Instead, the oath of silence consumes them from within, absorbing their thoughts and weighing down their hearts for lifetimes.

What was it about Martin Kruze that compelled him to take the unusual step of speaking out? What was it that set him apart from so many, and in particular, beckoned the media to his door?

We need to ask these questions and attempt their answers so that we can continue to learn from Martin Kruze, Survivor - as he so proudly called himself - and the many women and men to whom Martin spoke most directly when he came forward. Although others have spoken publicly about their victimization - former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy revealed his abuse just a month before Martin - the media response to Martin's words was unprecedented.

Was it because the media cared about the sexual abuse of yet one more young person? Perhaps. Was it more likely that they responded in such force because of the setting in which the abuse took place? Without a doubt. In February 1997, Martin Kruze told the media that Gordon Stuckless and George Hannah had sexually abused him as a youth at Maple Leaf Gardens. Martin then told them that he did not want his identity protected as is the usual practice. Instead, he hoped that by putting himself forward, others would feel encouraged to do the same.

Pictures and stories flashed across the country through newspapers, magazines, television and radio. Canadians were shocked that this kind of gross misconduct could have taken place in their cathedral of hockey - the repository of everyone's dreams about getting close to, if not experiencing, fame and success through the national pastime. A visit to Maple Leaf Gardens was like stepping into the dreamworlds of many Canadian children and adults, for it epitomized the aspirations of anyone in our country who had ever handled a hockey stick.

Along with shock and outrage, disbelief and criticism greeted Martin's revelations as well. Some questioned the veracity of his telling: Could this really have happened? How could it have gone on for so long? Years earlier, Martin had sued Maple Leaf Gardens and reached a financial settlement with them. What was he doing coming forward now?

Thousands of Canadians who themselves have endured sexual abuse shook their heads in recognition, relief, admiration and fear, for here it was, once again, all of the attendant ugliness of sexual abuse being raised out of the depths of silence. When you don't tell, the only judge you have to face is yourself. When you do tell, you become the lightning rod for everyone's discomfort, apprehension and blame.

The media's obsession with this news story veered along several tendencies: celebrating Kruze's courage, questioning the integrity and circumstances surrounding his allegations and lambasting the management of Maple Leaf Gardens. As the airwaves and print media stamped out the news updates, a chain reaction was beginning to take place across the country: hundreds of men and a number of women were stopping in their tracks because what they were hearing and seeing in public was a mirror of their very own private hells. Yes, they too had been abused by these same men - and by others. One way or another,

Martin's decision to make his abuse public compelled them to do something about theirs. Hundreds stepped forward and contacted the police, others told someone they knew and still others lived a new version of their secret. Whatever the decision, there probably isn't one who didn't think about what exactly it would have taken to step forward in the way that Martin did.

And this is what was so compelling about Martin Kruze. He was a man of tremendous energy, strength, compassion and conviction. He was also a man with a taste for irony and humour. He was irrepressible and impatient. His blond hair, sweet smile, dapper suit and polished shoes were everywhere for a time.

Martin was a man on a mission and it was a deceptively simple one. Martin wanted to help others deal with the pain they had suffered and he wanted to raise awareness about abuse. "If I can help just one person," he would say, "then I'll have done my job." Martin did do his job. He gave countless interviews and was forthright about his abuse experiences and the effects on his life.

While Martin's initial celebrity derived from his shameful link to Maple Leaf Gardens, Martin's continued willingness to express feelings and describe experiences so rarely declared in public created a new kind of celebrity - a hero for survivors. He was someone who could have really been anyone. He talked again and again about living with confusion, pain and fear. He spoke about his addiction to drugs and to sex. He spoke about feeling worthless and hopeless and wanting to die.

To this day, many call Martin Kruze their inspiration; many credit him with saving their lives. While some call him hero, others remember too well the dangers of heroizing important people in their lives. Martin was flattered by the attention and it meant a great deal to him to be making a difference to others. Inspiration and hope abounded.

When the media flurry began to pass, he focused on what he could do next to help. Martin Kruze became a volunteer. He brought his energy and passion to the Central Agencies Sexual Abuse Treatment Program in Toronto and helped launch a handbook for parents and youth coping with sexual abuse. "If I had had this kind of information when I was younger," he said, "I would have had somewhere to reach out to."

Martin supported the Gatehouse in Etobicoke when it was still a dream living in a broken building. His own goal was to build a centre for abused boys. But in the meantime, he made himself available to help in any way that he could. He sent faxes of information on sexual abuse to anyone who took an interest, each arrival announced by his cover sheet: a giant hand drawn 'happy face' placed under his title, "Survivor". Martin created this role for himself and he carried it out every day that he could.

Along with all of his life-charging qualities, however, Martin was also a man who had been profoundly violated and wounded. In spite of all that he continued to do for himself and for others, and the clear benefits of years of therapy and support, he still hurt. Even though so many of us got to meet survivor Martin Kruze through his interviews, television appearances and volunteer work, we really only ever knew the Martin that he invited us to know.

When the high from his goodwill mission began to unravel, he hid his troubles from the many who cared for him, just as he had hidden his abuse for so many years before. He could no longer numb or wash away the hurt, let alone repair it fast enough to make his life livable. The public persona, which so many had come to admire, could not defeat the anguish that he continued to endure so privately.

Throughout the time he opened this window into his life, the trial and sentencing of one of his offenders proceeded. Once again, there was significant media attention when an alarmingly short sentence was given to Gordon Stuckless. Although Martin was only one of twenty-four men whose victimization was being addressed through this trial, many of Martin's fellow survivors felt that the brevity of the sentence was an affront to Martin in particular.

On October 30, 1997, Martin Kruze committed suicide. His departure was as public and as intentional as his arrival had been. Hearts broke and the barely mended lives of the men who were most affected by him were shattered. As ugly and painful as the act of suicide may be, it needs to be included in our memories of Martin Kruze.

Martin was only one of the many survivors who have found themselves at suicide's door - and characteristically, Martin did publicly what thousands have considered, attempted or carried out privately. As a public figure, Martin's death by suicide became front page and lead story news. The media was responding to Martin Kruze again. Any other survivor's death, let alone daily plight, would likely have gone unnoticed and unreported.

First Martin Kruze needed to be heard. Now he needs to be remembered. If we don't remember and learn from a man who stepped courageously forward in all of his goodness and brokenness, how can we acknowledge and honour each and every child and adult, whose lives are profoundly, quietly affected by sexual abuse? Martin spoke about sexual abuse when the silence surrounding it was deafening. Martin made public what so many experience in shame and fear.

Martin was one person who made a difference. His individual efforts and actions were magnified a thousand times through the media. Many others carry out their own efforts each day, facing the same risks, and sometimes experiencing the satisfaction of knowing that they too have helped someone. Whatever the means and aspirations, the personal costs can be tremendous.

Comprehensive efforts and initiatives are needed to bolster what survivors continue to do, often alone. They've already lived alone with abuse for too long. The individual and collective steps we keep taking to create greater safety for children and survivors will be the truest legacy of Martin Kruze.

Martin Kruze Remembered by Cathy Vine, M.S.W., November 15, 1999.

 
Sick Perpetrators  

John Paul Roby

Gordon Stuckless
 

In 1988, Stuckless pleaded guilty to assaulting a boy and received a short jail sentence. In 1989 the Garden's became aware Stuckless was a convicted pedophile. When Stuckless was arrested for abusing boys at Maple Leaf Gardens he on probation, following 14 months incarceration for sexual assaults in the early 1990's on several children in York Region.

In 1997 Stuckless pleaded guilty to 24 counts of sexual and indecent assault associated with abuse at Maple Leaf Gardens and was sentenced to 2 years less a day. There was Martin's suicide and other public outrage about this ridiculous light sentencing.

In the appeal on June 25, 1998 AUGUST 10, 1998 Abella, Austin and Borins JJ.A. of the Ontario Court of Appeal Court File No. C28532 came to the conclusion:

Sentence — Sexual offences — Accused pleading guilty to 24 charges of indecent and sexual assault — Offences taking place over 30-year period and involving boys between 10 and 15 years of age — Acts involving oral sex and masturbation — Impact on victims severe — Accused having purposefully established relationships of trust with victims for own sexual gratification — Trial judge erred in principle in characterizing offences as being at lower end of spectrum by virtue of absence of force or violence — Trial judge also erred in principle in concluding that general deterrence had no role in sentencing of pedophiles — Sentence of two years less one day and three years' probation unfit — While fit sentence would be total of six years' imprisonment, sentence of five years' imprisonment imposed to take account of eight months' pre-trial custody.

With this appeal ruling Stuckless' sentence was increased to five years. After serving two-thirds of his sentence he was paroled in February 2001, which was again followed by great public outrage.

Roby was convicted in 1999 of sexually molesting 26 boys and one girl over a period of three decades, more than half of the 57 charges against him. While in prison he was declared a dangerous offender, which allowed the Crown to leave him in prison indefinitely. At 58 a pathetic Roby was found dead in his cell at Kingston Penitentiary in Ontario.

George Hanna, a long time equipment manager with the Toronto Marlboros, died in 1985 before the abuse came to public light. Even though he was dead at the time of the Garden's trials the courts found while convicting Gordon Stuckless that at Maple Leaf Gardens Stuckless was:

...having the boys perform sexual acts with each other in front of him and his Maple Leaf Gardens supervisor, George Hanna, while he and Hanna masturbated; having the boys perform oral sex on George Hanna; and participating with Hanna in group sex with the boys.

 
Kruze Family Tackles Suicide Magnet  

The Danforth-Bloor Viaduct Bridge was becoming recognized as a "suicide magnet" that had a high incidence of suicides. To give further meaning to Martin's courage and struggles the Kruze family worked diligently to see that a suicide barrier, six crisis help phones and signage would be installed at the Danforth-Bloor Viaduct Bridge.

Teresa and Gary Kruze appeared before the Urban Environment and Development Committee in connection the suicide project at the Bloor Street Viaduct. They made submissions along with the Bridge Committee of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario and the Bloor Viaduct Project Steering Committee

On May 11 and 12, 1999, the Toronto City Council authorized an increase funding by $1.0 million for the Prince Edward Viaduct Suicide Deterrent that would allow the $5.5 million project to proceed. The Bloor Viaduct had averaged one suicide every three weeks. No reported deaths have occurred since the suicide barrier went up that the Kruze family so diligently fought for on behalf of the memory of Martin Arnold Kruze.

 


Danforth-Bloor Viaduct "Suicide Magnet"
protected by installation of Suicide Deterrent.

 

 
Abuse Still Coming to Light  

A decade after Martin came forward men are still reporting abuse by the sex ring working out of Maple Leaf Garden's in the 1970's.

 
Ten Year Anniversary of Martin's Death  
 

In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month and in tribute to the memory of Martin Arnold his Sister-in-Law, Teresa Kruze, wrote, produced and narrated a sensitive one-hour documentary show, Voice of Courage – The Martin Arnold Kruze Story, for OMNI1 in the fall of 2007. Martin's father Imants provided remarkable archival super 8 film for this documentary.

 
Links About Martin Arnold Kruze  

Teresa Kruze, Producer. Rogers OMNI.1; Present World Television Premiere: "Voice of Courage – The Martin Arnold Kruze Story"

Chris Zelkovich, Sports Media Columnist. Powerful documentary honours the life, vision of Martin Kruze; Project was emotional for sister-in-law Teresa. Oct 27, 2007

CityNews.ca Staff New Lawsuits Launched In Maple Leaf Gardens Sex Scandal; Thursday March 29, 2007

Cathy Vine. Gardens of shame: The tragedy of Martin Kruze and the sexual abuse at Maple Leaf Gardens

Timothy Rollins, Columnist THE AMERICAN PARTISAN. "Beneath the Surface; "What Is Wrong With This Picture? February 252001

Timothy Rollins, Columnist THE AMERICAN PARTISAN. JOHN PAUL ROBY, ROT IN HELL ... November 12, 2001

CBC News Hockey club holds sex abuse seminar Last Updated: Saturday, November 14, 1998

Tom Fennell, Maple Leaf Gardens Sex Scandal. Maclean's March 10, 1997

 
"Follow Site Web Ring"
GO TO: CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND INTERNET

 

 


The silence must be
broken.
Stop Child Abuse.

 


Abuse is uncool man.
Moiz

 


Abuse is mean.
Simone, age 9

 


Stop hurting children.

 


It makes me sick.
I hope they go to hell!

 


You idiot.
I think child abuse
is mean,
don to children
by grown ups that
are drunk.
Teddy, age 10

 


Child abuse is bad.
Dara, age 9

 


I do not like people bad.
Amal

 


Stop Stop Stop Stop
I think child abuse
is not right.
My point of view
is that child abuse
should be illegal.
Latisha, age 11

 


Please protect kids.
Alex

 


A child's mind is pure
and innocent. Don't pollute
it with your actions.
Consider their feelings!!!

 


Child abuse is wrong.
People who hurt
should go to jail.
They should understand
kids have feelings too.
Phylis, age 17

 


I am a survivor.

 


If you suspect child abuse,
Don't give up.
Make someone listen.

 


Tell someone.
Paul

 


Child abuse is disgusting
and against the law.
Children should be free
to go places, without
the worry of being abused.
Domonique

 


I think it is scary!
Myles, age 11

 


This hand shall forever
know the pains and woes
that sorrow sows.
Fred, age 17

 


It's NOT your fault.

 


Child abuse hurts us all.
There is another way.
Bob, age 54

 


Help Children Achieve
There Best!
Coach Harold

 


Lend a hand and let's
stop the abuse!!
Ashley, age 13

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