By Alyssa Hussein, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
On February 23rd, 2015 Windsor’s first homicide of the year occurred. 49-year-old Carol Shaw was killed and sexually assaulted in an apartment by 26-year-old Richard Scott Raymond, who was then charged with first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault.
Carol Shaw was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. This tragic assault and murder was the third account reported on OAITH’s 2015 Femicide List. Although the relationship between Carol and Richard is still unknown, this case is a clear representation of gender-based violence in society.
Occupants of the apartment where the incident occurred were questioned about Carol and the accused Richard who had a history of substance abuse. No one knew either individual, but on the night of the murder, one man heard a woman screaming and a man yelling and swearing.
This gender based attack, whether targeted or not, involved sexual assault. Unfortunately, sexual assault is a widespread issue in Canada. It is reported that 1 in 4 North American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. In incidents where relationships are unknown, much like this situation, what can we do to offer support? In addition to available sexual assault resources, we can raise awareness about the issue, initiate conversations regarding the treatment of women and educate our communities that violence should never be the answer.
Today, we would like to remember this wonderful woman and honour her by encouraging support and safe places for people to understand the consequences of violence. We can take steps to prevent tragic deaths and assaults like this from happening in order to protect the women, children or any other individuals affected by this type of violence.
Special thanks to OAITH for putting together the Annual Femicide List. Since 1995 The Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Housing began collecting the names of women, and their children, murdered by their intimate partners, as a way to remember victims, honour their lives and advocate for meaningful change.