The Toronto Police are now investigating a video posted on Tuesday of a young man urinating on a street person. The video appears to have been taken at Eaton Centre in front of the H & M store.
For those that work with the homeless this video represents just one of the daily assaults that their clients face.
Anne Marie Batten, a crisis nurse with Street Health, said that the video was appalling. "We work to give people dignity and something like this video strips dignity away."
It's not unusual for Batten to hear about assaults that her clients deal with from the public. They tell her about attacks they face every day during their time with her. Batten said that the video does have people talking about those assaults.
"We're all talking now. This is what street people face constantly. They deal with assaults on a daily basis. We know this as crisis workers," Batten said sadly.
Today at Street Health the phone lines have not stopped from media wanting to tell the story of the video. It's a story though that could be told any day of the week but without a viral video it goes unsaid.
Last month Ve’ahavta, a group that works with the homeless spent 48 hours on the street. During their first night one of the volunteer's shoes were taken as a 'prank.' That prank is a reality for those that live on the streets.
It's speculated that Bill Buss died alone and hidden because of his fear of being a victim of crime. Buss' remains were found under a building's crawl space early this summer.
This video, although just posted yesterday, appears to have taken place during the holiday season. When the act takes place those witnessing the assault are heard laughing in the background. Comments on the site that is hosting the video though do not show laughter, they show the disgust that the public feels about the act.