Monday, January 07, 2008

Queensland Prosecutor Who Resigned Over Gang Rape Case Claims He Was Following Directions

From ABC Australia:

[Former Crown Prosecutor, Steve Carter] was heavily criticised for failing to seek jail terms for nine offenders who raped a 10-year-old girl on Cape York in 2005, but says that is what his superiors told him to do. But Queensland's acting Premier Paul Lucas says a review found Mr Carter did not receive sentencing instructions.

This is an interesting claim and one that could be true even if there is no written record of sentencing instructions given to Carter. The attitudes behind giving no jail time to sex offenders are well-established and not just with certain populations within Australia as some people have speculated.

For many people, if the victim isn't perceived as an "innocent" victim for whatever reason then jail or prison time seems like an unjust sentence. Often the fallout from previous abuse is what stops people from seeing a victim as "innocent" when that person is in reality someone who has been harmed and who has been changed by that harm.

Repeated sexual abuse or repeated rape doesn't minimize the severity of the latest crime that was committed even if the victim seems to have no emotional reaction to that abuse. What many people see as no harm is a form of shock which helps the victim endure what no one should have to endure.

For too many people if they can't see the harm, they want the legal system to act as if there was no harm. But the laws and the sentences shouldn't be based on the desires of the uncaring or the unknowing even when they claim to be neither of these.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 9:13 AM   1 comments links to this post


At January 07, 2008 11:07 AM, Blogger Rhea said...

Have you heard about this:

It never ends. Men are so hateful.


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