posted on Jan, 4 2008 @ 04:07 AM
reply to post by elusivetruth
The guy raped her presumably when she was 9 years old. Prosecutors have been pursuing the case for 5 years, not just for her benefit but the wider
community. If her stepfather is so ashamed them perhaps he should plead guilty and prevent the girl from needing to testify at all.
She has missed more than one court appointment, the 'I didn't know any better argument' fails after the first time.
I don't agree with locking her in jail - it is heavy handed but if this guy did indeed rape her at the age of 9 then the now 14 year old should
follow through what she started to ensure that every 9 year old in the community is protected. She has to testify to ensure a conviction and she is
not only not co-operating but obviously stringing the prosectors along wasting everyones time. Where is the mother? Why should the mother be
ashamed, her job is to protect her daughter and the best way she can do that is to get her daughter to court when she is supposed to be there.
As I said I do not agree with locking a victim up but I can see why the prosecution may have felt that this was their only hope of getting the girls
testimony. It must be incredibly frustrating and it is easy to judge when all the facts of the case are not presented. Perhaps if the rape advocates
were more proactive and less critical of the system she would have received the support that she required to attend court. The system can only do so
much within the parametres it is set.
At the end of the day the courts are trying to protect this girl and others, I doubt very much that their decision was taken lightly.