posted on Apr, 15 2009 @ 02:39 PM
Bah, until prison becomes an effective rehabilitory system EVERYONE deserves to be protected from it. There is a purpose for punishment, and that
purspose is NOT "to inflict pain upon those who harmed others" it is to help them learn a better way to be. Our prison system, on the other hand,
chews people up and spits them back out much worse for society than they went in.
Point number two is that I am a psyche worker, and i deal with children. I often see children who have sexually abused other children, some
perpetrators as young as 7. I HAVE seen the massive amount of how much this is a cycle, how most of those perpetrators had been raped in their youth,
and they reenact that out upon other victims...this is a common human pattern, and often the perps are victims as much as anything else. Perhaps this
is easier for me to see than others because the "perps" i deal with are 7, 8, and 9 year olds that also cry for their mothers and are scared of
monsters under the bed at night, while they clutch their teddy bears. The humanity is there, its just lost in the confusion and pain of events they
went through themselves.
Point number 3 is that in our justice system, 18 year olds having sex with their 16 year old lovers are categorized the same way that violent
serial rapists are, as are, apparently, 14yo girls who take pictures of themselves naked on their phone and text it to their boyfriends....so until
this also is cleared up, YES our sex offenders deserve protection.
There is a name for punishment for the sake of punishment, and without hope of redemption. That name is sadism. As any thinking human knows,
vengeance harms the soul of the avenger much as the original crime harmed the soul of both the perpetrator and the victim.