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I was also treated very badly by my step-dad - more than a few hospital visits because of him. Once he broke my cheek bone and I missed school for a month to avoid questioning. He was sick and twisted in his punishments too, not in a sexual way but in a physically abusive and emotionally/psychologically humiliating way. I am glad to say that he has seen the errors in his ways as he grew older and wiser. I hated him with my entire being when I was young, and now I'm wise enough to realize that he was young and didn't know how to handle himself in stressful situations.
They should also not be allowed to be around children unsupervised until a therapist in conjunction with a court deems them fit to do so.
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
reply to post by DeadSeraph
to cite your source - the canadian was SENTENCED to 18 months - what sentence did the prosecution want / what is the max permitted ? , in the american case the prosecution is REQUESTING a 45 year sentence - lets see what the court awards
Philp noted that deterrence and denunciation are paramount factors in cases where children are subjected to violence, but rejected a Crown call for a harsher sentence because of the abuser’s Aboriginal background.
Originally posted by rtyfx
reply to post by DeadSeraph
I'm not trolling and you damn well know it.
Two years is light.
What I read in this thread is no better than the child abusers themselves. There are some sick people here.edit on 10/9/2012 by rtyfx because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Evil_Santa
I can understand your disgust, but you're not really looking at the larger picture of the US vs Canada penal systems.
In the US we have private prisons that are for-profit corporations. To these companies, it is in their best interest to have people sentenced for long periods, but also to not focus on helping people with mental illness to avoid being a repeat offender. Even our government assisted health care programs, are pretty terrible at this, with only a 10% - 20% success rate at treating individuals with mood disorders.
Canada has a bit of a better rate at helping these people overcome their issues and return to society as healthy individuals.
Feeling disugust at the actions of these people is a natural response, and doubly when you consider the damage this is going to instil into these children's and how their brain develops. However, we can help both the offender, and victim through the right treatment plans, and I feel that it is a positive step for a society to take, to help someone become a healty member of society - then pay $50,000/yr to keep them locked up. It's also cheaper.
Originally posted by MrWendal
I would not go singing the praises of the US justice system. There are many cases of child rape and child abuse where the sentence is very light for much the same reasons as listed in the Canadian case used in the OP.
This is especially true with sex offenders, here in the US there are many cases where these people get released to offend again and again and again.