Punishments should fit the crimes
Many of you read my story in the papers a few weeks ago about the devastating effects of sexual abuse. One of my greatest frustrations is how the justice system deals with sexual assault cases and the length of sentences given to such criminals.
In Saturday’s paper, there was a story of a man who was denied parole, he was imprisoned for drug charges and having weapons. I applaud this decision, but it frustrates me because it seems that sentences given out for people who sexually abuse children are not taken as seriously considering the damage caused by such a crime.
In October of 2015, The Guardian published a story about an Island man who has sexually abused his daughter for years. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, as he should be. Yet the justice system seems to think it is OK to grant him day parole. Why? This not only puts the victim in a danger, it also puts every child on the Island in danger. Why does he deserve day parole?
In April 2016, another Island man was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for sexually molesting three young girls. In January 2017, a man was sentenced to nine months in jail for sexual assault. Clearly our justice department is not taking the sexual assault of women and children seriously. The impact on the victim of these crimes is long-term, the sentence should be as well.
Sexual assault is a crime that had deep psychological and physiological effects on the victims. It can take years of therapy to deal with the negative impact of such a crime. The sexual abuse of children, I feel, is even more harmful because children do not have the ability to understand what is happening.
It is time for our leaders and our justice department to look at the impact of such a crime and give out sentences that are merited. This has to stop.
Anne Gallant, Kensington