Harsher sentences needed for rape, abuse
FROM: ROBIN ALBRIGHT ELKTON
Recently the Whig reported on the story of Mr. Devincentz, who was sentenced to 25 years for sexually abusing a child.
I commend Judge Keith Baynes for imposing such a long sentence. The offenders, either of child abuse or rape, need to realize that this behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Too often these offenders are giving little or no repercussions for their actions. They need to be held responsible for their actions.
Recently, in two rape cases, judges have given little time for sexual assaults. In Massachusetts, David Becker received two years probation in August 2016 for raping two unconscious females. In the Brock Turner sexual assault case, he raped a 23-yearold unconscious victim, but only received a six-month sentence and lifetime sex offender registration. The judge said he feared a “longer sentence” would have a severe impact on Turner and his father complained that his son’s life has been ruined for his “20 minutes of action.”
The sentences that the judges gave these two rapist anger me greatly. To the judge and the father, I would like to ask: What about the victims? Don’t they think what happened has affected these ladies? How dare the father of Brock Turner complain that his son life has been ruined for “20 minutes of action.” Is a murderer then not responsible for shooting someone because it only took two seconds to pull the trigger? I am sure Brock’s father would feel different if it was his daughter that was raped. These rapist need to be held responsible for their crimes.
Survivors of child abuse or sexual assault will continue to have trauma symptoms for several years and perhaps a lifetime. Many survivors may even take their own lives unable to deal with what happened. Woman are not asked to be raped, just as children are not asked to be abused. How can one expect victims of abuse or rape come forward if they are not believed, are re-victimized, and no justice is really given? Tougher sentences need to be given so offenders know that our society means business and this behavior will not be tolerated. We need to speak up for those who are voiceless.
I appreciate Judge Baynes for taking Mr. Devincentz’s case seriously. I wish other judges would impose similar rulings. It is time for the justice system to stand up for survivors of rape.