Abuser can’t claim ig­no­rance as ex­cuse

Daily News - - METRO - E MOOD­LEY Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

WHILE Col­lan Rex’s ex­pe­ri­ences of abuse while a pupil at Park­town Boys’ High School are very sad, it should have no ef­fect on his sen­tenc­ing (“Col­lan Rex blames school”, Daily News, Novem­ber 28).

What hap­pened in his past can­not ex­plain away his sex­ual mo­lesta­tion of boys, who were en­trusted to him by par­ents and the school. In fact, his ex­pe­ri­ence should have made him to more sym­pa­thetic to those in his charge.

If he re­garded the abuse as “an ex­cepted norm” and did not re­port it at the time it hap­pened to him, then he is a twisted in­di­vid­ual.

He can­not plead ig­no­rance of the wrong­ful­ness of his ac­tions, when the world is presently fo­cused on pre­vent­ing the abuse of women and chil­dren.

He should be locked away for as long as our law will al­low.

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