Let me clarify my statement........
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|Sun, 11-15-2009 - 7:36pm|
to Healingjourney about wishing that rape and being shot were the same thing. Some of you have totally disagreed but I was looking at it from a prosecutorial point of view...not the victims.
When someone is shot, the perpetrator is charged with either attempted murder(if the person doesn't die) or assault with a deadly weapon. Rape SHOULD be the same. Rape has consequences for the victim that can led to their death due to PTSD or depression or even a fatal STD so ANY rape should be considered the same as being shot in that the potential for life threatening consequences is there. But it is not. The true charge is and should be...rape with a potentially deadly emotional weapon. At least rapists who pass along HIV are now being prosecuted for attempted murder and murder if the person succumbs to AIDS..
If more people saw rape as a potentially fatal assault, they might stop the back room snickering that hinders finding the perp and the community silence that often follows a rape....."what did she do to ask for it" syndrome. No one asks if someone asks to be shot. Cops don't wonder what the woman did to entice the "shooter" but they do for "the rapist".
In a perfect world, the world I want to see, rape and sex assault crimes of children would be prosecuted more vigorously than any others as the perpetrators are known to be people who usually don't stop. Stop them and throw away the key. Murderers often get off with little time served and sex crimes are even worse and then we wonder why they are repeated. Because we don't take them seriously. It takes a child's murder to finally stop certain child molesters. How many murders could have been stopped if we re-wrote the criminal codes to reflect the emotional toll it takes on the victim and take the appropriate action in the beginning instead at the end. It's not all about killing a person. Some crimes may not kill that moment, but the emotional effect may be just as bad or may result in the eventual death of the victim but it is never prosecuted.
I'm not saying that rape is not as bad as being shot...I'm saying it is worse.
And I'm also saying the survivors should be just as celebrated as those who are nearly killed. If not more.