Death Penalty for Rape

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The Death Penalty for Rape in the United States

Since our country was formed the use of the Death Penalty has always been a controversial subject mainly because, the government is taking an individual’s life. This has been a form of punishment for thousands of years and for hundreds of years in the United States. It has been debated for years that the death penalty is unconstitutional and many people have thought that it violates the 8th amendment because it is possibly a “cruel and unusual punishment”. It has since been left up to the states to decide if they will allow the death penalty or eradicate it. As we go deeper into the subject of capital punishment we are met with even more controversy as we approach the subject of using the death penalty against non-homicide crimes namely rape. Rape in our country is considered a very serious crime the penalties for rape are also very severe, they include prison time and indefinite registration as a sexual offender, yet some people are at times infuriated because rapists do not receive the death penalty.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary rape is “unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent”. Rape is a horrible act that can ruin a victim’s life permanently, by causing severe mental trauma and also the risk of trading STD’s between the perpetrator and the victim. Although our country views rape a very malicious crime we have decided that rapists cannot be executed (Coker v. Georgia, 1977), because it is according to the Supreme Court “in a split decision on June 29, 1977, ruled that capital punishment is grossly disproportionate to the crime of rape and is therefore prohibited by the Eighth Amendment as cruel and unusual punishment.”

In my opinion some crimes are just too outrageous and evil to allow it to go without a punishment of death, allowing these people to take a life sentence which is basically the taxpayers paying room and board for these criminals and they are contributing nothing to our society. These crimes which don’t involve someone dying have been thought by some to be worse than murder, and these crimes not only impact the lives of individuals but some of them impact the security of our nation and that is why it is considered so serious. These crimes include treason, one of the most disgraceful crimes in our legal system it is best described according to Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign's family.” When it comes to treason the death penalty has been used numerous times in our country’s history in order to protect the country as a whole. This is a perfect example of how the death penalty is used in non-homicide crimes.

There are many positive aspects of using the death penalty on rapists and other sexual offenders. The positive aspects are not many but in my opinion the product of these three aspects can be very significant in lowering the amount of rapes in this country and also doing justice in our legal system.

There is no doubt that rape is a malicious crime and many people believe that it should be dealt with the harshest punishments that our country has to offer which of course is death. This belief is also shared by parents because as parents they are very scared for their children safety and innocence. This is more of a moral look at the punishment for this crime not a logical view of it. Another positive benefit that we can achieve buy executing rapists is that it will be an amazing deterrence. The death penalty for rape will in theory scare potential rapists and will bar them from raping and innocent woman or child. The last...
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