Harsher Punishment

Topics: Rape, Sex offender, Human sexual behavior Pages: 3 (677 words) Published: December 16, 2006
To prey upon, overpower and sexually assault children and women is an especially heinous crime to me. What is even more distressing is that the punishment for rape, child abuse (both physical and sexual), and other sexually based offenses is not in my opinion harsh enough. Lawrence Singleton whose case is well known, served only eight years after he picked up a 15 year-old hitchhiker drove her to a wooded area were he raped her and chopped her forearms off with an axe. He left her for dead on the side of the road, but she survived to testify against him. After he was released he brutally murdered a woman in his home. A child molestation case in Texas left the community upset after a man was due to be released after serving only a six year sentence for raping a six-year old boy. He told police that he got away with abusing over 240 children before getting caught for molesting a single child, and if he got out he would do it again.

Sexual predators repeating their crimes is no surprise to the justice system or anyone else. Sex offenders are among the highest reoccurring offense population in the United States probation system. The number of prisoners sentenced for violent sexual assault other than rape increased an average of nearly 15%. That's faster than any other category of violent and non-violent crimes except drug trafficking. Its extremely alarming to me considering that there is not a good enough deterrent for these predators to not act on their urges. They are not being put away for life and there is a slim to none chance of rehabilitation for them. There are some people who believe that chemical castration is the best, and really the only option to prevent repeat offenses. In my personal opinion, to remove the organ completely would be much more efficient and effective. To some my notion may seem cruel and morbid, but the only compassion I feel is for the victims of these sick individuals who physically violated and mentally scarred them rest of there...
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