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Light sentence isn’t right

July 19, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Can we really be silent when once again, as another case of criminal sexual conduct is reduced and once again a light sentence is handed out, when another victim's story is played around with by the attorneys until it isn't even recognizable?

Who truly believes that we have a justice system?

Who does this really serve?

I can't know all the details, but enough is said in the paper, that 15 to 20 rapes to a child between the ages of 5 and 8 years, and the perpetrator gets 100 days. How is this right in our world?

The courage it took for this victim to step forth is the same fuel I hope she can use to continue to speak for herself, to stand up with her truth, and to know, that no matter how it is received, it isn't her fault.

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The heroine in this story is the one who not only survived being raped as a child, but has the courage to let us all know who did it, so the rest can be forewarned.

I am happy he was caught at such a young age, but am very concerned that in 100 days, he will be a free man.

From what I understand, the healing rate of pedophiles is slim to none.

So, this young person warned the courts and the courts felt the need to reduce the charges and set him free.

Our task as the general public is to take notice. Notice that a pedophile has been set free again. This is in our community. Next election for prosecutor, remember this.

And to the judge who said it was "unfair and causes pain and hurt." Really, unfair? No Judge, it was a crime. And more damage is caused by allowing this man to leave the courtroom with a slap on the wrist.





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