Because It Is In The News These Days
I feel that rapists should be killed.
I’m not a proponent of the death penalty, in general, because too many mistakes are still being made: overzealous prosecutors, under-qualified public defenders, cover-ups, recanting witnesses, etc.
I also think that the definitions of “sexual offender” are too broad in the current legal system: a 17-year-old who gets drunk and walks around at a party without his pants on is, in the eyes of the law, a sexual predator who, for the rest of his life, is required to register with local law enforcement. That’s ridiculous.
Murder can be an unanticipated result: an argument gone too far, a rush of anger, actions taken without thinking them through. I’m not saying there should be no punishment involved, but I do believe that, given treatment, these people can be rehabilitated and returned to society (as long as their time in prison isn’t one long physical and mental abusive period, which only results in worse delinquents being returned to society — the incarceration system in the US is terribly broken and needs to be fixed, I agree).
On the other hand, I don’t believe that rapists can be rehabilitated. Such an act of aggression and violence is never done “by accident” (even date rape; but I agree that there should be a gradation of definitions; see the third paragraph).
Rape is also pretty unequivocally provable (sperm does not lie; see the second paragraph).
Murder is bad, but we condone some forms of murder (war, anyone?). Rape is never condoned. If one rapes, one should die. Period.
I wonder if my strong sentiments on this are because I am a woman. Perhaps. I would like to hear your thoughts. Anyone?
Also, as I said last night on Facebook: There is no such thing as “unlawful sex with a 13-year-old”. The correct term is “rape”. (And the fact that all media outlets I read/listen to chose the former term rather than the latter term in discussing the Polanski case saddens me and reinforces my feeling of being an outsider in our male-centered society).