Rape is rape (now, can somebody please tell the judges)

This is really bad…The judge overturned a 2-year sentence for 6 men that gang-raped 12-year-old girls. Not only that, he said the men had “positive good character” for confessing.

British judges free child rapists, say 12-year-old wanted sex

In March, six British soccer players confessed to gang-raping two 12-year-old girls and were sentenced to two years behind bars. But last week, an Appeal Court overturned the sentence, and all of the men were freed.

The reasoning? “The girls wanted to have sex,” said Lord Justice Moses, who was among the deciding judges. “And  they had pretty miserable, fleeting sex in a freezing cold park.”

Rape is rape  –  sign the petition to the FBI here

For 82 years, the FBI has defined “forcible” rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” This means that rapes using fingers or an object aren’t counted–as well as non-consensual anal and oral penetration. The rapes of men, boys and transgender people also fall outside the legal definition. What’s more, the emphasis on “forcible” means that other categories of rapes often aren’t counted, either: those of victims who were unconscious, unable to consent because of physical or mental disabilities, or those where drugs or alcohol were used to gain control over the victim.

 

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2 comments on “Rape is rape (now, can somebody please tell the judges)

  1. marcusmoore says:

    I applaud your post.

    Lenient sentences for those convicted of rape are a sad reflection on how poor the judges are in the UK. Our politicians are just as bad.

    Here’s another example on the same issue: http://marcusmoore.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/trial-offers/

    • miss j says:

      Thanks for commenting, Mr. Moore. Yes, the family court judges are awful too – I have a bunch of posts on them. I stopped by your blog too – thanks for the referral.

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