Amen to that Sparky! I like your "spark!" That's the kind of things that gets fires lit under apathetic arses, and motivates & encourages those who really give a damn about survivors.
For sure I'm no legal expert, but it seems to me that it's money that talks.
This priest getting 4 lousy months for sexually abusing a 12 year old girl is not unusual. It is more like the norm for such sexual offenses, as well as for many crimes of violence.
But who has ever heard of someone getting 4 months
for forgery of checks or financial documents, counterfeiting money, or embezzeling even small amounts of money?
I haven't. In fact, for most such financial offenses, 4 years would be generous.
Yes it's offensive, but it seems evident to me that even in our legal system money does the talking. Money is more important than people. Especially sexually abused people, whom the system
seems to think can just get over it.
Yeah right! :rolleyes:
So maybe we survivors & advocates need to talk money to the powers that be.
How much money is spent on the multitudes of survivors of SA & other abuses, & traumas, and the many physical & psychological diseases & disorders that stem from these traumas? How much of this comes out of the taxes people pay? How many lost work hours and paid taxes are there, and how much is that costing everybody?
Brothers, you know I'm not saying we survivors do not need & should not have these resources & helps available to us, nor that we may need some time off work. Heck I'm parttime on disability leave right now myself (no this doesn't come out of taxes in my case, but that's only part of the whole point here).
But maybe we can get the powers that be to see the money signs, and realize that it would be profitable to punish perps more severely and keep them off the streets where they could abuse again.
Maybe they could understand that this could mean fewer people abused becuz fewer people are out there abusing. Plus, some who might have perpetrated might think better of it when they see that sexual offenders will be dealt with severely. In addition, when potential victims see the law means business against perps, they might be encouraged to speak out & stop the abuse even before it starts. All of which again means financial profit.
I'd like to think we can just appeal to the humanity & common decency of the powers that be, and no doubt to some extent we can & must. We must speak out more, make them hear our hurt.
Still, for many it will be money that talks the loudest.
Hey whatever makes them listen, and take action!