I just don’t get it! How can they get away with this? Two men rape a 13-year-old child, and they only get 3 and 5 years! Here’s the GDN article that caught my eye this morning:
TWO paedophiles who abducted a 13-year-old girl, held her prisoner and raped her were jailed yesterday. One of them was handed a five-year sentence, while the second was given a three-year jail term.
The Bahrainis, in their 20s, kept the Bahraini girl locked up in a room for several hours to fulfil their twisted child sex fantasies, the High Criminal Court heard. One of them picked the girl from the street after she had gone out to play with friends.
He pounced as she was walking home, luring her into his car by offering to take her to his house to play computer games. However, the defendant instead called his friend and invited him over to take turns raping the child, who they locked in a room from noon until evening.
I fear we are in the dark ages when it comes to laws protecting children from abuse. I read similar punishments for theft. How can someone who does this get such a pitiful sentence? We need a serious review of the child protection laws in this country!
Personally, – and I admit I’m extreme in this view – nothing less than the death penalty will do. This poor girl has probably been scarred for life. It will take her years to get over this – if she does at all – and by that time the two criminals will be out again, making her relive her fears all over again. What kind of world do we live in where such things are allowed to happen?
For parents reading this, don’t assume your children know not to go with strangers. Most of the time, “strangers” are really nice people who can easily charm children. Discuss this with your child and remind them NEVER to go into a car with anyone unless they take your permission.
The emphasis should be placed on the importance of taking permission before going with anyone, rather than on the stranger driving the car. Remember, most child abuse happens from someone the child knows, not from strangers.
A case like this one (if indeed the child did not know the attackers, which is not 100% clear) is the exception rather than the rule. Remember your child’s safety is your responsibility, not anyone else’s.
Talk to you soon.