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Will I Burn in Hell?

Updated on May 9, 2013
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I'm a dad, husband, and Christian first. The rest are just life's add-ons: an educator, administrator, learner, & development professional.

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Recent news has prompted me to think that some people are better dead than living. For this reason, I sometimes think I’ll burn in hell for such thoughts. To say that I’m irked by their behavior is a gargantuan understatement. I’m talking about news about rape. Sure there are many other heinous crimes but this one just hits a nerve. I’m a father and a husband and I fear for my wife and child. None of my immediate family or friends has been assaulted in this manner but the rage I feel about this is overwhelming. Just imagine how the victims and their families must feel. My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families.

There is no death penalty in the Philippines – even for such a heinous crime. I do value life, but reading news of such appalling acts makes me question how much I actually value life. Hoping for decapitation or a slow gruesome death can be extreme to some. But the victims and their families may understand my sentiments about this.

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Worrisome Stats

Philippine statistics is quite alarming. According to the data of the Philippine National Police (PNP) rape accounts for 76.56% of crimes against women while attempts is at 18.68%. Furthermore, incest on the other hand is at 5.74%.

From January to June of 2011, there were 28 recorded gang rapes in the Philippines. Another sickening figure shows that 1 child is victimized every 2 ½ hours. According to the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR) 2012 records, the youngest victim was 3 years old. Moreover, their report indicates that 54% of victims are from 11 to 20 years of age.

On the other hand, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 44% of victims are under the age of 18. Moreover, there is someone being sexually assaulted every 2 minutes! There are more than 200,000 abused people every year. What’s even startling is that more than half (54%) are not reported. If that does not send chills down your spine; how about this one? 2 out of 3 cases are done by people that the victims know. In addition, as much as 97% of rapists will not spend a day in jail for their crime. In 1997, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report showing that 15% of victims are under the age of 12! This, my friends is just statistics from the United States.

On a global scale, it does not get better. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Botswana tops the list of recorded cases per 100,000 people with 92.9 followed by Australia with 79.5 and Sweden with 63.5. Remember this is just the reported cases. A lot more goes unreported.

Sure, the numbers may rise or drop from year to year. But if you’re the victim or the family, rise or decline of statistics does not really matter.

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Where to Get Help and Assistance

Whether you’re the victim or the family member, it is beneficial to talk to people regarding the experience. Of course, look for someone with the necessary training and knowledge in order to get needed help.

School’s guidance counselors and administrators

The schools guidance counselors can provide basic information regarding this matter. Likewise, they can provide counseling should the unthinkable happens especially in the school setting. Parents can also coordinate with the school administrators regarding educating students.

Church groups and communities

Church groups and their communities are powerful institutions in providing assistance to victims and their families. Their strong ties with the local community, authorities and other groups can strengthen support for the rape victims and survivors of this assault.

Professional counselors

Psychologists and other allied professionals offer tons of assistance from information to counseling. They are a great resource to tap so we can be educated. You can get current researches, methodologies and other strategies to

Government and non-government groups

In the Philippines there is the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The PNP also have a women’s Desk to report any crimes or violence against women. In local government units and communities, there are help desks catering specifically to women and children. Likewise, non-governmental groups like Gabriela in the Philippines advocate empowering and protecting women’s rights.

Law enforcement

Although it may seem logical to first contact law enforcement to report the crime, many still do not seek their assistance. It is important to understand that the police and other law enforcement agencies have programs that educate people on prevention and protection against such atrocities. The more people are informed about the profile of offenders, dangerous situations to avoid and even ways to protect one’s self can make a huge difference.

Family

How can we forget one of the most important institutions of all time – the family? Yes, we draw strength from our family. Whenever there is a problem we turn to them. They may not have a degree in psychology or tons of experience in counseling. But their presence can provide comfort like no other.

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In Retrospect

Whether it is better legislation, harsher punishments, or whatever programs to address this pressing concern are implemented, we should never forget that the victims of abuse require ample attention. It’s easy to say stick a needle into offenders or lock them up for life. Or in my case conjure images of their gruesome demise (insert evil laugh here). In the end, we need to turn our attention to the healing process of the victims and their families.

Perhaps to some it’s hard to contemplate death to all rapists; perhaps some may find it easy. Others may not even have an opinion about it. But it’s just hard for me to not to think about the worse kind of punishment for these offenders. Whether I burn in hell for such thought or not, the reality of this atrocity is a worldwide disease that needs to be addressed. The question now is what are you doing about it?

I urge you, go out and be active against this crime!

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    • jpcmc profile imageAUTHOR

      JP Carlos 

      4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello Jackie Lynnley,

      800,000 is too many. I'm sure there are more unreported offenders. It just irks me to know that some judges are given the power to do what is right, but fail to actually give justice. I guess right and justice are two different things.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I am so with you on this and here in the US the judges never do harsh enough punishment and rape of a child should equal death and I am not sure it gets many even ten years, it is ridiculous and one case that really had me upset was a female judge and the man admitted guilt but the judge sent him right home where this little girl would be because he did not understand English! It made many mad but judges apparently are like gods. I was just talking about rape and murder of really old ladies too this very day here that I would love to teach them to shoot a gun and surprise these macho monsters when they show up! Give them some food for thought hearing about it! Last I heard over 800,000 sexual offenders had been lost track of in America! We need something to protect us.

    • jpcmc profile imageAUTHOR

      JP Carlos 

      4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello Sally,

      That's just an awful thing to happen. I'm just wondering where their parents were. Values are just decline now. I hope the police officer recovers fast and I pray for the families touched by this tragedy.

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      Sally Branche 

      4 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Well, I know just how you feel. We had a case here recently where a teen age boy kidnapped his six year old neighbor and raped and killed her and wrapped her body in a tarp and threw it in the street. When the police came to his house to arrest him, he met them at the door with a gun and shot one of them and was shot himself. The officer is recovering well, and I'm sorry to say, so is the perpetrator. He is in isolation at the jail awaiting trial now, and his care and feeding will end up costing us a fortune before it's all done. I sincerely think justice would have been served if the officers had been better shots.

      Voted up and interesting.

    • jpcmc profile imageAUTHOR

      JP Carlos 

      5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi ketage,

      I welcome your company here and in the after life. :) Just a thought though, we'll probably spend eternity with all those rapists. :)

    • jpcmc profile imageAUTHOR

      JP Carlos 

      5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello there ccdursina,

      Ephesians 2: 8-9 will also work for me. I appreciate the verses and the link.

    • jpcmc profile imageAUTHOR

      JP Carlos 

      5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there kidscrafts,

      Thank you for keeping my spirits up for not going to hell. :) Indeed, abuse regardless of gender or age is despicable. I really can't peg it on differences in culture since this is a wide spread atrocity. I'm not sure about the info on Vietnam but if it were true, then that's a lucky country.

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      JP Carlos 

      5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello there mike102771,

      True, there are still gentlemen out there. Plus, respect and value for women is important. Creating these values early on in life will prove beneficial for everyone.

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      ketage 

      5 years ago from Croatia

      You are definitely not alone, I myself think the punishment for a crime like rape is to lenient. Maybe if the punishment was sever enough it might dissuade some of these animals. ( apologies to the poor animals who behave better then many of these men ). A lot of rapists/child molester come out of jail and commit the same crime again. A more sever punishment might discourage this kind of behavior, a life sentence or death sentence would be a sure way to discourage repeat offenders. In fact they would not even have the opportunity to be a repeat offender if those were their sentences. Sigh, looks like we will be neighbors jpcmc. In the hereafter.

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      Carolina Dursina 

      5 years ago from Spring Green WI

      Unfortunately, hell exist and some people will burn in hell.

      The only way to avoid hell is to receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour and ask for forgiveness , read the Bible and follow the teaching;

      John 3:16-17 King James Version (KJV)

      16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

      17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

      http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2...

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      kidscrafts 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Rape is a terrible act! Any sexual abuse is terrible in my view. I feel so sorry for the victims.

      We have to educate the boys to indeed respect girls. But we should not forget that some abuse come from men toward young boys as well. And those young boys grow up as broken men often. So imagine if men are so affected with abuse how women feel about it.

      I heard (quite a long time ago) that there is no such abuse in Vietnam. I don't know if it's true..... if it is, we have to learn how they manage that to help other countries to get rid of that problem.

      Thanks for talking about this subject Jpcmc! I am sure you will not go to hell :-)

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      Michael Collins aka Lakemoron 

      5 years ago from The Village of Lakemore, Summit County, Ohio

      Not all men are rapist and holding all men responsible for rape is like holding all gun owners responsible for armed robbery. If we teach boys to respect girls (as equals) they will grow up to be men that respect women (as equals), but this will require a world wide change in most (if not all) societies.

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      JP Carlos 

      5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello Freeway Flyer,

      Interesting point Paul. If I do go to hell, I'll spend eternity with the rapist. Darn, that would be equally crazy! I just hope a manless society will not come to pass. I agree, many men are just pathetic.

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      Paul Swendson 

      5 years ago

      I wouldn't worry too much about burning in hell. If there is a hell, then the rapists should be worried.

      I have trouble getting into the heads of people who do such disgusting things. Some cases can be explained by attributing them to mental illness. But the prevalence of rape indicates that something bigger is going on here.

      In much of the world, women are simply not respected as human beings in the same sense as men are. And men who have self-esteem issues and/or a sense of powerlessness seem to get some sort of a twisted rush/power trip from committing sexual assaults.

      Truth be told, I would not blame any women who dream of a time when men are extinct and reproduction can be continued with a sperm bank programmed to only create more women. Many members of my gender, on many levels, are pretty pathetic.

    • jpcmc profile imageAUTHOR

      JP Carlos 

      5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello mike102771,

      Small things matter especially when it comes to changing society. The key is to start early. If I'm going to hell for such thoughts, then I guess I won't be alone. I appreciate your comments my friend.

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      Michael Collins aka Lakemoron 

      5 years ago from The Village of Lakemore, Summit County, Ohio

      If thoughts like this about such topics could dam you then Hell is a very full place. No new law (or stronger punishment) is going to stop a criminal from breaking the current laws. I think you are on to something with the school, church, and family parts. It will take a shift in society to truly create change.

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