Opinion: Out of court settlement on rape crime
A judge at the Madras High Court allowed a man who raped a teenager in 2002 (she was 15 then) to leave jail for a mediation session. He said that in another case where he had made a similar intervention, "a happy conclusion" was reached with the rapist "agreeing" to marry his victim. July 2, 2015
(http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/directin … urt-777042)
I'm not sure but if this was a statutory rape where the 15 year old willingly engaged in sex with an adult maybe in their country the punishment is less severe than in the U.S.
Several years ago there was a case here where a female teacher (Mary Kay Letourneau had sex with a 12 year old boy) and eventually married him. Letourneau's teenage daughter, Mary Claire, from her earlier marriage, was maid of honor. The couple's two daughters, Audrey, 8, and Alexis Georgia, 7, were flower girls.
The couple first met when Fualaau was in the second grade. Their relationship became sexual when he was 12 and she was a 34-year-old married mother of four, a teacher at a suburban elementary school. Truth is stranger than fiction!
In the U.S. age of consent laws vary from state to state and I believe the lowest age of consent is 16 while most states are 18. Ironically we tried 12 year olds as adults and given them life sentences. Apparently there is a difference between being mature enough at age 12 to know the consequences of killing someone and being 16 girl having sex with her 18 year or older boyfriend.
This is 2 different thing .. 'rape' and another is 'willing affair'. For me a rapist will be a rapist forever .. if he was tempted to attempt rape once possibilities of him repeating the act is always there.
Hazel, "Statutory rape" is still rape in the U,S.!
People go to prison for having sex with underage people all the time! Not all rape is forcible brutal rape.
A 12 year old boy/ girl can't have a "willing affair" with a 34 year old. Rape is rape.
That should be the only option .. Rape is rape .. no settlements ...
Rarely however will a rapist get the same punishment as a murderer. In the U.S. there is stature of limitation for even pursing a rapist ranging from 3 to 30 years depending on the state it happened. There is no such thing for a murderer.
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