Something is wrong here surely? A ladies life is pretty much ruined for the foreseeable future and he gets 3 years. I saw a programme about a serial killer called Coral Watts last night - he is up for parole again soon I think - his prison term has so far worked out at under 2 years for each person he killed.
It's not just the initial victim that is affected here, there is a spiral including the guilty parties family - they can suffer for what their family member has done - being related doesn't mean you give your approval.
I was attacked when I was 19. It was nothing compared to what happens to a lot of women. But it was classed as a Sexual Assault. The police man that was called asked me not to phone my mom as I shouldn't make a fuss. To say I rolled my eyes is an understatement. Something kicked in after the incident and I managed to get a really great description of the guy from it and it was met with some sarcasm from the police officers. To cut a long story short, it resulted in me being told that the next person he attacks he'd probably rape but the summer holidays were coming up and they had a lot on their plate with school children vandalising shop windows. I still don't really know what to say to that statement other than I really really hope he didn't go on to rape someone. A police man had driven past at the time of the attack and hadn't stopped as he assumed it was a lovers tiff and he wanted me to know he was sorry and could I forgive him. Thing is just something like the incident I went through (this guy came out of nowhere, pretended to be jogging, grabbed me inappropriately and tried to drag me off the pavement), anyway - this incident is still with me today and it's been a fair few years since it happened. Never grab me from behind and I freeze inside when someone jogs past me. A lot of people don't know this ever happened to me but I am reminded quite often. It peeves me that this guy just got on with his life. Now if I was that lady and heard my attacker would be free on the streets again in possibly less than a year - well..............OK he didn't murder her but he's kindof taken her life for the foreseeable future.
I don't know what the answer is. Castration comes to mind. But in a realistic way what can you do? I don't think prison is the answer as you wouldn't have so many repeat offenders. Is it something as simple as making every parent have parenting classes and to hold them more accountable for the make up of their child. I don't know - I really wish I did. But one thing for sure - some judges in this country and others need to wake up to the reality of the real suffering that happens in such incidences, the attack is just the start.