Rape and Murder

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Why is there such a disparity between sentences for rapists and sentences for murderers? I want to highlight the disillusionment of the Irish public on the laws and sentencing of convicted rapists.

Why is the such a disparity between sentences given to rapists and sentences given murderers. The recent case of convicted child rapist Danny Ward highlighted this for me. Danny Ward is a convicted child rapist who had just been released from prison for the viscous rape of a 6 year old girl. The details of the case are not available to the public to protect the victim. Upon release from prison Danny Ward was attacked and run out of town everywhere he went and was vilified on social media. He was even attacked while hiding in Dun Laoghaire garda station. He has since been forced to leave the country.

Why then, did Danny Ward receive this kind of treatment from the public. I cant help but think of serial killer Malcolm McArthur who lives in the Dun laoghaire area that Ward was run out of. Mcarthur is one of Irelands most famous serial killers and after serving 30 years in prison was released. Nobody harasses Mcarthur and he is left to continue on with his life and a general feeling towards Mcarthur of the public is that he has served his time and has been released because he is no longer a threat to society. 

I believe the reason for this is that the public views rapists and paedophiles to be worse than murderers. A murderer commits his crimes either in a rage, for his own advantage or for his own pleasure. A rapist commits his crime purely for his own sexual gratification at the expense of the victims freedom. This to me seems as bad as the murderers crime. Anybody who places their own sexual gratification above another persons freedom is not fit to be part of society and the general public seem to share this view. There is a general feeling that rapists do not get sufficient punishment for their crimes and this can only lead to more vigilantism. When the law does not respect the people, people will not respect the law.


Submitted: August 03, 2015

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Criss Sole

Excellent points! Certainly something for all of us to think about and consider.

Sat, August 8th, 2015 10:42am

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