Sunday, June 21, 2009
This past Friday an article came out in the Portland news on OregonLive.com
The article was about a man who was sentenced to 7 years for pimping out a 13-year-old girl.
The U.S. Attorney was quoted as saying that, "The prostitution of a minor, by both her pimp as well as the 'johns' out there taking advantage of her, is a crime that offends all standards of civility."
The comments that followed the article were pretty passionate and all indicated that this guy should have gotten a lot more time than 7 years...
Here are a couple of quotes....
JLundegaard said, "Seven years? for Pimping a 13 year old? That's rape not 'work'. I'm feeling ill. Seven years! The judge who gave this sentence deserves seven year."
filoviridae said, "watermelons have the same density as a human head, i'm just sayin'"
viking87 said, "I met a guy today that robbed a bank and served 8 years. Not saying robbing a bank is a good thing, but I would rather have him on the streets or living next door than this sick pervert. Even if he turned over the names of her customers, 7 years is too light. I hope they are investigating the sickos that used this girl."
MrWellington said, "He's not only a judge, he's also a client!"
And so it goes.... comment after comment about how this guy needs more time and the judge should be punished as well.
The one question I did not see anyone asking was, "What has happened to this little girl?" I am constantly amazed at this... Maybe it is because working through all of the damage with a little girl is not glamorous, but we (as a society) are not looking beyond the disgusting Johns, or the organizations that find these girls, or the creeps who traffick these girls, or all the awareness dinners... We as a society are not asking the question, "What has happened to this little girl?"
We probably all know someone who was been sexually assaulted at least once. Think about the level of trauma that individual goes through and probably deals with their entire life.... Then multiply that by years and many, many rape scenarios.
What has happened to this little girl????