The Franchise wrote: ↑
August 16th, 2019, 9:43 am
Also- maybe going too far down the rabbit hole here, but as a society if we dont give rapists a life sentence (at a minimum), and we let them back out in the world after some amount of time, isnt that in some respect an admission by society that they are kind of okay with people committing the crime? Like not that people actively endorse it, but the fact we let these people back into our communities says something imo
i felt like this deserved more of a response, because it is a really good point. to be fair to our current system, it's not 100% about retribution, it's also about public safety, and we determined that some people are just too dangerous to be allowed to be in public. but we generally reserve that for murderers - we just don't view rape as that dangerous of a crime.
using the washington state sentencing matrix, i grabbed first degree rape and had a defendant with no prior convictions, and the sentencing range was 93-123 months. that's 7 to 10 years, roughly. more prior convictions increases that, sometimes very steeply (depending on how serious/violent the prior convictions were). for first degree murder, again a defendant with no prior convictions, the sentencing range is 240-320 months, or 20-26 years. (second degree murder was 123-220 months, for reference).
so this will fluctuate based on state of course, but generally speaking we just do not view rape as nearly as serious as murder. personally i don't think that's the main problem here - i think we just don't try to rehabilitate rapists, we don't try nearly hard enough to solve rapes, we don't teach bodily autonomy as a primary value to young children, there's LOTS of low-hanging fruit here.