A toddler was raped, but as horrific as the thought is, those who raped her shouldn’t be punished. You see, her attackers were just boys — 7- and 9-year-old boys who shouldn’t even know what rape is. Someone is to blame, but it’s not them. It happened in Memphis this past summer. The 2-year-old victim’s brother, 5, saw it occurring and told his mom. Thank goodness he did. While the boys first blamed each other, they later admitted to the crime. The boys are due in court today where prosecutors are recommending they be removed from their families’ homes and placed in state custody for treatment, not punishment. They want to determine what these boys have been exposed to that would make them do this to another child. James Sanders, the attorney defending the 9-year-old boy, told the Memphis Commercial Appeal: What happened to this victim is horrible, nobody is minimizing that. But my client has a lot of problems and needs some immediate help. Somebody’s got to rescue this kid. Someone has to rescue them all.
No. Nein. They obviously had seen or been taught to be what they are, and they should be punished or they will do it again. If a 7 and 9 year old will rape a 5 year old, what will they do, if they escape responsibility, when they are 15 or 16 or 20? No, the deserving recipient of compassion and pity aren’t the perpetrators, it is the victim. And the victim alone.
I’m not sure what the full extent of the law is in cases like this, but that should be the punishment leveled. To say that the boys who did this vile deed should not be punished is a massive mistake and will only teach them that ‘they can get away with anything they want’. Too many in society already feel that way. We don’t need sociopaths to be taught that lesson. Not only should they be punished, they must be. Evil knows no age limit either upper or lower.