Posts Tagged ‘justice

Men!  The only animal in the world to fear.  ~D.H. Lawrence

Last week, a terrible crime was committed against a very poor woman in the city where I live.

Not only was she assaulted and raped, but impaled as well. She agonized – while remaining conscious –  for a few hours at the place where she was dumped by her assailant. When the police finally found her, she was showing signs of hypothermia.

As if this weren’t enough, when they found her they asked her if she had medical insurance. She said no. She was then taken to a hospital about 20 minutes away from where she was, instead of taking her to another – private – hospital that was just a couple of blocks away.

The poor woman never stood a chance. She died later on due to cardiac arrest, after enduring several operations and all kinds of procedures to save her.

The worst part was the way the media treated the whole thing. It was pitiful and uninformative, to say the least.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to write this post and how to approach the broad array of issues that arise from such a hair-raising event, but in the end all I can say is that I’m sad. Sad and enraged.

Truly and deeply sad.

I’m sad because I feel like something inside of me died a little. Maybe it was hope. Because I always thought human beings were essentially good, but it seems to me that this theory has been proven wrong way too many times already for it to be true.

I’m sad because this was a monstrous crime committed against a helpless woman.

I’m sad because of the way she was treated for being poor and because no one should have to suffer what she suffered only to die part of a health-care system that wasn’t willing to help her.

I’m sad because this is not how things are supposed to be.

I’m sad because the justice system of the country I live in had already tried her attacker before for sexual assault and murder and had released him only 15 months after his conviction. Several arrest warrants are still outstanding for his involvement in other crimes of a similar nature, and yet he has just been released, again, after being apprehended this weekend due to “lack of evidence” or some sort of BS story concocted especially to let the perp walk.

I’m enraged because impunity is, in my opinion, the mother of all other crimes. I mean, why even bother making laws if they are only going to be stomped on by animals such as these and their lawyers, who are just as bad?

But what really infuriates me is that this sort of thing happens all around the world and no one seems to know. Or care.

And I’m not only referring to random violent crimes like this one. I’m talking about systemic, reiterative violence. Against women. Against children. Against other human beings.

People will only become aware of these things if the media informs them about it. But if the media hasn’t heard of it or decides it’s not newsworthy, then it’ll just be ignored and that is so unfair. And since this case had to do with a poor woman in some God-forsaken third-world country, no one will ever know.

Because I’m pretty sure the global media has ignored this: I googled the news in English and only found one reliable source that has not even been updated: http://www.ntn24.com/news/news/outrage-colombia-rape-and-impa-13948

So, I’ve decided to inform the few people who read my blog about it. As long as just one person reads it, I’ll feel like I’ve done my part by making that one person aware of what has happened to that woman nobody seemed to care about.

She is just one of the many who are killed, assaulted, raped or abused every single day across the planet. We can’t feel regret or remorse for things we aren’t aware of, but we should, every now and then, think of those who are not sufficiently important to be on the news, but who nonetheless suffer the unthinkable – some of them, every day -.


There’s been much controversy lately in my country of residence on whether childer abusers should be given the death penalty or at least life sentences.

In all honesty, although I’ve read a lot about the subject, mainly how it’s handled in the U.S., I can’t help but think that these are both alternatives our justice system should take into account, even though the death penalty and life sentences are forbidden by the nation’s constitution. I guess it is more a political issue than an ethical one, and that is the main problem.

The thing is, when you have a child of your own, every single crime where a child was the victim, or whenever a child is abused or mistreated becomes a personal matter, as if it the victim had been your own child.

Now, there has been a lot of opposition claiming that these abusers and criminals have the right to become productive members of society once they’ve done the time and “rehabilitate”.  However, most specialists agree that because a vast majority of child abusers have an underlying psychological disorder, they are not able to truly rehabilitate. If this is correct, then how are we expected to just sit and watch them re-insert themselves into society, knowing all the while that they can – and will – relapse into their old behavior?

Most importantly, are justice systems around the globe really taking this matter seriously (enough) to tackle the issue as they should and defining punishments that are equivalent to the crime committed? As I said, the country where I live has forbidden both the death penalty and life sentences, so what exactly does that leave us?

In my country of residence, the scariest monster imaginable, the most terrible child molester that ever lived, is currently serving a 40-year sentence, after having been found guilty of the rape, torture and murder of 168 children (it is even said that there are a lot more victims we don’t know about…). Twenty four years were knocked down from his sentence right then and there for cooperating with the authorities. If we do the math, the guy is paying approximately 6-7 weeks per victim. However, good behavior (can an animal really behave properly?) has helped him reduce the time to approximately 35 days per victim. As if that weren’t enough, our Penal Code provides that after 3/5 of the sentence have been served, the inmate may be released. This means that upon completion of 14 years of prison, this pathetic excuse of a human being gets to walk the streets and breathe the free air like any one else.

A 40-year sentence, in my opinion, was hardly enough to start with in this case, and yet, if someone doesn’t come up with some way to retain him, he’ll be free. Honestly, is this fair? Who is going to protect our children once this monster gets out? The worst part is, after having seeing him on the TV, he seems completely remorseless, all smiles and jokes, oblivious of the fact that he has inflicted so much pain on so many.  He is the closest I’ve seen to a real-life Hannibal Lecter (without the refinement). He even says that since he has seen the error of his ways, he wants to open an institution to work in pro of the children. I almost fainted when I heard him say that.

And this guy is just one example. What is going to happen to so many out there who continue to victimize children and get to do it over and over again, all in the name of a justice system (and human rights defenders who claim to be defending the rights of the criminals, but are really nothing more than politicians trying to get their name in the headlines)  that insists that people have the right to rehabilitate and regain their freedom. That we must defend the human rights of all citizens. Well, I ask the honorable members of Congress who make the laws (not only here but everywhere), what about the human rights of these children? Just because they are gone their rights ceased to exist? Don’t their families also have rights? How about the rest of us? Don’t we have the right to be protected?

Now, the death penalty is too broad a subject to discuss. However, I will say that it is tricky, because as technological breakthroughs occur more frequently, there are now new and improved ways to analyze evidence that weren’t available before. This means that some people who had been convicted years ago for a crime have been proven innocent at some point because there was no way of knowing then what we know now as a result of the tools that are available to us today.

I’m not aware how many times this has occurred, but still, taking a person’s life away only to realize years later that he/she was innocent is a crime in itself. And how can the state repair the damage?

Now, if the person is serving a life sentence, at least that person gets to be vindicated in life and live the remainder of his/her days freely.

The life sentence also guarantees that the person will be locked up for as long as he/she lives and that’s that. No mitigating circumstances, no “discounts” on time served. If our dear legislators are so fearful of the death penalty for their own political reasons, then maybe they should choose life sentences for certain types of crimes. That way, whatever these criminals do, they’ll never get the chance to hurt anyone ever again, which, I assume, is part of the purpose of sending someone away for life.

I wonder if our lawmakers have ever thought about the creep I described before, what it would be like if he was released and chose to live somewhere near them. What if he moved to their neighbourhood,  or packed their groceries at the super, or visited the library. Honestly, would any of them be able to sleep at night? As a parent, I can say, without a doubt, that they would probably never leave their children out of their sight ever again, for fear of that psycho and would probably move as far away possible  from him.

So, unless our dear representatives take a good look into their hearts and take a stand on the issue, these monsters will continue to crawl our streets and keep committing the atrocities they commit against those who need the most protection: our children.  And the cycle will continue to repeat itself until members of Congress commit, fully and wholeheartedly, to do their job as they should, instead of trying to gain votes for the next election.

As for me, although I’m convinced that anyone who chooses to harm a child deserves nothing more than a horrible, slow death, I’m well aware that 2 wrongs don’t make one right, mainly because if one day it is discovered that the accused was innocent, there is no taking back that wrongful death.

A life sentence in isolation should do it. And when I say isolation, I mean complete isolation: no access to the media or to other people; just the bare minimum to get through each day. These people should be given the rest of their days to think about what they did, in the hopes they’ll eventually feel remorse and guilt, and be able to prepare themselves for a solitary death, whenever that day comes.


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