Does The Punishment Fit The Crime? Essay

911 Words Nov 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Does the Punishment fit the crime?
Rape is the unlawful compelling of a woman through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse. According to the Sexual Assault Statistics “,only 16% of rapes and sexual assaults are reported to the police department per year.” Women who are a victim of rape suffer a lifetime of fear, emotional stress and depression, but their rapist is sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison, depending on the severity of the case. After 25 years, Crista Stephens out of Houston, Texas can now speak about the night she was attacked and raped, but still, trembles every time she speaks her rapist name. Educating yourself, family, friends and peers can decrease your chances of being a victim of rape.
Are 20 years long enough for a rapist to be behind bars? Most rapists only serve a portion of that sentence in jail and the remaining years on parole. On the other hand, there are some women who make false reports which makes it harder for the police to determine who actually is a victim and who is not. Although I can’t relate to women who have been a victim of rape, I can relate to the reality that the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
According to the Sexual Assault Statistics “,only 16% of rapes and sexual assault are reported to the police department per year.” Most victims of rape or sexual assault don’t report the crime because they know their attacker. Studies show that women whose attacker is not a stranger are not likely to report the rape…

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