If it was your child that was raped would you be pleading for the perp to walk?
>>>If it was your child that was raped would you be pleading for the perp to walk?<<<
Not my point. Of course, having my child raped would make me so enraged they’d have to hold me back from killing the SOB.
But let’s use your example to prove my point. Let’s say my little boy was raped by a neighbor, and in a fit of rage, I picked up a large stick and crushed his skull. I can imagine what that would do to me. I’m not a killer, but I have killed. I’m rarely violent, but I was at that moment. You could easily bring out statistics showing that murderers almost always have a long history of violence, starting with animals and childhood friends, and advancing from that point, which wouldn’t be the case for me. In any case, not only would I probably have an emotional collapse from the rape of my son, but my remorse from having committed murder would drive me to a temporary insanity.
Now let’s advance the story four decades. I served time. I have spent my life attempting to make up for a single act of blind rage. I have asked the Lord for forgiveness, and repaid my country and society over and over. I’ve moved, and changed as a man, and always carried the shame of the moment.
Now it reappears in the media - let’s say the son of the man I killed comes back and blames me for all his problems. With modern media, it is possible to find just about anyone, and hang that person up to dry in public. Yeah, the son of the man I killed says, it’s payback time.
OK, that’s a big example. But what about lesser evils - the things that usually fall into the category of criminal behavior that is less serious - drunkedness, drug use, slapping your girlfriend, sex with a girl who tells you later she’s 16 years old, an affair with a married man, an abortion, an indescreet remark immediately regretted. You did it, you regret it, you change your life, and after the decades pass by, now the victim comes forth. The internet allows us to bring that to light now. In the past, we had the comfort of distance and time to grow and rebuild ourselves. What kind of world will it be when any mistake at any time becomes the hammer to wreck a life decades after the fact? All I know is that very few people manage to get through life without making grievous errors of judgment, not the least of whom is myself. So my default right now is mercy while I wait to see what the facts bring forth.