Thursday, April 17, 2008

"Cultural Antipathy Toward Women" - the Death Penalty and Child Rape

WomensENews has a great article today about yesterday’s US Supreme Court Argument on the death penalty and child rape. This story goes more in detail than others I’ve read about on the “cultural antipathy toward women” and how once children grow up into women, we no longer are concerned about sexual violence.

I was also very pleasantly surprised to see that a friend-of-the-court brief was filed by several survivor –led organizations, including the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Their brief discusses how executing child rapists will not only exacerbate the problem of underreporting of child sexual assault, but would also further traumatize the child by the protracted proceedings and ultimately stunt the healing process.

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