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Court to Consider Death Penalty for Child Sexual Abuse

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The Supreme Court is going to weigh the possibility of death penalty for child sexual crimes on Wednesday meeting.

In the US, there are only two cases when child rapists, who did not kill the victim, are on the death row for their crimes.

The court is considering whether executions for child sexual abuse that did not involve murder could be allowed by Constitution. Also the justices will have to decide on several unrelated cases.

Patrick Kennedy, a 43 year-old man who was accused of raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter at their home in the New Orleans is awaiting the court ruling. His lawyer says that death penalty for child rape contradicts the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

Several states rejected death penalty for child rape referring to the court's 1977 ruling that death penalty is an excessive punishment even for child sexual abuse without murder.

Organizations that work to prevent sexual abuse also supported the Kennedy's lawyer appeal, saying that death penalty can actually make the situation even worse. In most cases, children were sexually abused by a relative or family friend and knowing that saying about the rape can lead to execution may prevent them from reporting about the case.

In the last 44 years, death penalty was reserved for murders only. In 1977, execution for sexual assault of the adults was excluded. However, the execution for child rape remained unsolved.

In spite of the fact that Louisiana and four other states such as Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas allow executions for child sexual offenders, the death penalty has never been applied in any of the cases.

These states consider toughening penalties for child rapists and insist that death penalty is appropriate for such a severe crime as sexual abuse of the child.

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18 votes

//41 Mar 30, 2012 10:37 PM | posted by: N/A
if a person can never be deprived of life stated in the constitution, why is the clause "without due process of law" necessary. possibilty that citizens might be denied life, liberty, or property by the state under certain circumstance. Molesting a child i believe falls under the acceptiton for capital punishment; death penalty
21 votes

//40 May 09, 2011 06:02 AM | posted by: jazz
Everyone makes mistakes in their lives. These people who rape children are sick, there is no doubt of that. Still, being critical about it and them may cause only more problems. Everyone deserves a second chance, killing these people means no compasion and no mercy, and therefore we might as well be called murderers ourselves! In other words, I don't believe they should be killed, but I do believe in severe punishment. It should be permitted that they get treated the exact same way without any defense from themselves if possible. We should not be brutal and judgemental, but we must be strict, harsh, and strongly take a stand for our children.
23 votes

//39 Mar 24, 2011 01:43 AM | posted by: wendy
Indeed, we need to be mindful that the death penalty is permanant...no room for error. Having said that, there are two other considerations. The cost to taxpayers of keeping someone in prison for life is substantial, and we have an obligation to protect our children. Child abusers and molesters know that the death penalty is not on the table right now. Perhaps they are willing to risk several years in prison in order to commit those crimes. Some say that the death penalty is not a deterrent, but as a society, we have to draw a line in the sand. There are some crimes for which a debt can never be paid, and we are obliged to use any and all means to protect our most precious citizens: our children.
23 votes

//38 Mar 07, 2011 08:55 PM | posted by: 335noIpV
so many people think everyone should be treated equal but if you are really going to do nasty perverted things to innocent children then you should be put through the same experiences these precious children have to live with for the rest of their lives. your not better than all the other people that committed it.
13 votes

//37 Mar 04, 2011 02:56 AM | posted by: Bk
I think that they should go to jail, but not get the death penalty. ya they did something that was terribly wrong but if you look at it in the sense that people that get put in jail from robbing a bank or killing someone, they are no worse than these people in my opinion. Any crime is a crime, one crime is not worse than another crime, why... because crimes are all breaking the law and one should not be sentenced to death for doing something not wrong in his eyes but wrong in others eyes, who have been convicted of cases also. The people of the court will decide and what they think is best is what will happen, but in my opinion Death penalty is out. Not happening.
26 votes

//36 Nov 13, 2010 09:27 AM | posted by: Rain
I believe anyone who rapes a child should be killed (and that includes all the men who patronize brothels served by stolen/trafficked child sex slaves). I would happily pull the trigger myself. However, since these are usually family members and the repercussions are the child never telling and the child being blamed by the rest of the family, I believe life in prison with no chance of parole is appropriate. To those who say it should only be for murder as if it's less of a crime, I disagree with you thoroughly and believe it is just as horrible as murder (if not more).
24 votes

//35 Sep 28, 2010 07:33 PM | posted by: Cyprien
I have delt with this and i think anyone who says these ppl should live are just as fukn sick and perverted as the creep who did and aren't any better
Hey if you don't like it deal with it and shut up us kids don't have to deal with this shit from ppl like you and by the way im 15
29 votes

//34 Sep 24, 2010 02:02 AM | posted by: ZZgirl24
This is so sad!!! i feel so bad for the little kids! :(
19 votes

//33 Sep 02, 2010 04:07 PM | posted by: ???
Everybody out there knows that if that was their child who was being sexually abuse then they would want thoses monester killed. So how about all of you morons get your head out of your ass! If that was my child I would kill the person myself. That ruined that childs life! So his life should be ruined. Jail isn't that bad! I have personal been! So NO! Kill those fuckers! I went to jail for protecting myself with a knife! These guy rape his STEPDAUGTHER!!!!!!!!! Thats someone your suppose to be able to trust...kill him.
26 votes

//32 Apr 22, 2010 03:25 AM | posted by: Anonymous
The death penalty is wrong, which is why we should resort to life-imprisonment. If criminals get life-imprisonment they don't get out of jail, obviously. The death penalty has many faults such as racial biases, representation issues, it's very costly and some people executed did not directly kill the victim. One man was executed because his lawyer was inexperienced and failed to bring up the fact that the defendant was mentally retarded. The death penalty in theory is effective but other than that, it's cruel, violates the 6th amendment and should be abolished. Consider this before you comment.
22 votes

//31 Apr 22, 2010 03:12 AM | posted by: Anonymous
//30, If they get life imprisonment they don't get out of jail. The death penalty has many faults such as racial biases, representation issues, it's very costly and some people executed did not directly kill the victim. One man was executed because his lawyer was inexperienced and failed to bring up the fact that the defendant was mentally retarded. The death penalty in theory is effective but other than that, it's cruel, violates the 6th amendment and should be abolished. Consider this before you comment.
28 votes

//30 Apr 20, 2010 01:13 AM | posted by: kevin
i think that the death penalty should be brought back anyone who kills should be killed because when they get out of jail there just gonna do it again
20 votes

//29 Apr 07, 2010 06:48 AM | posted by: Lexx
death penalty should be brought back for sexual abuse concerning, not just children, but anyone. Granted, jury would have to be absolutly, 100% sure that they had the right person, but by all means, once your have the right person, put him to death
28 votes

//28 Mar 06, 2010 10:26 PM | posted by: kia
//15,

i feel that if you are a person rapes another they should definitely be put in jail ( for life) but i don't feel that any human being on this planet should be able to take another persons life away period.
30 votes

//27 Jan 27, 2010 07:09 AM | posted by: x28643
Anybody that touches a child should be taken to main street so all the other child molesters can watch and take a baseball bat and stick it up his butt until it comes out his mouth and then ask him didn't that feel good. Then put him in prison with big bubba until it is time to kill him and right before he dies ask him again did life with big bubba feel good. I bet it would make others think before they touch a child.
27 votes

//26 Dec 10, 2009 12:46 AM | posted by: Tie t bay
i think that it is cruel wat that man did to that little girl
33 votes

//25 Nov 30, 2009 03:12 PM | posted by: mrexcellent [InfoMANIAC]
//24, what you say - does make sense in a way... but leaving the isck bastard alive, means that he will live in the prison, he will be fed, he will have a shelter (a small one, but still) and all of this is being paid for by simple people - tax payers... while his victim will very offen suffer even more...
29 votes

//24 Nov 21, 2009 11:58 AM | posted by: yeliz
Nothing in this life makes me feel as bad as thinking about death penalty. A Human deciding to end another human's life is not natural. We are thinking beings and no matter what the other sick person did he/she does not deserve to be treated inhumanly such as being put in a dungeon, beaten up, left hungry or disregarded in an torturous way. They definitely need to be locked up depending on what they have done however, electric chair, gas chambers or other death penalties is as just sick as the person committed the crime. Even if someone killed my own kid I would still defend this view. I would go out there and catch him and kill him if I can, because I would be hurt and angry because it happened to my child. I have a right to hate that person and want to kill that criminal. But the jury and other people dont have any right to decide that someone should die in horrible way. They scare me!!! I don think the guardians and or prison officers are mentally normal as they are murderers tooo.
30 votes

//23 Nov 14, 2009 02:51 AM | posted by: trooper
let ur child be raped and and then give the perp 5 years. then tell me how u feel
30 votes

//22 Nov 05, 2009 07:01 PM | posted by: gurk [InfoMANIAC]
the only disadvantage of the death penalty is that no one can reverse it once miscarriage of justice is identified. even if the culprit deserves to be killed or even more, there should be room for correcting mistakes judges and jurors can make.
36 votes

//21 Oct 28, 2009 03:48 AM | posted by: Vita
I AGREE!! Castrate, castrate them!!!
24 votes

//20 Sep 06, 2009 01:22 AM | posted by: Patty
I could never set on a jury and give out the death penalty because of my personal believes.With that said if the State of Texas can give a person the dealth penalty for murder then the crime of rape of a child is just a serious crime if not more so. Some victims survive and live a well adjusted life and others never recover and continue the cycle of abuse.
20 votes

//19 Aug 02, 2009 07:27 PM | posted by: ] ;
well i was reading this for a report i am doing, and i think this is so stuped that they dont kill the people who have sexualy harasd a child.... by olny giving then a few years in prisen your just comiting a crime because when they get out they will do it again.... once a sexual retard will alway be a sexula retard ....so dont have sympathy to your child next rayper an choose the death penalty.... for you rayper.
33 votes

//18 May 01, 2009 04:18 AM | posted by: Keeler
Castrate them.
29 votes

//17 Apr 28, 2009 07:47 PM | posted by: jess-ka
Sexual abuse is down right WRONG. No one should ever have to go through the misery and pain emotionally and physically. To commit a crime like this is Evil. Taking someones life away because of your own issues shall lead with a death penalty or life sentence in jail they have NO right to live with us.
34 votes

//16 Apr 24, 2009 06:32 PM | posted by: y0-y0 BABi
dats just cruel i hate dat ppl harm poor n inisent childeren it jus aint rite YA HERD iT AINT RITE
25 votes

//15 Apr 17, 2009 04:44 PM | posted by: Tom
I personally disagree with the death penalty, no matter what the person has done. The cure for murder is more murder? The cure for rape is murder? What is going on here? An eye for an eye will leave the world blind. Wake up people. People do wrong, lock them up; don't murder them.
27 votes

//14 Feb 18, 2009 12:54 PM | posted by: TRUTH
FOR THIS TYPE OF CRIME " DEATH BY HANGING ", PUBLIC HANGING.
26 votes

//13 Feb 02, 2009 07:48 PM | posted by: AgainstDeathOfHumans
I do not believe in the raping of little children, of course, but i do not believe that it is our place to take a human life. What if the man who was convicted was your brother, or father? Then, it would be a totally different situation, wouldn't it? A lifetime in jail is acceptable, but no human being has the right to decide wheather a person should live or die. Put yourself in someone else's shoes before you judge them.
30 votes

//12 Jan 27, 2009 05:17 AM | posted by: Judith Parker
Sexual afenders deserve a life time in pain, and in prison, but I do not believe that humans should have a say in life or death. Sent to jail for the rest of his life. He will never know the pain he caused that little girl by exposing her to that environment.
36 votes

//11 Jan 15, 2009 12:55 PM | posted by: jessica
i believe that a child rapist should have the death penality as what gives a person the right to cruely take a inocent childs life from them. no one should live in fear, but how do you expect a child not to live in fear when there are sick minded people who are out there. i say kill them all!!!!
32 votes

//10 Nov 14, 2008 06:57 AM | posted by: sheree
i am all for the death penalty on a child abuser or child rapist. The person will and always does it again. They need to make the punishment alot harsher than what it is now. It's sick!!!!
30 votes

//9 Oct 23, 2008 03:15 AM | posted by: Aine
Anyone who thinks the death penalty inapropriate really ought to be gang raped. Too "severe"? I really don't think so. Seriously: Enjoy the trauma. Experience it! And then come back and tell me the death penalty's wrong.
Rape takes away a person's soul. The lucky ones might get it back after 7 years of hiding. Rape victims are "hurt" "beyond death" ... punish that, not that so-and-so was too chicken to finish the job.
23 votes

//8 Oct 22, 2008 07:36 AM | posted by: DStarr
Even though I believe that the abusers were once victims themselves in many cases, I think that it takes someone that is not in there right mind to do something like take advantage of innocent children. I am a survivor of such a crime & would never ever in my worst nightmare imagine comiting such a repulsive act. Therefore I do believe in this case that they should be put out of their miserable existence. We should not pay our tax money to let them live, death will be punishment enough.
33 votes

//7 Oct 13, 2008 03:09 PM | posted by: Child
I am totally against the death penalty personally but in this case i have to disagree with the death penatly. Is it really fair that we take others lives in order to try and regain a life that has been ruined, doesnt this make us as bad as that person in the first place. And another persons death will not bring back or fix what happened, or heal the damage, it will just create damage for another family.
25 votes

//6 Oct 05, 2008 02:04 AM | posted by: abbadabba
I don't believe that the death penalty is appropriate for cases without murder involved.

Sexual abuse of a child is a serious crime - but I don't think it deserves the death penalty. Life in prison (without parole), sure.

Most child abuse, sexual or "normal" is commited by relatives of the child involved. I fail to see how giving the death penalty to the perpetrator will help - the child involved may even feel guiltier about their abuser being put to death. It's certainly not the victim's fault, but in this case I don't believe that the death penalty will help the victim - which should be the priority.

31 votes

//5 Aug 25, 2008 04:50 PM | posted by: parent
I feel like the death penalty should be the only option. when I think about what I would do as a parent if someone did this to my child It becomes pretty clear. In my mind if they did not recieve the death penalty or as really strenuous sentence I feel I would have to retaliate and then I would be in jail so lets just save the federal government some money and get rid of one instead of putting two in harms way
30 votes

//4 Apr 24, 2008 08:42 PM | posted by: Survivor
As I survivor I focus on the healing of victims. However, I also am aware of the statistics that indicate that as many as 90-90% of perpetrators were victims themselves. What I realize, after extensive research and personal work to heal, is that many of the individuals who perpetuate this crime are individuals who have not done the work to heal from their own victimization. The most important thing to remember, however, is that the sexual abuse of a child is a CHOICE. Anyone who has this traumatic crime committed against them is aware of the damage it does and owes it to society to process their trauma so that they don't use it as justification to perpetrate this crime on another child. We need to do more than punish them or put them in a system that fosters their thinking that they are justified in perpetuating the cycle. Am I a bleeding heart? No - I'm someone who works toward the healing of our world - not just America, but all children who experience this terrifying crime.
30 votes

//3 Apr 16, 2008 03:30 PM | posted by: Leah
What about the cruel and unusual punishment that the abused victim goes through. ITs time that the perverted freaks got the same treatment they have for years given to those helpless children children.
How can the death penalty make situation worse?
If the relatives, friends of the sex abuser rather hide and keep the secreat of abuse to them selves, because they are afraid the situation would get worse, it sounds to me as if they are putting the child that is beinng abused in a world of hate,abuse,nontrust, of their own, to have them to always have a mental problem of thinking low of them selves.
32 votes

//2 Apr 16, 2008 02:40 PM | posted by: alcotrazz [InfoMANIAC]
i heard that such crimes in Russia are punished with 2, 3 or 4 years jail (i can't be sure though in these numbers, all i know is that they don't get REALLY punished)... i saw a documentary recently were they told about a chemistry teacher in a Russian school, who violated his pupils (usually 10-12 year old boys). After serving a few years he got out and started a small business organizing various tours and camping things for children. and he was actually leading the groups in those tours!!!! is THAT norma, i ask youl????
33 votes

//1 Apr 16, 2008 02:34 PM | posted by: alcotrazz [InfoMANIAC]
if you ask me, those monsters violating children should be slaughtered... or better put in jail for life, making that life a HELL... they don't deserve to live in a normal (or whatever we have here) society.

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