Consider Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Convicted Sexual Abusers
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Currently, when convicted of the rape of a person over the age of 16, the maximum term that an offender can be given is a life sentence. Although the judge has a "starting point" for this crime (which is an 8 year sentence), there is no mandatory minimum term that has to be served. Too many people get away with serving a ridiculously small sentence, if any sentence at all, for these horrendous crimes. I want the appropriate people to consider putting in place mandatory minimum sentences, which an offender MUST serve when found guilty of a sexual abuse crime; be it rape, attempted rape, paedophilia etc. Each crime should carry it's own mandatory minimum sentence, so that the disgusting criminals do not end up serving a pathetic amount of time in prison. As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I think that if the victims are effectively handed life sentences... so too should the perpetrators. We need to feel heard, taken seriously and protected. If you too know that change is desperately needed, please sign now. Thank you.
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