Monday, March 07, 2005

Two Tales.




Is it just me or does our society deal with sexual misdeeds in an inconsistent manner? I'll illustrate through two cases:

Case One: Tracy McIntosh (a male) is a well known professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He drugged a young woman and raped her repeatedly. He pleaded no contest to sexual assault and possession of a controlled substance. Rayford Means, the judge hearing the case sentenced McIntosh to serve one year under house arrest and twelve years of probation. Huh? Doesn't sound like such a bad deal for the rapist, does it? The judge cited McIntosh's service to stroke victims as a rational for the light sentence. Since when do we allow rapists to go virtually scott free because of their service to others? I guess his "good deeds" in the medical community give him carte blanche to rape women. Give me a break...

Case two: Five high school students from the Milton Academy in Massachusetts were expelled after receiving oral sex from a girl in a locker room. The girl involved has said that she was not coerced into her actions. Just days before, this same girl gave oral sex to four other boys and the day after the locker room event she did the same to another boy in front of classmates at a party. The girl was given time to discuss the situation with her family, yet all five boys were removed from the academy. This poor girl clearly needs therapy. Is it right that she should go virtually scott free while the boys involved are punished? If academy administrators would like to send a clear message that sexual acts are not tolerated on campus grounds, shouldn't they be consistent in how they punish their students?


4 Comments:

Anonymous little john said...

I did high school over twnety years ago, but how do I get into the Milton Academy? Seriously, you raise a good point. But is the problem with society or a very lenient judge. I imagine most people think professor McIntosh should be in prison for a long time. And I think that many people would agree with the suspension of the boys from Milton. Having oral sex in the school locker room? That sounds like a violation of high school rules. And given the the girs apparent history shouldn't the boys known that she was trouble and to stay away. ( Boy I expect alot of virtue out of my high school students, don't I?)

5:30 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

I don't dispute the removal of the boys involved, but why is the girl not punished? Seems like a terrible lack of consistency. Nice comment, little john!

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say a good flogging for all and then back to class for the professor and the high school students.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous little john said...

Yes, they should have punished the girl.

3:32 PM  

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