Jim Svetlecic (5/20, Letters) argues against executing all criminals, including rapists. I was raped as a teenager and was too ashamed to report it or even tell my parents. I never reported the rape because in my youth, the victim was always made out to be the criminal.
It bothers me to this day that I kept silent. There isn’t a crime more vile then sexual assault. It demeans the victim and takes years of therapy to get through it.
It is not a crime that deserves a slap on the wrist or a few years in prison with possibility of parole. It deserves to be considered as heinous as murder because it kills a person’s spirit.
Studies show that rapists often were raped or abused themselves. We know what breeds these low, vile people — male or female — but we have no concrete way of successfully treating them so that they don’t offend again.
Would Svetlecic feel the same way regarding executions for rape if it were his son or daughter who was violently victimized by a rapist?
If execution for rape were on the table, then there would be far less of it happening in this country.