the difference between an 8 year old rape victim and a 40 year old rape victim is that a 40 year old is an adult, has matured sexually, and knows what rape is. that is why an adult should be punished whereas a child should be given psychiatric help. a child would simply be acting out learnt behaviour, just like how a child learns how to behave from adults, their parents etc.(Original post by lostdoll)
I wasn't really referring to a 4 year old, more 8+. I suppose it could be easier to help a rapist when they are younger and more impressionable, but I'm not entirely sure. I think if someone has been sexually abused it stays with them for a very long time (I may be wrong) and that goes for the offending youth rapist too. I understand what you are saying, but it's hard to have any sympathy even for a child, if they have raped someone else when you know the suffering of the rape victim. 40 year old rapists were children once too, and may have been abused children once...it doesn't mean I'm going to change my mind about them.
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