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Rafeea Almas Dr. Monica Smith English 1301-Paper Three June 25, 2007 Let There be Justice for Children's Sake Millions of children are neglected and mistreated everyday, and there is no reason for them to endure such a disgusting treatment. When their perpetrators are finally caught, it is evident that they should be punished harshly. Yet they are not. Most child abusers walk away with an average of four months in prison, and a maximum five year probation period. These monsters need to be punished severely, so that the next time they acquire an urge to abuse innocents again, they will think twice about doing so. Today, there needs to be harsh retribution. The commercial sexual exploitation and abuse of children is nothing less than a form of terrorism - one whose wanton destruction of young lives and futures must not be tolerated for another minute. According to the Administration for Children and Families of the United States Department of Health and Human Service Child Maltreatment 2005 report, approximately three and a half million allegations of child abuse and neglect, including six million children, were made to Child Protective Services (CPS) ...read more.


Victims abused by non-parental perpetrators accounted for about eleven percent. A non-parental perpetrator is defined as a caregiver who is not a parent and can include foster parent, child daycare staff, unmarried partner of parent, legal guardian, and residential facility staff. The data for victims of specific maltreatment types were analyzed in terms of perpetrator relationship to the victim. Of the victims who experienced neglect, eighty seven percent were neglected by a parent. Of the victims who were sexually abused, twenty nine percent were abused by a relative other than a parent (Gaudiosi 29). As for the answer to why, most child abusers were ill-treated themselves. One-third of mistreated and neglected children will eventually victimize their own children (News). As child abuse finally begins to get the publicity it deserves, there is now a question of what to do with child abusers. Child molesters who have a high probability of repeating the offense should get a mandatory life sentence with no possibility of parole. Level three offenders, the most likely to molest again, only receive "an average of four months in jail and five years probation" (Poitras). ...read more.


If the prisoner has a family, it receives one-third of the earnings. At the end of the sentence, the prisoner returns to solitary confinement in a minimum security prison. After twenty years of work, prisoners may retire to a minimum security prison, where they are allowed to mingle among themselves, for the remainder of their lives. To ensure the safety of not only our future, but ourselves from the horrific acts that take place among us, we must bring justice to the cause. Any person threatening that cause should be punished in such a way that he/she never thinks to ill-treat another child again, for those that are not punished severely will think it safe to commit the crime repeatedly. Some might say that life in prison for a child molester is cruel and unusual punishment; prison is supposed to be an institution that keeps criminals who are a threat to society locked up to protect the innocent. Knowing that child predators will likely molest again, we have an obligation to protect our children, and safeguard our future. I have read and understood the guidelines set forth in the Code of Student Life for maintaining WTAMU's academic integrity, and I attest that the enclosed work adheres to those guidelines. ...read more.

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