A victim’s view on death penalty for rape

June 26, 2008
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The media and the general public are still buzzing about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to overturn a death sentence for a Louisiana man convicted of raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter. News reports have discussed whether someone can be put to death when a murder wasn’t committed, but a story from ABC news gives a different perspective on the issues in the case.

Jody Plauche is the 36-year-old man who was raped and kidnapped as a child and was interviewed for the ABC story. He explained that often the offender is someone the child knows and children may mistakenly believe the reason the rapist is being executed is because the child reported the crime, not because of the crime itself. The weight of knowing someone died because the child told on the offender could end up being worse on the child’s psyche than the rapist sitting in prison for life.

What do you think? Did the Supreme Court get it right in overturning the sentence or does child rape warrant a death sentence? Are you surprised some child rape victims agree with the majority of the court?
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  • Hey,

    I think this topic needs to be discussed and I applaud you for bringing it up!

    When I have more time I will comment more on this story. I will explain why I believe what I believe.

    Jody Plauche\'
    Baton Rouge, LA
  • Here is a link to a radio interview I did out of Birmingham, AL...I get a chance to explain myself pretty well.

    http://www.960werc.com/cc-common/podcast.html

    Jody Plauche\'
    Baton Rouge, LA

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