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LETTER: A life sentence


The article Jan. 18 about Brendon Alexander Poirier getting nine months jail sentence for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl is sickening. For the victim of such crimes, the after effects of such a traumatic experience are a life sentence.

It affects everything in her life for as long as she will live; relationships, intimacy, self esteem and so much more. With the right kind of therapy and help, she can have a good life but that trauma is always a part of her life, forever.

This brings me to ask, What kind of society do we live in when someone who robs a store gets more jail time than someone who sexually assaults a child?

In December of 2016, Matthew Carter got two years in jail for robbing a convenience store with a knife. However assaulting a child in the most intimate manner possible, robbing her of her self-respect and peace of mind gets nine months. I feel enraged by this.

Our justice system does not prioritize the sexual assault of children and women in our society. The people who make the decisions and who create our legislative policies give us lip service saying what great work is being done in family violence and sexual assault area. This is bull! And clearly, the sentence for Poirier is a clear indicator where our priorities are in our society.

The sexual assault of children is not important enough to warrant even a year sentence but robbing a convenience store gets more acknowledgement, two years in prison. If we want to create a better society for our future generations, it is time to do something about this issue and give the proper sentencing that is deserved in such a heinous crime.

When children are hurt and the adults do nothing, that in itself is a crime.

Anne Gallant,

Charlottetown

It affects everything in her life for as long as she will live; relationships, intimacy, self esteem and so much more. With the right kind of therapy and help, she can have a good life but that trauma is always a part of her life, forever.

This brings me to ask, What kind of society do we live in when someone who robs a store gets more jail time than someone who sexually assaults a child?

In December of 2016, Matthew Carter got two years in jail for robbing a convenience store with a knife. However assaulting a child in the most intimate manner possible, robbing her of her self-respect and peace of mind gets nine months. I feel enraged by this.

Our justice system does not prioritize the sexual assault of children and women in our society. The people who make the decisions and who create our legislative policies give us lip service saying what great work is being done in family violence and sexual assault area. This is bull! And clearly, the sentence for Poirier is a clear indicator where our priorities are in our society.

The sexual assault of children is not important enough to warrant even a year sentence but robbing a convenience store gets more acknowledgement, two years in prison. If we want to create a better society for our future generations, it is time to do something about this issue and give the proper sentencing that is deserved in such a heinous crime.

When children are hurt and the adults do nothing, that in itself is a crime.

Anne Gallant,

Charlottetown

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