WARNING oh ye fragile souls... this post contains references to perfectly natural sexual activities that pretty much all adults engage in themselves or at least know about, but we often get in a tizzy about. So if you can hnadle all the brain splattering gore you sometimes find in martial arts discussions, you should be ok, but you were warned.
Ok. Let me preface all this with the admission that I'm biased, as I am a sex offender myself. Before you freak out, and send your dogs, or shoot me, finish reading the post.
First, we have to define what we mean by a sex offender. Afterall, the age of consent here in Boston is 16. Back in virginia it was 18. That means a 60 year old guy who sleeps with a 16 and a day teen here is a-ok, and down in virginia, an 18 yr old man who sleeps with his longtime sweetheart when she's 17 and 3/4 is a sex offender and rapist.
The other plus to living down in VA is you pretty much know what the state allows you to do on your weekends: anything besides vaginal intercourse between married people (and I'm told in the missionary position) is illegal.
--No oral sex between men and women, two women, or two men.
--No anal sex between the same.
--And don't even ask if you're allowed to own a.... ahem, self stimulation product.
Basically, since research I did while in VA indicated that 88+% of young married couples had engaged in oral sex, and based on my interactions with a bazillion college students (platonic, I mean) I can assure you that there are untold thousands of sex offenders running amok in the Nazi State of Virginia Camped out in your Bedroom. And God bless most of 'em.
NOW, we can move on to the people we're porbably all talking about. These are the sexual predators. They raped someone, or something along those lines. Maybe a kid. And here I'm not talking about those 16 yr old kids I've met in STD clinic who are shockingly sexually precocious, and have on occasion been known to seduce someone in the adult age range and expose THEM to wild things they'd never have otherwise imagined (altough the adult is the one charged with rape if they go along with it). Let's talk about awful, forcible rape, the kind only animals engage in.
Honestly, it's not as bad as murder. I'd rather be raped ten times than murdered. After you are murdered, you're dead. They took EVERYTHING. Rape victims suffer, sometimes tremendously. But so do victims of drunk driving accidents who are badly hurt. That can be just as crippling. And we don't execute all drunk drivers, or all murderers, even though they are worse.
One reason may be the fact that one state put a moratorium on executions when it counted more people released from death row INNOCENT than it killed. If put all drunk drivers and killers on death row, we have to accept that we're going to take out a lot of innocent people. We'll also spend as much as we would housing them for life (in the current climate of repeated suits and appeals). We will also kill people who ARE salvagable; I met a guy who forcibly sexually assaulted a woman and is in jail for it now. Man was an untreated schizophrenic at the time who attacked her with a knife and later cut into the artery in his own bicep to kill himself. He failed, got jailed, got treated, and now (lest things have changed) he's a model jail citizen, and he's IN CHARGE of the knives for the maximum security prison kitchen. He's an exception. There's also that priest interviewed in newsweek who abused 3 boys when they were 13ish and since recognized his illness and is living in self imposed exile and who has reachedc out to his victims with apologies.
But my point is we can't kill em all, we have to address individuals, and individuals, at this point in time, can make mistakes, can kill with their hands or a car driven while drunk, and be released when they serve their time.
How do we make the crime of sexual assault SO bad that it exceeds murder in its severity?
PS, if your dog will tear the balls off a pedophile, how can we be sure it won't tear the balls of a... pedo?
PPS, this was at times a flippant post. So to review my credentials as a nice guy in this matter: I worked for a helpline that counseled rape victims and spoke to several myself; I worked with rape victims--a good bunch--in med school. I know many from college, I've treated a bunch in residency, and I've made very strong bonds with some (like one who refused to speak to the rape counselor and would only talk to me). I've chastized two ERs for not having up to date assault services info readily available. My research in med school was capped with a summary that chastized the leading health assessment company (for whom I was doing the project) for it's poor assessment of domestic violence risk, and I'm continually nearly getting thrown off forums for raising issues of gender equality and such. In other words, I'm really personally invested in helping assault victims and I think the attackers are SCUM--I'm just putting them in perspective.