Monday, July 23, 2012
Justice versus fairness...
Like this article, about a seventeen year old girl who is at risk of being found in contempt of court for naming the guys who raped her.
According to the article, the girl was outraged and frustrated by the injustice of the deal the boys cut with the court and decided to go against the order from the judge to keep the under aged boys' names secret and tweeted about them. Now the boys' attorneys are requesting that she be charged with contempt.
And here's where I'm torn.
On one hand, I can totally see how frustrating and infuriating it must be for this girl. She was attacked, assaulted, and now her attackers are getting a slap on the wrist. Not only that, but they're being protected by the courts. It must feel an awful lot like victim blaming to her.
She's decided to take a stand, which I have to admire her for. She's decided that, regardless of the decision of the court, she's going to name them because it's HER that this thing happened to, and she's decided that that gives her the right to decide whether she can talk about it or not. That takes some guts.
This girl is serious, she's willing to go to jail if necessary. You can't help admire anyone who, after going through something so awful, is willing to stand up and say that she'll do what she thinks is necessary.
But on the other hand, the boys are under aged and according to the law they're entitled to protection. Yes, they did something dreadful, and yes from the sounds of it they deserved a much more serious punishment than the one they were given, but that doesn't change the facts.
They're kids, and they're entitled to a certain level of anonymity, which they've now lost with their names tweeted to the world. The consequences for them are now going to be a lot further reaching than was originally intended.
I don't know ... like I said, I find the whole thing very difficult to reconcile in my mind.
What are your opinions?