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  •  From personal experience, a cousin several (5+ / 0-)

    years younger than these guys sexually assaulted my daughter ~ 7. Took a lot for me to forgive him, even knowing how much abuse he was getting from his father. They both resolved it a decade ago. I was able to confront it during the Sandusky scandal and although it will probably be years before I see him again, if ever, it will be OK.

    In this case the young men obviously needed to be charged, the conviction and sentencing are appropriate. This is a situation where they can be so destroyed they go on to other crimes; or get counseling to understand what they did wrong, what contributed to it (alcohol) and to learn the lesson rather than lose it.

    Much better that they are in a juvenile facility that has a better chance of staff who understand the difference in mental development of a teen and an adult 25 or older.

    And that development phase was cited last year in Elena Kagan's decision on punishment for juveniles tried as adults.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:33:04 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you... (0+ / 0-)

      I tried several times to respond to the chatter above, you said it much better than I have been able to. People who refuse to understand the difference between juvenile and adult frustrate me to distraction.

      This makes about as much sense as Mike Huckabee on mescaline. - Prodigal 2-6-2008

      by Tonedevil on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:37:27 PM PDT

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