Re: Serious Question Of The Day ... (txt)

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Posted by Louis on July 23, 2006 at 01:38:40:

In Reply to: Serious Question Of The Day ... (txt) posted by Conundrum on July 21, 2006 at 16:10:08:

: I haven't posted one of these for a while as, truth be told, I disagreed with the decision to delete the last Serious Question Of The Day thread, even after I was told the reasons for the decision.
: However, I appreciate that the monitors on this board have to make a judgement call about such things but that doesn't mean I have to agree with them. *g*
: But I wanna try one more time, I think there is room for civilised mature discussion on this board provided it does indeed remain civilised and mature. So please remember the golden rule people, if you can't play nice don't play at all. Thanks.

: Today in England, a 15 year old boy was sentenced in a rape trial for assaulting an 11 year old girl.

: If you want to read about the case, here is a link:

: The boy himself cannot be named for legal reasons as he is only 15.

: Do you agree that juvenille offenders should not be publicly named regardless of their crime? If not, why not? If so, why?

I've never thought about it all that awful much but I'm posting partly just cos I quite like the SQotD. To tell the truth, I'm not sure how massively effective that particular law is anyway. Anyone who particularly wanted to know who that 15 year old, or any other kid committing a crime, could find out with comparatively little effort I imagine. It certainly deters casual interest, and I think it probably does reduce the coverage in the media somewhat since they can't do background stories on the person and so on, but anyone who wanted to could probably attend the trial, or get the details from a little bit of digging around. The child will presumably identify themselves in the coverage, which will be on a general level about how horrible the person committing the crime is, etc. so it doesn't really protect them in that way. Anyone who knew either the victim or accused in question is certainly going to know the details, as are probably everyone in the area around due to gossip and rumour, which is even less likely to be accurate than tabloids.

I guess it might mean that they won't be identified in later life with something they did when they were underage, but does the law preventing disclosure extend past the age of their majority? Besides, in a case like this, the kid will be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life anyway, after the nine years or so he's going to spend locked up.

Lastly, I'm not really sure that something like not having their name revealed will make that much difference considering the situation they already find themselves in. I see the point more for the victim though I must admit.


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