What Price Dignity?

€450,000 to be exact, following Milan’s civil court ruling that the parents of two under-age rapists pay their victim roughly $612,216, or £392,356, in civil damages.

Considering the case, no figure could heal what the young child endured.

Aged 12, the unnamed girl was subjected to repeated rape between 2001 and 2003 by the boys aged two and three years older.

The decision marks a precedent not only in terms of court proceedings, but in the manner in which rape – in this specific case rape committed by minors – is viewed.

Significantly, the blame is shifted to the parents who are deemed to have failed to alert their offspring to the “feelings and emotions that enables them to enter into relationships with others that are not merely physical” and to ensure that their sons’ “process of growing up took place in full respect of the feelings, desires and body of others of either sex”. [Source]

It is interesting to note the response of the parents in the above mentioned case, who emphasized their sons’:

Observance of their curfew for coming home, good or satisfactory results at school, education to respect individuals and the Christian values of western culture, attendance at school sex education classes and the fact that before these episodes, some of the boys had shown no particular interest in the female sex. [Source]

All of which raises the question of whether such violence is developed via nature or nurture.

Should parents be blamed for the crimes of their children?

Many would indicate the environment in which children are emerging and the accessibility to violent entertainment; admittedly, they might also be clasping a Daily Express and spitting their tea over breakfast on the subject of migrants, but it is an issue nonetheless.

It would be a sweeping generalization to assume that it is a child’s upbringing would automatically be responsible.

Placing the case aside, is it not possible that certain individuals are cruel by nature?

The issue triggers a spiral of moral questions, so I shall leave this one with you.

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This entry was posted on February 18, 2010 by in Europe, Womyn and tagged , , , .
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