If you’re a regular reader of my writing, you’re probably aware that I used to reside in one of the countries that border the United States. No, it’s not Mexico, although most people think that. Although I wish I could have been born in that country (as people from there who come to America seem to have it easy in some states), I was instead doomed to a childhood in Canada.
Yeah. It’s a sad truth that I live with. For a time in my life, I was Canadian. I dealt with the goofy monopoly money, was vexed by the strange popularity of hockey and rather annoyed at the celebration of the Queen of England. For years, I wanted nothing more than to leave that pseudo-country behind me and begin a new life in America. I eventually did just that in late 2011.
But even still today, people that I’ve met during my travels in the United States don’t understand why I dislike my former nation of residence. There are many reasons, one of them being the ridiculousness of the country’s criminal justice system. As a recent court case will show you. It’s really quite absurd, and you know what, even a little soul crushingly depressing as well.
Let me paint a picture for you, if I may. One Rehtaeh Parsons, a young and by all accounts nice kid from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Much like the young woman in Steubenville, Ohio who made the news in recent years, Ms. Parsons was also taken advantage of by some psychopaths during an unquestionably horrifying evening. While heavily intoxicated, a predator sexually assaulted her, took a photo of him flashing the thumbs-up sign while he did it and then shared the image.
If you’ve read these kinds of stories before, you’ll likely be able to guess what happened next.
The image made the rounds at the young lady’s school; she was harassed and eventually committed suicide. The man in the photo was tracked down and recently sentenced in court for this egregious crime he committed that resulted in the death of a child who had her whole life ahead of her. Now, you’d think he’d receive a stiff sentence, but sadly, you’d be wrong.
For raping a young girl and causing a chain reaction of events that lead to her death, the young man (Now 20, he was 17 when the crime occurred), was sentenced to 12 months of probation.
I’ll repeat that last fact again for you. For raping a child, and sharing pics of the incident which caused the poor girl to commit suicide, this asshole was sentenced to 12 months of probation. He won’t have to see the inside of the jail cell he so richly deserves to be in. Instead, this psychopath will have to spend a year being monitored by the legal system and he can then move on with his life.
That is awful my diamonds. In America, this guy would likely be put into prison for at least a year or more (Unless he was a politician, athlete, frat brother or celebrity). Not so in the Great White North. Up there, he’ll get a second chance. The mere thought sickens me greatly.
In a just world, Judge Gregory Lenehan would have imposed a stiffer sentence. But sadly, we don’t live in a fantasy land where good people are always rewarded and bad people get what they deserve. Generally that sort of thing happens more often in America, which is why I live here.
So, that’s it ladies and gentlemen, a slight and sad look at one of the reasons why I came down to the land of opportunity. Oh, and if you’re wondering why I didn’t mention the rapists name, it’s because due to the fact that he was underage at the time of the assault, his name can’t be published. Not at all, no one will ever know about what he did unless he tells people.
Isn’t Canada great?
Category: Opinion Writing, Personal WritingTags: 4Chan, Anonymous, Bullying, Canada, Great White North, Halifax, Judge Gregory Lenehan, Justice Minister Lena Diab, Nova Scotia, Rape, Rehtaeh Parsons, Sexual Assault, Slut Shaming, Suicide