I shudder to think it can take 13 years to convict a rapist. How many more did that person defile by the time they were convicted? How many would a murderer have killed if similar logic is applied? It is also demoralizing to see New York City altering its law to reduce bureaucracy yet others cannot borrow or make similar initiatives.
The person is raped here, mentally traumatized, and is released back to the community they hail from. All this time their mind is unsettled and mental state unstable, full of fears of recurrence and generally unable to bond properly with their loved ones. Meanwhile the perpetrator walks.
What is the law's core business and priority? Is it not to dispense justice and side with the citizenry always? It's a sad fact that law is not half as innovative as crime and criminals. Part of the problem is reactivity versus being proactive. Intelligence collection should be boosted to try and keep ahead of crime, as opposed to law enforcement waiting to be fed by complainants.
Even in an era of budget cuts, law enforcement should actively invest in the communities they operate from, with emphasis on education (e.g. on personal security), and initiatives such as discreet lines (hotlines) for anonymous reporting. All suspicious characters in communities must have Police visitations to find out who they are and databases to log their details. That might prove the start law needs to stay ahead of these kind of challenges.
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