I recently read an article about a guy in Quebec. He was an aboriginal man facing charges of child abuse because he burned a young girl with a cigarette some 25 times on her body, genitals and face. She was five, and will probably be scarred both physically and mentally for life.
He was facing a term of four years but was given only 15 months because the judge determined he is a “collateral victim” of residential school abuse. He is only 21. Neither he, nor his parents, attended the residential school but his GRANPARENTS did. He apparently grew up in an abusive household.
Well, I’m not going to pretend I understand what growing up in such an environment can do to a person, but I think there’s a pretty clear line between right and wrong. And I don’t care what kind of environment you grow up in- burning a five-year-old 25 times with a cigarette is clearly wrong.
If he were a soldier doing this to an Iraqi or Afghan he would have been charged with torture, which it is. I wish I knew how to solve the many problems our aboriginals face, but I don’t think a 15-month jail sentence is just, and it won’t do anything to improve the situation.