Hannah and Je together

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

What can we do for Minor Rapists?

Recently I had to face many sad news including North Korean threatening, Boston bombing, and a 17-year-old Canadian girl who killed herself after being raped. And yesterday, along with the bombing, I heard another news that a 15-year-old American girl also killed herself in San Jose, California.

According to what I’ve seen on TV news, she was raped when she was unconscious by three boys in a party, and they took the picture of raping (or assault) which eventually went viral. She found it out and killed herself.

I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears – the boys (also 15 years old then) not only raped, but also took and share the photo! Momentarily I was filled with anger and I said two things to my wife.

First, the government must cut penis of all rapists, plus let them spend their lives in prison.

Second, there should be NO distinguish between minor and adult crime when it comes to raping.

Personally, I think the US and Canada‘s crime penalties for minors are so generous which I believe is actually encouraging the teenagers to commit crimes. I strongly believe the justice system must go tougher for minors also.

I understand that the minors can make mistakes, so I agree the lighter punishment for them. But at least, when it comes to raping, there should be NO – NEVER – NO distinguish and/or difference between adult and minor.

The teenagers can rape because they know the consequence which is not much.

I also heard that the raping is the most re-occurring crime. So if the government wants to stop it, they should cut the penis of all rapists. Do you think it is too much? Just think or imagine your own wife or daughter was raped (and also suicided), then you wouldn’t think it is too much.

Raping is much worse than murdering! Cut the rapists’ penis!

북한의 위협과 보스턴의 폭탄 테러, 그리고 캐나다에서 17세 소녀가 강간 당한 뒤에 자살했다는 소식 등 최근에 참 슬픈 소식을 여럿 들었다. 그리고 어제, 폭탄 테러와 함께 캘리포니아의 산호세에서 15세 소녀가 강간 당한 뒤에 자살했다는 소식을 또 들었다.

테레비 뉴스에 따르면 파티에서 의식이 없을 때 남학생 세 명에게 강간을 당했는데, 강간당하는 사진을 찍었는데, 이게 인터넷에서 퍼졌다고 한다. 그리고 이를 나중에 발견한 소녀가 자살을 했다.

도저히 내 눈과 귀를 믿을 수가 없었다. 당시 15세였던 남학생들이 강간만 한 것이 아니라 사진까지 찍어서 공유를 하다니! 순간적으로 나는 분노에 휩싸여 아내에게 두 가지를 말했다.

먼저, 정부는 강간범의 자지를 모조리 자른 후에 평생 감옥에 살게 해야 한다.

그리고, 강간에 대해서는 어른과 미성년자 처벌에 차이를 두어서는 안된다.

개인적으로 미국과 캐나다의 미성년자 처벌이 너무 관대하다고 생각하는데, 결국은 청소년에게 범죄를 격려하는 꼴이 된다. 사법 시스템에 청소년에게도 좀 더 세게 나가야 한다고 강력히 생각한다.

청소년들이 실수를 할 수도 있다는 걸 이해하고, 처벌이 조금 가벼워야 한다는 것에도 동의한다. 하지만 적어도 강간에 대해서 만큼은 절대로 결단코 어른과 미성년자의 차등이 없어야 한다.

청소년들이 강간을 하는 이유는 어떤 처벌을 받을 지 알기 때문이다. 그러니까 별 처벌 안받는 다는 거.

또 듣기로는 강간이 가장 재발률이 높은 범죄라고 하는데, 만일 정부가 이를 막고자 한다면 강간범의 자지를 모두 잘라야 한다. 너무 심하다고? 당신의 아내와 딸이 강간 당했다고 (그리고 자살했다고) 상상해 보라. 그러면 이 게 너무 심한 게 아니라고 생각할 것이다.

강간은 살인보다 더 악랄한 범죄다! 강간범의 자지를 절단하라!

 

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Friday, 5 October 2012

US North East Trip – Massachusetts

Our next destination was Massachusetts whose official name is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As long as I know, there are only four states which use Commonwealth in their official name, not State.

Beautiful Massachusetts Highway

On the highway, we went into a rest area and found that Korean flag was hung with UN flag which was quite interesting.

Korea and UN flag in a rest area, Massachusetts

I found it  was Korean war Memorial. Even in the state of Delaware, we ran on a highway whose name is Korean War Memorial Highway. I was ashamed that America tries more to remember the Korean War than we Koreans do.

Korean War Memorial Rest Area in Massachusetts

We spent a night at Sandy Pond in a tent. It was very nice camping place, but the thing was it was too cold that night to sleep in a tent. If you go to Massachusetts, Sandy Pond would be nice choice for camping – http://www.sandypond.com/

We went to the Province Town at the tip of the Cape Cod. A captain named it Cape Cod at this town in 1602, and people in Mayflower signed to settle and build self-governed community in 1620. It is very small and beautiful town. Its famous beach is very very long and so nice. Just walking from one end to the other end of the beach could be very challenging. And this town is now famous for…..

Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Experience

Wow… Unexpected in this small and beautiful town. I am not saying anything, just unexpected in the town guide book.

And we went to that famous place, probably one of the most famous place in the United States – Plymouth, the America’s Hometown. If you don’t know Plymouth, you may have heard about a ship named Mayflower. The Mayflower departed Plymouth, England for Plymouth in America, but they actually arrived at Province Town in Cape Cod.

Mayflower looks like t his (Plimoth Plantation)

And the second Mayflower departed from London, England and they arrived Plymouth in America. If you go to Plymouth, Massachusetts, you can visit Plimoth Plantation where you can see and experience the original settlement colony and the early lives also aboriginal tribes lives.

And in the town of Plymouth, you can see the Replica of Mayflower II on the harbour.

Mayflower II replica at Plymouth

And then we headed to Boston. Oh, by the way, the Massachusetts trip were not made in a day, it took a few days. And Boston is famous for Freedom Trail.

Just follow and that’s it!

Not like other cities, Boston made it really easy for the tourists. You can just follow two lines of red bricks to see all the famous and historical sites!

State House of Massachusetts

This is the State House of Massachusetts, in the other side of the public park named Boston Common. The dome is coated with real gold!

Inside the dome

You can get the free guided tour in the State House which was very nice. And I again found  that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are the real gods of America.

Sacred Cod

Sacred Cod is one of the State House symbol and they cannot make a law (legislate) without the presence of this fish! This was stolen twice.  First one was done by the students at Harvard University. After the second theft, they now hang it up high. And they also have Holy Mackerel.

Teagle

On top of this picture, you can see a bird which is often called Teagle. When it was made, America had not yet decided the symbol of the country. There was debate between Eagle and Turkey. So they just made a bird with Turkey’s head and Eagle’s body, and now they call it Teagle.

Street performers are not only at NYC

You can also see some of the street performers (not as many as in NYC though). Especially the guy in the left side was so fun and good. He also said Hannah is so beautiful and because of that, she wanted to tip him. Unfortunately, I had only 50 bills which is toooooo big for a tip.

USS Constitution

This ship is almost at the end of the freedom trail. The USS Constitution was built and launched in 1797 and now the oldest navy ship in the world which is still afloat.  There are much more to write about this ship and the freedom trail, but I just don’t want this posting to be too long.

Hockey, eh!

And Boston is not only for serious history, it has lots of fun too. We went to the nearby school whose name is Harvard University, often referred as the World’s best school.

Business School at Harvard University

We parked at the school’s parking lot with very cheap price for the day, and we walked to almost everywhere in the campus. As you may know, old schools like Harvard don’t have walled campus.

Harvard is famous for this

Hannah led me to some of the buildings and told me pointing the buildings, which one is where Matt Damon studied or stayed, and which one is where Mark Zuckerberg stayed, and so on.

And even after Massachusetts, our trip continued. We just came half way, eh!

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