Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Conservatives Want Rape Victims Arrested
Wow, just wow.
ALBANY - Teen hookers are victims, not criminals, according to a Queens lawmaker who is pushing a controversial measure that would keep pubescent prostitutes out of prison.So New York Republican (god, families, and morals) party wants 11 year olds arrested for being raped. I wonder how many "moral values" Republicans want girls arrested for being raped?
"Why are we charging children with prostitution when in fact it's a criminal activity they can't consent to?" asked Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans).
Scarborough, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families, said that with prostitutes as young as 11 and 12 working the streets, the law should be offering a hand, not handcuffs.
"These kids are not only victims of sexual exploitation, but also are victimized by a justice system that insists on treating them as criminals."[...]
The proposal was quickly bashed by an ally of Gov. Pataki, state Conservative Party boss Mike Long.
"This shows the Assembly majority has its moral compass pointed in the wrong direction," he said.