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March 16, 2005

Women's groups seek tough stand on violent crime

In the face of government moves towards lighter sentences to alleviate prison overcrowding, the Consortium on Violence Against Women has called for continued heavy sentences for serious crimes, especially those against women. It says that even if there is proof that minimum sentences contribute to the overpopulation of SA prisons, this is no reason to impose lighter sentences for serious crimes. According to a report in Die Burger, it listed factors that should not be taken into account for mitigation when an offender was being sentenced as: the victim's sexual experience; the offender's cultural beliefs about r ape; the offender's alcohol and substance abuse; the offender's lack of education and bad background; and the victim's seeming lack of physical or emotional damage.
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