I’ve been reading a story recently that’s got me a little bit angry. There’s a few guys that have got into quite a bit of trouble you see. Michael Henderson (32 years old), Colin Holmes (25 years old) and Barron Wright (20 years old) have all pled guilty to communicating in a sexual manner over the internet to a girl aged 14 (the legal age in this country is 16). As a result of this they have been put on three years probation each, have to attend sex offender rehabilitation programmes and have to be registered as sex offenders for the duration of their probation. Gary Wilson (41 years old) admitted having sex with a thirteen year old girl and was jailed for two years. Martin Murray (36 years old) admitted having sex with a thirteen year old girl and taking sexually explicit photos of her with his phone and was also jailed for two years. Finally, Daniel Walker (33 years old) sent sexual message to an underage girl and was jailed for eighteen months. All six of these men met the victims of their abuse on Faceparty, the social networking site pictured over on the right.
You know, if I were to leave this post as it was now I can imagine the comments I’d get. Some cursing these guys as sick. Others lamenting that the sentencing is so light. Hell, that’s what I’d write. So before we move on to comments, let me fill you in with a little extra detail on these cases. Maybe you’ll even get to see why I’m angry about it.
The victims of these attacks committed by these men (who are spread around different parts of this country) are all the same girl. A girl who, at 13 years of age, began looking for sexual partners online under the screen name “The Edinburgh Whore”. A girl who had a tattoo at 13 despite the legal age for tattoos being 18 years old. A girl who posted topless photos of herself to her profile on Faceparty when 14 years old in an attempt to increase the number of sexual partners she found. A girl who claimed to all of these men that she was over 16 (the legal age limit for sex, and coincidentally also the minimum age limit for use in Faceparty’s terms and conditions).
The law is there to protect victims of crimes by punishing those who do wrong. Now I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t think this girl can be called a victim given the circumstances. In this case it seems to me like the men I named are the victims of some little whore, and that she needs to be locked up herself. Your thoughts?