Outrageous Sentencing

So a fifteen-year-old girl named Ashley falsifies a police report — lying about not knowing who attacked her on her way to school one day — and she gets twelve months. Tony Simmons, the forty-two-year-old juvenile counselor who has charge of her — the one shuffling her around in handcuffs in the courthouse — makes a detour to the basement on their way to the courtroom and rapes her, which we find is something he’s done with some unknown number of juvenile girls assigned to him over the years, and when it all finally comes out, he gets probation.

No, really.

And we expect our teenagers to have faith in the justice system? To trust the people given power over them? To be good, cooperative kids because the people in authority have their best interests at heart?

Sure. That’s going to happen any time now.

I’ll just sit here and wait for it….


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Angela Benedetti lives in Seattle with her husband and a few thousand books. She loves romance for the happy endings, for the affirmation that everyone who's willing to fight for love deserves to get it and be happy with someone. She's best known for her Sentinel series of novels, the most recent of which is Captive Magic.