- May 30 2014, 12:23 PM
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I am sorry but I have to disagree with you. While what Sami did is wrong and an antisocial behavior, her crime is not similar to Victor, Jack, EJ, Kristen, Lawrence or any of the other rapists who populate Salem. Sami was an adolescent girl when she did what she did. In the eyes of the law and society her actions are different, for the following reasons:
1. All of the above listed rapists were adults;
2. They clearly intended harm and ruination
3. they caused their victims irreparable harm
Sami on the other hand, was young and misguided girl who was dealing with incredible trauma and emotional upheaval. She heard something from someone and she didn't think about the ramification, nor did she think it was rape. If I am not mistaken Sami was just recovering from the trauma of her voilent rape.
She's not similar to predator Kristen who was fully aware of what she was doing.
In addition, if she was charged, Sami would not have spent a single day in jail. Why? Because she was not yet an adult. When Sami did what she did, her cognitive, emotional and social maturation was still developing. For that reason, the law has different rules for adults and children in crimes (except when craven politicians get involved to placate the mob).
But even if we don't compare the actions of a confused young girl to the actions of a 30+ and 50+ year olds, and we don't focus on the still developing brain structures of a teenager and full grown adults, the nature of their crimes were still different. It's not true that rape is rape, the same way that it's not true that murder is murder. Every crime has different circumstances and the nature of the crime and the set of circumstances matter a great deal.