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May 31 2014, 09:25 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.
I don't disagree that there are some major differences, but I will always take exception to the "was young and misguided girl who was dealing with incredible trauma and emotional upheaval" argument. She was 17. When she kidnapped Belle, she was 16. Sixteen and seventeen year olds know that kidnapping and drugging people are wrong. That's not misguided. A lot of people, especially in Salem, have to deal with emotional upheaval and trauma. That doesn't make her crimes less than they are. It puts them in a larger context, not unlike how Nicole's history and experiences provide a broader context for her. Context and perspective only help our understanding over their motivations, but it doesn't change the severity of what they do.
I think you are completely twisting my points, but whatever.

In my earlier post, I differentiated between the kidnapping and the drugging. The wrong in the kidnapping was a clear cut, but the drugging is not. Let's stipulate that drugging someone is not something that a well adjusted normal person does, regardless of trauma or age. But 17 is till young and scientifically speaking not developed emotionally, physically, cognitively and in terms of maturity. That is why we have juvenile courts.

I am not using history of trauma as a reason to absolve all of Sami's crimes, as you're alluding to, I am just saying, her raping Austin does not have the same weight as EJ's rape or Kristen's rape. When someone is young, troubled and seeking love, they do all kinds of crazy things. Sami was not capable of understanding or connecting her rape to what she was doing to Austin. She just deluded herself that if they "made love," he would love her and they'll be together. She didn't have the full cognitive skills to understand what she was doing and its ramification. If she did the same thing today, then it will be a different story.

Jean Piaget would disagree with you about a 17-year old not having "full cognitive skills".

But, since Elvis "thought he was making love" to Samonther when he raped her, that makes them both still about the same cognitive age as Sami when she raped Austin. Isn't that what he said?
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