By now, I am sure most of our readers have heard Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been sentenced to life imprisonment sexually assaulting two minors.
What I wonder though is why Jeffs has to be in prison for life for having consensual sex with two underage girls while men who violently beat and rape their wives/girlfriends are out in just a few years (if convicted at all).
Sure, I know the first reaction of our readers will likely be, â€œConsensual?! Are you freaking kidding me?â€ Of course, I recognize that even if these children were consensual, they have been raised in a community from when they were little to be expected to become a plural wife. Some might call this brainwashing.
Regardless, the point of my post isnâ€™t to determine whether what Jeffs did was with actual, objective consent; my point is why much more violent acts are treated much more lightly in our society.