Editor, The Commercial:

Editor, The Commercial:

The latter clause of Arkansas code 5-14-103 says the minimum sentence for a person who rapes a child is 25 years. However, with the prosecuting attorneys reducing the charges to give the offenders less time, giving the offenders minimum sentence or something close to it and sometimes, as with my case, just saying the heck with the victim and giving a very light sentence. One can plainly see there’s a demand for change and accountability. Twenty-five years for the rape of an 8-year-old child, 28 years for the rape of a 9-year-old child and 12 years for two counts of rape of a child are sentences that shouldn’t be acceptable. What about the children? How much longer will we continue allowing the judicial system to victimize the children? We’re the voice of the children and we can make a difference.

Clyde Hawkins

Portland