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Default Canadian judge gives child abuser lighter sentence, because his grandparents attended a residential school

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/ca...arette-lighter

A Quebec aboriginal man who repeatedly burned a five-year-old girl with a cigarette, leaving permanent scars on her face, arms, legs and genitalia, has been given a lenient sentence after a judge determined he is a “collateral victim” of residential school abuse.
Bellemare, who was 21 at the time of the assaults, is too young to have attended a residential school, as are his parents. But he grew up in an abusive household that the court heard was a legacy of residential school abuse suffered by his grandparents. All four of his grandparents were removed from the community to attend residential schools.
The judge said Bellemare is among the “collateral victims of residential schools and of the cultural genocide that the Atikamekws of Wemotaci experienced.”

He agreed that the violence inflicted by Bellemare was “serious, revolting and must be denounced to protect other children who are victims of violence.” But he concluded that the four years sought by the Crown was excessive in light of the accused’s aboriginal heritage.

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Differences in sentencing depending on the circumstances makes sense to me. The goal of the justice system shouldn't be getting revenge, but preventing more crime.

I don't know a whole lot about residential schools, but this wikipedia quote kinda justifies the reduced sentencing already:

hile day schools for First Nations, Metis and Inuit children always far outnumbered residential schools, a new consensus emerged in the early 21st century that the latter schools did significant harm to Aboriginal children who attended them by removing them from their families, depriving them of their ancestral languages, through sterilization, and by exposing many of them to physical leading to sexual abuse by staff members, and other students, and enfranchising them forcibly.
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Sure, if the person who committed the crime went to a residential school, then it could be justified. But it was their GRANDPARENTS. Two whole generations away.

It's the same nonsensical line of reasoning as wanting to give black people today reparations for their ancestors being slaves. They were not personally affected by it, why should they be given compensation?


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