What’s Current: The rapist race for Times’ Person of the Year Award is closely tied

Donald Trump and Julian Assange are deadlocked for Times' Person of the Year Award. Photograph via Independent
Donald Trump and Julian Assange are deadlocked for Times’ Person of the Year Award. Photograph via Independent

It’s that time for Times’ Person of the Year Award. Will it be Rapist A or Rapist B?

Justice Maria Linhares de Sousa of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice just struck down Canada’s mandatory minimum sentence for “sexual interference” with minors. Hilla Kerner of Vancouver Rape Relief told The Globe and Mail that while she supports strong sentences for child predators, mandatory minimum sentencing may be a weak approach:

“[We] think judges should have the discretion and the autonomy to decide on appropriate sentences. The way to go is not to tie judges’ hands but to make sure they understand the nature of these crimes and how men use their power to attack women and children,” Hilla Kerner of Vancouver Rape Relief told The Globe and Mail.

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