Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

According to google in medival europe
"If a man committed Rape, Manslaughter or Robbery they would be hung up in a cage so people could see their slow death"

A more hopeful society might try to reform them with prison punishment like modern irl australia. a more authoritarian country might just execute them like modern irl china.

Prison reform is the ideal, execution on the spot is the hardline, slow death in a cage is the vindictive and cruel.

Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

I kind of find this a weird question to ask. Not that it's a stupid question, far from it. Just, wherever "justice" is concerned, especially when affiliated with morality, there's a lot of debate. An example of what I mean is asking whether violence is a legitimate means for change.

Onto your question, I can't say death is ever "justified" because personally I believe we don't have the right to strip away someone's life. But at the same time (perhaps hypocritically I'll admit), I do believe that we should punish others for committing crimes. Otherwise, this wouldn't be civilization if people could just do whatever freely and injure others. With regards to rape, I disagree with those that tread on it lightly, thinking that if a MC mass slaughters people it's ok, but when it's rape it's suddenly a thousand times worse. This is wrong on two different levels. One, slaughtering others is not ok. Two, rape is indeed more damaging than others might expect. At least those killed died a swift, relatively peaceful/not suffering death. Rape on the other hand causes ineradicable trauma that can lead to the slowest and painful deaths due to the psychological torture leading to possibly physical as well including death by suicide.

Is death the right punishment? I say too easy. He/She should rot in prison to face himself/herself as well as the scrutiny of others as the victim, survivor will likely have to face too. If he/she one day comes to realize the gravity of their actions, then good for them. I do wish them all the best. But that doesn't mean they should get away scot-free---that includes a quick death. Eh, so maybe death is a merciful punishment. I don't know. These sorts of issues are tough.

Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

Depends on the circumstances. Rape has many different forms, believe it or not. Say a normally good guy was drunk and persuaded a not so eager girl to sleep with him, then the girl decides she really regrets it in the morning, this could constitute as rape. In cases like this, death is not justified. 

Where an unemployed guy with no contribution to society and a long list of criminal record decides to break into a house and rape a girl, death would be justified, I would say.

Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

Often times, in medieval prison was a blessing.

If you think it by modern standards, otherwise this is a dumb statement.  

With rape, if the person who was the victim should decide other than death, however, I believe a minimum punishment should be applied.

But, death is a blessing, which is why they hung in public refused to feed etc, which for those times was an ideal punishment because of resources. 

Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

Its not enough for justice *, but its the right thing to do as it prevents the offender committing the same act again.
* though it depends on what you mean by rape

I don't believe you can always have true justice without torture.

Since its simpler and less debatable ("how bad is rape"), I'll use the example of a serial killer. If someone kills three people, it seems reasonable for him to die thrice to atone. Or equivalent. Since dying thrice is impossible, we'd have to use torture.

But we all know we cannot be torturers without becoming a sick bastard in the process. Therefore, there are things too heinous for a good person to punish proportionately. (What if we get some other person to do the torture? Semantics. )

Rape is one of them.

But killing is still the right thing to do. Because they cannot be left alone. Unless there's an effective prison. Personally, I don't hold much hope for those.

So what other choice is there?

Exile to an uninhabited place is another theoretical option that's even further from justice. I know of no good example (Australia doesn't count for many reasons).

If the MC isn't a good person then they can try torture. No guarantees that that's proportionate. irl torture is/was done for other reasons. Like information, malice, or to incite fear. When has anyone heard of torture being done because it was just? Maybe the electric chair, but I'd put that squarely  in the "incite fear" category, with justice being coincidental.

Just goes to show the impossibility of playing god.

Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

The feel good answer for most people would be yes, but it all depend on what people see as “justice”. You can go down a pretty deep and dark philosophical hole if you start to consider what “justice” is and what is “just”.

Most people consider rape a unjust acts that should be punished, but you can create weird hypotheticals around it. For example, what if a rapist who raped hundreds of people was raped themselves as punishment.

Is that justifiable? Is it a case of an eye for an eye? In that case, should the rapist be punished in that same matter hundreds of times? Let not forget about the individual punishing the rapist with rape. Should they be punished or are they a hero? If you don’t punish the so called “hero” then you’re being inconsistent. If you argue that the situation is what determines punishment, you’re still being inconsistent. So you have to create a working definition to define “justice” in a way that meets how you would apply it. You could argue that rape is not an acceptable punishment, then why is death?

I could continue this same line of reasoning for death as a punishment, but it would arrive at the same problem. What would be justifiable would also be inconsistent, and if you don’t care about that, then justice is determined by emotion and not reason.

So rather than say is it true justice, its more apt to ask how people feel about it. Because, it seems to me that justice is more about emotion than reason. 

But seriously, a rapist should be locked up and forced to reflect on what they've done. There are worst thing in life than death after all. Realizing the weight of their actions can be a true personal living hell for some.

Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

Can you recover from rape? Yes

Can you recover from death? No

If you ask me murder/death is 100 times worse than rape. Rape is something you can always recover from, emotional trauma will pass with time or through professional help, worst case scenario you get STD's and/or pregnant, but with modern medicine you can deal with those. Death however, is something permanent that there is no return from.

So no, I don't believe death is a appropriate punishment for a rapist.

Would I kill a rapist, who for example raped one of my family members if the opportunity presented itself? Probably yes, but would I be right to do so? No.

Killing rapist in stories often seems like a cheap way to give justification for the MC to kill someone and let them earn some easy "good guy" points, instead of you know, letting the local law deal with it. 

As for how they should be punished depends on the setting of your story, but generally speaking imprisonment or chemical castration is much more appropriate as a punishment, rather than outright killing them.

But that's just my opinion, generally speaking I only consider death as a appropriate punishment for murderers. 

Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

Zen607 Wrote: Can you recover from rape? Yes

...Rape is something you can always recover from, emotional trauma will pass with time or through professional help, worst case scenario you get STD's and/or pregnant, but with modern medicine you can deal with those.

You are so wrong it pains me. Not trying to attack you, and I debated writing this on grounds of being too patronising but... what the hell, I can't say nothing.

Quote:Death however, is something permanent that there is no return from.

By the way, I don't have a problem with this argument. I agree, but it seems pointless in the face of practicalities.

Quote:Killing rapist in stories often seems like a cheap way to give justification for the MC to kill someone and let them earn some easy "good guy" points, instead of you know, letting the local law deal with it. 

This I agree completely with. 

But back to my point. I want you to reconsider whether any victim can "always recover". Assuming you weren't trying to exaggerate (but if you were... please don't on this kind of topic).

Don't want to rant, so here are the points

  • Some people are weaker than others

  • Not everyone has access to professional help (including first world countries - it is expensive)

  • Not all professional help is effective

  • Rape can screw people up mentally a lot

  • Time, like the old mantra that it heals all wounds. It'd be great if it were true.

Therefore, some people do not have a high chance to recover. 

But, to be fair

  • The average person is remarkably strong

  • Some won't even need professional help

  • Professional help is usually effective

  • 'rape' often refers to something less severe than what might be assumed

Therefore, I'd say most victims recover.

Back to the topic. Or sort of on topic. It is not unfair to insist rape is for some as bad or worse than murder. For those few, it is drawn out and hopeless - an acute internal struggle with no end bar suicide. Sure, that's what happens when they give up. Can't say I blame 'em, though. I'm only able to fight for so long, too. So if something were bad enough and I didn't find enough hope...

Take or don't, but I hope I've incited you to think. Either way, I've said all I care to.

Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

Considering that false convictions will happen, the death penalty is inherently problematic - the state kills someone because someone along the line screwed up their job, then are those people guilty of manslaughter?  If someone pushed through a sentence on poor evidence because they were absolutely certain the person was guilty, but they weren't, is that person guilty of murder, albeit by proxy?  It's nice and neat, but raises a lot of questions of practicality, when an incorrect conviction can at least have some restitution made.  Given that countries with death penalties don't have massively different crime rates, it's of dubious use as a deterrent even.

Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

I think it depends entirely on the story and the characters. The best way I have to think of this question is to consider how someone is aligned. Are they True Neutral? Are they Chaotic Good? Are they Lawful Evil? Most heroes in stories tend to be more Chaotic Good or leaning toward Lawful Neutral. If that's the case, then death is a perfectly reasonable punishment for the rapists (ignoring any sort of moralistic argument btw). If, on the other hand, the (Anti-) Hero of the story is Lawful Evil, we might expect them to use some sort of loophole in the rules to have the rapist suffer a life worse than death. The problem is even more convoluted when a Neutral persona confronts the rapist because then the hero could even attempt to heal the rapist of his/her ways. 

Another problem to add to the list is whether or not rape is a suitable punishment for rape. If they are a Chaotic Evil character type would they inflict the same evil upon him/her that s/he inflicted upon others? Does that make them guilty also?

Yet another problem is legality when caste systems are in-place. If they are of a higher caste, is it ACTUALLY rape? In some stories, rape is ALWAYS rape. In others, if a nobleman rapes a minor then it is the minor's good fortune to bare the bastard child of someone so powerful. At this point, death for the nobleman (or noblewoman in some cases) would be destructive to justice because the victim of the crime can hypothetically benefit more from being subject to the crime/the crime never being brought to light.

In the end, it honestly just depends on the characters and theme of the story.

Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

It usually the consequences to the “good guys” in stories which determines whether the end result is satisfying rather than the consequences to the “bad guys”. I’m putting “Good Guys” in quotes because they aren’t always the protagonist or victim and might be represented by any character who deals with the offender or the consequences of the crime. Like a few stories have the protagonists be polite and stoic no matter what happens and that empowers them as well as making the audience feel more secure. Death can work in most stories but what you actually need to resolve the victimization is a realization of supremacy, like when Harry Potter sees how pitiful Tom Riddle ends up as in the afterlife, you need that sense that good cannot be affected by evil.

I recommend using a lobotomy for maximum effect. No safer position that an enemy that will literally collapse helplessly that you can trample over. There are some antagonists that have that smug grin ever during their execution and it will be no good if you don’t deal with that beforehand.

Re: Is death an appropriate punishment for rape?

Justice is a false morality used by people who want to see what they do as "right" in a universe where right and wrong are decided entirely by the collective. In that case, yes, in many cases death is justice, as the people believe it to be so. In terms of personal opinion, also yes. People who have a history of violence and attacking others, physically at least, do not deserve more than one chance, if that. Serial rapists and murderers, and this goes doubly for bastards that touch children. There's nothing right about killing, but there's nothing right about rape either. One might say an eye for an eye, I say sometimes you fight fires with fires. Sometimes two wrongs produce an overall good.