Right now rape is in the news. Today the Supreme Court decided that sentencing someone to death for raping a child is unconstitutional. And here in the Northwest the case of the “jogging rapist” is in the spotlight again.
The so-called “jogging rapist” is Richard Troy Gillmore. In 1986 he raped 13 year old Tiffany Edens. He broke into her family home and assaulted her in her kitchen. After being convicted two years later he also admitted to sexually assaulting seven other women in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was not charged for these crimes because they were past the statute of limitations. He was, however, considered a danger to society and has been kept in prison for over 20 years.
Gillmore says he’s been rehabilitated and that he’s learned how to correct the behviors that led him to commit his crimes. At his parole hearing he said, “people say there’s no cure for sex offenses. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. I know there’s room for recovery ? I have recovered from this.”
But many people, including Gillmore?s victim, Tiffany Edens, don’t think that is the case. They want him to stay behind bars.
What do you think? Can a rapist be rehabilitated? Are chemical castration and GPS bracelets enough to secure the safety of society? Or should criminals like Richard Troy Gillmore be committed to prison for life? Is there a life-after-the-crime for sex offenders?
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017