The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Friday, January 13, 2006

More On the Hulett Case

Another audio link from Vermont had been found, and gives more information on the case, along with a quick interview with Hulett's lawyer. It also confirms the charges against Derek Kimball are indeed related to this same victim. It can be found here.

Thanks to a very helpful reader, I have new information on the Cashman, Hulett and Kimball case(s).
First off, Mark Hulett, the sex offender convicted of raping a girl for four years, maybe seeing a longer sentence as Chittenden County State Attorney has asked Judge Cashman to impose a longer sentence. The affidavit presented by the State confirms that Hulett has a IQ of between 75 and 85, and include an allegation that another man abused the child. Although I am unable to provide a written transcript, the audio file of the news report can be found here. There was an evening broadcast that has not yet been permanently linked for me to add, however I will post an update as soon as it is. I can assure you, it's worth hearing.

On the case against Derek Kimball, who I had preciously disclosed as being charged with sexually assaulting the very same child Hulett was convicted of raping, will be appearing in court on Jan 24th, in the Chittenden District Court:

Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 AM in Room A

State vs. Kimball, Derek

5077-10-05 Cncr/Criminal
Atty(s): Margaret Jansch
Nicole Andreson

Rumor that Kimball's defense team have requested a plea deal have been confirmed by a private source, although the media is not yet talking about it.

As always, I'll be following the case as it continues through out the weekend.

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Poet said...

I don't know if Judge Cashman is right or wrong with his sentence. Reading several articles about it I don't see anything to suggest that the judge is saying that sexual abuse of a child is acceptable or that perpetrators don't deserve to be punished. He is talking about the corrosive effect of harboring anger. He is attempting to focus on doing something to help the survivor. He is also shinning a light on the dearth of options that exist for dealing with such perpetrators and the ineffectiveness of them.

This is not what we tend to like to hear. Consequently everyone is angry. It reminds me of the situation when I began to deal with my memories of my abuse. No one wanted me to remember. No one liked what I had to say and there was a lot of anger.

Let's say that there was a national resolution that anyone convicted of a child sex crime would be executed immediately. Huge penalty. It doesn't seem like huge penalties are very effective as deterrents, however, so I don't think we can assume the incidence of abuse will change. I suspect that the number reported would plummet because the penalty was so huge.

Let's say instead that anyone convicted would be sentenced to 60 days in jail, court mandated treatment and perpetual monitoring for the rest of their life. Again, I don't think the incidence of abuse is going to change but I think the number of reported cases would climb because REPORTING it become easier to do.

Now, if we set aside our desire to slake OUR feelings of anger and rage, what's likely to result in more survivors being able to move into getting help dealing with what happened to them? I think it's the case that the easier it is to be reported. Making it easier to report is going to make it easier for people to break the silence. And the sooner more people are going to get into therapy or other help. And the sooner that happens the fewer of them grow up to express that anger and confusion as a continuation of the cycle of violence and abuse.

Clearly perps and predators need to be identified and monitored. They can not go back to being just another citizen, in my opinion. Judge Cashman may or may not be right in this particular case but he is right about the damage of harboring anger and bitterness as well as the fact that we have no good system for dealing with abuse perps.

You know what would probably be the most effective approach to dealing with pedophiles and sexual abuse perps? If the state sentenced the perp as Judge Cashman did, they become registered sex offenders, and the difference between what the perp would have cost as an incarcerated prisoner is contributed to a fund for survivors. That would be about $20-30k a year for say ten years going into such a fund (it costs $40-50k a year to house a prisoner). Part of the perp's wages could be garnished to apply to that. The result would turn into one of the best funded programs around with resources to help survivors and increase awareness. It may not satisfy the immediate, visceral lust for vengeance but I can tell you from personal experience that vengeance doesn't aid healing from the wounds of abuse.