In Sweden, a series of children abuse cases were revealed, recently.
A 40-year-old dare care worker had continued to abuse several toddlers sexually. He raped four children and assaulted 20 children, according to the media report. The victims were one to three-year-old.
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If the report is true, his act is obviously evil. Sexual assault is sometimes difficult to be proven because the defendants usually insist that the victim gave consent in advance. But, in the present cases, toddlers have no ability to consent.
Sweden has the strictest legislation in the world in identifying rape. Julian Assange was charged in Sweden for not using a skin during sexual intercourse. On the other hand, the maximum sentence for rape is limited to seven-and-a-half-years. It looks strange for Japanese. In Japan, the maximum sentence for rape is 20 years incarceration.
However, the longer sentence does not guarantee the prevention of recommitting. The defendant seems to have pedophilia. Proper treatment is necessary to reduce the risk of reoffending.
In Japan, I heard the news that a nurse in a kindergarten had physically abused toddlers for some months. The suspect said that she was very tired so that she was almost unconscious about what she had done. If her comment is true, there is something behind the incidents. She might have been depressed or exhausted due to the burden of labor. It is doubtful that harsh punishment has the power to alter her attitude, although children abuse is never permitted.