It seems like every week there is another high profile rape case in the United States. The most recent case centered around Brock Turner, a young Stanford student who was convicted of raping a fellow student outside of a party. Turner maintains his innocence, but the court disagreed, which should give the victim the sense that justice is being served.
However, in a shocking turn of events, the judge only gave Turner six months in jail — far lower than the usual minimum — leaving many to wonder: If sentences for rapists can be so drastically reduced, isn’t it time to reexamine sexual assault punishment and protocol overall?
As it turns out, people across the world grapple with the same question — though in different countries, the punishments are often more severe. From India to France and even North Korea, the justice system is handling rape punishments in vastly different ways.
1 Rapists in India could be sent to prison for life — but it’s not exactly what you think: After the Anti Rape Bill of April 2013, a “life sentence” of 14 years is given to rapists. In rare cases, the perpetrator may even be sentenced to death.
2 France has a particularly tough sentencing structure for sex crimes: Criminals of this variety could face up 15, 30 or life in prison – this all depends on the damage caused to the victim.