Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
telegramsam: John Byers Disapproves (Disapproving Byers)
From: [personal profile] telegramsam
All of those scenarios sound terribly traumatizing.

1 & 4 constitute a massive breach of trust, 2 & 3 would possibly leave the victim in a state of heightened stress & fear in "normal" places for quite a long time afterward (if not forever, I mean, shit, I felt freaked out after my apartment was broken into *when I wasn't even home* for a good couple of weeks).

All of them have high potential for physical injury, possibly of the permanent variety.

Really, I don't think one can just put these acts in some kind of "least bad to most bad" categories because all of them can ruin a person's life. If one must, I suppose 4 would edge out the others in terms of sheer horror due to the long-term, spirit-destroying nature of an abusive relationship.

But, as you said, people react differently to similar situations. And I don't think lawmakers and judges should be trying to determine what the "correct" emotional reaction of a victim of a crime is, and altering their punishment of the perpetrator according to that. It doesn't make any sense.
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