Sentencing Guidelines for Child Sexual Abuse – Unjust

Has Justice really prevailed? A Child Sexual Abuse Survivor is NEVER free from the abuse, physically and mentally being tortured until the day they die.  Don’t let me believe the sentence is justified…

Anyone who has read My Story, will clearly see how unjust the sentencing was.

On the 22nd May 2014, The Enquirer released the article, whereby it stated: Giving evidence Edward Colby, a serving prisoner who was also a listener trained by Samaritans within Chelmsford Prison.

A ‘listener trained by Samaritans’ – those words raged through my body, in light of the organisation I founded and the career path I took due to being a victim.  This would imply  a man of good character or at the very least a man wanting a role of a ‘good Samaritan’.

Yet in 2016, and again in 2017, my father was not eligible for parole. This would imply a man of risk to the public, someone who has not reformed or showed remorse…

Maybe I am cynical, or maybe I know better than anyone this man’s capability, to assume his role as a ‘listener’ was nurturing his sexual satisfaction of listening to other sexual offenders share their stories and offload their thoughts.. Maintaining not only his status, but allowing his sick sexual mind to evolve.

Because, let’s not forget he was not eligible for parole:

The board is at the heart of the criminal justice system. Its remit in the most high-profile cases where sentence is indeterminate is to judge at oral hearings, usually held in jails, on a single point: whether prisoners guilty of the most serious offences involving sex and violence still pose a risk to society to justify imprisonment after the expiration of their tariff – the minimum time the trial judge ruled they must serve. For determinate, or fixed term, prisoners, the “hearings” are on paper.

When the table is finally clear of reports, the panel sag in their Formica chairs, drained by the airless room and the unremitting misery of the lives they have spent their day delving into.

“I find it more demoralising than I had expected because of the few people that we are able to release,” said one member. “I joined the Parole Board with the belief that people can change. But they don’t. Prison rarely helps offenders. More often than not, it seems to make them worse. They offend and offend again, and we as Parole Board members become more and more cautious about releasing them.
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2010/jul/19/parole-board-members-speak

Therefore should release having taken place 12 months after he was refused parole?

So in September 2016 and again in 2017 he was still a risk to society, yet 8 months on from this parole boards decision, he was released into the community.

The sentencing law is that he serves half of his sentence in prison and the rest in the community under licencing conditions, those conditions are only imposed for 9 months!

Has justice truly prevailed? Clearly, a Sexual Child Abuse Sufferer is never free from the abuse, physically and mentally being tortured until the day they die.  It impacts on their whole life, whether it destroys it, or it empowers them, they don’t escape the flashbacks, nightmares, memories, guilt, blame, stigma, shame and psychological damage that it can have their own self-worth, let alone the damage to relationships and parenthood.

So where is the Justice, should he have served his remaining sentence in prison… of course he should have! Are we going to make this a change in the system for high-risk offenders?

When you are sentencing an offender to 10 years in prison, do not provide false hope that for 10 years they are protected and that victim has a chance to rebuild their lives, victims in that current state won’t sit calculating the days spent on remand and halving the sentence, they hear ’10 years or 8 years or whatever it may be’, so why provide a false sense of safety, the sentencing needs to be reviewed, victims are put through gruelling processes to get offenders, through the loophole of the CPS and then sentencing is not as it is.  Do not act like you have moved mountains, just be honest and say he will serve 5 years possibly more (as in my case which is probably unusual to serve extra, but clearly indicates this man’s evilness and risk to myself and the public)

Historical sexual abuses are sentenced on the time of the act and that applicable law, not the current law.

Unlike sentencing for recent offences, there were no sentencing guidelines for judges to refer to in England and Wales until after the Criminal Justice Act 2003, although guideline judgements were used before then. In sentencing offenders for historic offences, judges will use current sentencing guidelines for the purposes of assessing the harm to the victim and the culpability of the offender but, as mentioned, the law only allows them to pass sentences within the maximum sentence that would have been available at the time. (www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk)

Sentences are too lenient:

7th February 2018 an article on www.express.co.uk

The judge told Gleed, of Bridgwater, Somerset, he wanted to give him a lengthy jail sentence but his hands were tied by national guidelines.

Sentencing Gleed at Taunton Crown Court this week, Judge Ticehurst told him: “The national Sentencing Council guidelines are simply too lenient.

Time and time again, we are seeing headlines whereby Justice is not prevailing, paedophiles walking free from sentencing, rapists being sentenced to a few years, and high-profile sex offenders walking free after serving just half of their sentence.

The sentencing guidelines for historical child abuse cases are flawed, historical sexual abuses are sentenced on the time of the act and that applicable law, not the current law.

High-profile sex offenders should be subjected to current law sentencing and should be serving their full sentence.  There have been petitions lodged, and rejected.  When are we going to start listening to the voices of the survivors, when are systems going to actually justify the demand for survivors to report, when there is so much injustice. Sentencing guidelines are an insult to Survivors!

Thank you to Researching Reform – Natasha Phillips for the Interview that addressed a few of these issues, that I am now Campaigning against.

You can also view my Campaigns page and if you would like to speak to me about any of the Campaigns I am currently running, please get in touch.

HIGH-PROFILE SEX OFFENDERS SHOULD SERVE THEIR FULL SENTENCE IN PRISON.

Written by: Mayameen Meftahi – Founder & Survivor

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