(see also: https://rinj.org/hall_of_honour/ )
Rapists represent a significant and unique threat to society. They make neighbourhoods, communities, and even countries unsafe for 51% of the global population. One in four women is raped, but it is NOT true that 25% of men are rapists in fact very few men are rapists but most rapists commit the crime of rape very often. Rapists need to be locked up for at least most if not all of their lives to keep society safe.
The RINJ Foundation does not specifically advocate that the punishment for rape should exceed the punishment for murder and does not in any manner make a comparison of the crime of rape to another crime.
Here we deviate slightly from this past policy to answer a question about The RINJ Foundation’s advocacy for very severe penalties for rape (25 to 100 years for example) and suggest the following logic.
The penalty for murder is most normally life imprisonment although a few countries still have the death penalty. Life in prison without parole is often the sentence for murderers, which means the offender will never return to society.
The RINJ Foundation advances that rapists present a significant threat to the community and should be kept out of society in many cases of rape. For example, The RINJ Foundation advances that the three men who raped and killed Oksana Makar in Mykolaiv (Ukraine) on 8 March 2012 should be imprisoned for life. That was not their sentence as two of the men have parents in high government positions. Yevgeny Krasnoshchok, 23, Maxim Prisyazhnyuk, 24, and Artem Pogasyan, 22 received long sentences but not ‘life’ for this brutal crime in which Oksana Makar was raped, strangled, set alight and left to die (she died three weeks later). The RINJ Foundation believes the sentences for these men was nothing more than a slap on the wrist and that no less than life imprisonment suits this crime.
A prison sentence of 100 years for rapes usually means the rapist will see about 25 to 75 years in prison followed by parole. Such stiff penalties are extremely rare but they do exist and there should be more.
25 To life without parole for a murderer is a good rule of thumb (which means the inmate could be released on parole after 25 years or in some cases not be allowed parole depending on the court’s ruling).
Where a plea deal is made in exchange for evidence or averting a painful trial for victim’s families a convicted murderer might receive a life sentence with ten years mandatory sentence before parole. In most cases of murder a parole board may decide if the offender can be released on parole.
Every country has its own unique statutes and practical methodologies for dealing with crime and punishment.
Within the Commonwealth of Nations there is a practical guide that suggests life imprisonment for murderers but there is little consensus on sentencing for rape.