THE ARMY & RAPE

Pier-Olivier Broulet ,22, is a soldier with the Van Doos who are leaving for Afghanistan this month. Broulet attended a friend’s party and during the night had intercourse with his friend’s sister. At his trial for sexual assault Broulet’s lawyer argued that intercourse in this case was consensual. The Crown argued that the woman in question was so drunk that she could not have given informed consent.

       Broulet was found guilty.  The Crown argued for a jail term.  The defense countered that Broulet would be far more valuable to his country in Afghanistan than sitting in a jail cell.  What do you think?  Should Broulet be discharged back to his regiment for deployment to Afghanistan?  Or should he do jail time?

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2 Comments »

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    Barbara Says:

    If he were found guilty, he should do the jail time. The armed forces is no place for convicted felons, if that is indeed what he is. I don’t know enough about the case to argue otherwise.

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    Cate McB Says:

    I don’t know if what I have in mind still exists, but here in Ontario during the Harris regime, there was a workfare program whereby those receiving social assistance were required to do some kind of work for the larger community, the thought being that if you were receiving government money, the least you could do is work for it in some way. Arguments against this program included my own — the idea that working for a few hours picking up garbage or being part of a road gang is not necessarily going to help people get off social assistance which is surely what is wanted above all. Similarly in this situation, I don’t see how going to Afghanistan is going to rehabilitate this guy if in fact he is guilty of rape. Also, in a more general sense, if I was a professional military person, I would be quite insulted to think that military service was thought to be the appropriate engagement for or response to criminal behavior. But then there is the ideology that would say that the military would be an appropriate conduit because after all, isn’t the military involved in what we would ordinarily call criminal acts except for the fact that they are in the service of higher goods like “freedom”, “democracy”, etc. Certainly lots to ponder here …. Cate McB


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