I think rape is horrible and they should get full punishmnet. Though I am an American, rape is rape and if it was my mother or daughter I would rather punish them myself. Here is wikipedias info on the average rape sentence in the USA. It does vary from state to state over here: "Prison sentences for rape are not uniform. A study made by the U.S. Department of Justice of prison releases in 1992, involving about 80 percent of the prison population, found that the average sentence for convicted rapists was 11.8 years, while the actual time served was 5.4 years. This follows the typical pattern for violent crimes in the US, where those convicted typically serve no more than half of their sentence".
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