Equal time for equal crime, says Potsdam woman
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 7:25 am

To The Editor:

As reported by your news source on April 29, Pierre Bond pled guilty to one count of predatory sexual assault for sodomizing and raping a female child.

DA Ms. Rain described Mr. Bond as a “sexual predator who needs to be in state prison for the protection of our community” and was sentenced to 21 years in state prison and 20 years post-release parole supervision.

On May 3 it was reported that Amanda Matott of Canton pled guilty in a plea deal to first-degree rape of a male child who prior to being raped by Matott was provided with alcohol by the defendant. Matott’s rape plea received a split sentence of jail and probation of an unspecified length to be determined at her sentencing in July. In other words, with good time, Ms. Matott will serve 9 months in the county jail followed by probation.

Please help me understand how Matott’s offense was any less “predatory” or how the “safety of our community” is any less at risk than Mr. Bond’s “predation” and stated concerns for community safety?

Both predated on children. In the first instance, the perpetrator was an adult male, the victim was a female child. In the second instance, the perpetrator was an adult female, the victim was a male child.

Once again, it becomes obvious sentencing for female perpetrators even in cases of sexual predation on children result in far less significant legal consequences than those of male perpetrators. The outcomes for adult male vs. female offenders remain consistent: Females go to jail and “counseling,” males go to Prison.

The reality boys are more likely to be victims of the most intrusive form of sexual assault (rape) than girls has been well documented for years. Are offenses committed on male children less “offensive,” less “predatory,” less cause for care, concern, personal and community protection than those committed on female children? Do we continue to demonstrate through sentencing an institutional gender bias towards both victims and their offenders?

Clearly we “value” boy victims and their trauma less than that of girl victims.

Ms. Rain ran on a platform of advocating for all victims of crime: All child victims are victims regardless of their gender. And female perpetrators are no less perpetrators than male perpetrators.

That reality needs to be manifest in prosecution and in sentencing.

Nancy Kimble

Potsdam