Why aren't Males and Females Treated the same for same sex crime?
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Many factors go into sentencing. Without knowing more about the details, victim impact, defendants history etc. it is impossible to say whether other facts played into the discrepancy.
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Your theory is, unfortunately, correct. While we "evolve" in our views each and every year, there are some views we stubbornly hold on to. One of them is that teenage boys are not "victims" of sex with adult women like teenage girls are victims of sex with adult men. When the victims though are very young, trust me, a female will likely be punished as severely as a man.
The name of the crime is only one of a multitude of factors that determine a sentence. This is true whether you compare male to male, female to female, or male to female. I certainly would not draw the conclusion you have from the extremely minimal facts you've supplied here.
Sometimes it can appear to a layperson that one sex is favored over the other at sentencing. However, in my experience, judges try for the most part to treat similarly situated defendants equally. If you examine the individual cases side-by-side, you will often see that although 2 defendants commit the same or a similar crime, there is either a difference between their respective criminal histories, their individual circumstances, or a difference in their respective roles in the offense. Because a sentencing judge has to consider all relevant factors about each defendant and his or her offense before imposing a fair sentence, two defendants who commit the same crime can receive a different sentence. I hope this helps.
In theory you are correct. Szentencing is always an individual matter which takes into consideration numerous factors including age, prior record, seriusness of the offense, sentencing guidelines, mamdatory minimums, weapons enhancements, attitude of the defendant etc. Just because one defendant gets a dramatically lower sentence than another defendant is offered does not mean there is discimination. Plea bargainin also deals with strehgth or weakness of the case.