I am shocked at the attitude of the officer who spoke to the paper regarding this crime. Of course, people should lock the doors to their houses but if they forget to lock their back door one night they should not feel like they deserve to be punished by having someone unlawfully enter their house and attack them.
The officer failed to mention in the article that the victim was also sexually assaulted. Although she may have sustained minor physical injuries I’m quite sure she will suffer for a very long time for forgetting to lock the door.
The officer’s comments in this article seem to blame the victim of the crime rather than the criminal who entered her home. It makes me very angry, as a woman. It makes me feel as if I’m back in the olden days when women didn’t have the rights that they have today as victims of sexual assault.
How many victims of sexual crimes will want to come forward when they read this article and think that the police will just think it’s their own fault anyway?
Editor’s note: The Ponoka News received 14 letters to the editor that were of similar content. Due to space restrictions the Ponoka News was unable to print all of the letters, the above letter was the first received.