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The forgotton victims of crime

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helshea Sat 21-May-11 06:27:35

Am I being completely unreasonable to believe the press should not be allowed to print some of the stories they do. My point is that quite often, and this has happened locally recently, the press and tv run with stories about convicted criminals, they print story after story about their past and people come out of the woodwork with stories about incidents that happened years ago and never came to light.. all this once the person has been convicted and sentenced. Now don't get me wrong I have absolutely no sympathy with criminals whatsover, but we must also remember that they have families too. They may have parents, brothers and sisters, partners and children, all who have done nothing wrong. Spare a thought for little children going to school with the surname of a murderer or rapist. These children have got enough to deal with.

helshea Sun 22-May-11 10:37:50

Oh well.. perhaps I am on my own on this one sulk sulk

crimson Sun 22-May-11 11:24:50

The press are pretty disgusting in general. I once saw a photo of the most horrendous car crash on the front cover of our local paper [I don't buy it, I hasten to was on the counter at the garage]. My first thought was that the occupant of the car had friends and relatives that would see it [it was said to be the worst crash the police had ever seen]. I later found out that it was actually my friends ex husband who had been in the car and the press hounded both her and members of her familiy for a while afterwards. I read recently of a film director who's father had been a suspect in a murder; He was totally innocent, but his son's life was ruined at the time because of the way he was treated at school. I suppose it proves that 'that which does not kill us makes us stronger', because he went on to be a successful director, but it must have been awful for him at the time. We must remember that the press go to town with any story and people who are later found to be innocent can live the rest of their lives under a cloud.

helshea Sun 22-May-11 18:30:29

crimson thanks for the input... was worried i was on my own with this one... but it's nothing to do with whether the person is innocent or found guilty... the point I am trying to make is that their family are innocent.. and they should not be made to suffer any more than they have to. Punish the guilty, but headlines for ages after the trial do not hurt the criminal, they are already banged to rights.. its the families at home who are trying to get on with their lives!!