Monday, February 6, 2012

Is there a better way?

Is money the only way to compensate victims of institutional wrong-doing?

I do not make light of the abuse young boys may have suffered at the hands of the very people charged with their care and rehabilitation at the Paul Dojack Youth Centre (SP Feb. 6/12). I believe that anyone connected with meting out that abuse should be charged and tried for their crime. Victims should be given counselling and whatever other supports they need to recover.

If you are an innocent victim of a car accident, you can no longer sue for financial compensation for pain and suffering. Supposedly you get all necessary services to aid in your recovery.

The only people getting rich off these claims are the class action lawyers. Scarily, Regina lawyer Tony Merchant says this is just the tip of the iceberg and that these sorts of things must have been happening in other similar institutions. I expect he means our prison systems.

I don't know what the right answer is, but I don't think it's throw some money at it and hope it goes away.

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