Editorial: A reminder to our men
July 3, 2008 · Updated 10:58 PM
Tracy Adams, known as Trace to his friends, will soon start serving a 22-month sentence in a state prison for 10 counts of computer trespass. He had accessed his girlfriends computerized dating account and email, and in the process made her feel violated and threatened.
Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock, widely respected for his fairness and impartiality, handed down the sentence, so the public can be assured it was deserved. Some friends of Adams in the paramedic community, to which Adams once belonged, complained, but the sentence was reasonable, not only as punishment but as a warning to other men not to abuse or threaten women in any way, shape or form, even if its electronic.
Domestic violence is just as big a problem in Island County as elsewhere, and almost always its a man abusing a woman. We dont have enough housing to meet the needs of abused women nor do we have sufficient counseling and other resources available.
The criminal justice system must always send a clear message that men cant abuse women for any reason. Its a lesson that used to be taught from the earliest ages in cowboy movies, but now seems to be lost on many men.
So lets say it clearly one more time: If a woman doesnt want your attention, leave her alone. If you dont, there may be a prison cell waiting for you.