Sometimes there are no words for the horrible things you read in the news.
Take for example the story of Adolf Bergbauer, a 69-year-old man who allegedly raped his daughter for over 34 years. During that time she birthed 3 of his children – only one who survived and is disabled today.
Bergbauer was recently granted a sentence of only two years and eight months in prison for incest after claiming that his daughter was a “willing participant.” His daughter, however, says she feared for her life under his roof and that he forced her to have sex with him at knifepoint and even threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
Now 46 his daughter says the abuse began when she was just 12 or 13 years old. Charges of statutory rape, however, could not be charged because more than 20 years had passed since the initial abuse.
We here at Care2 believe that this case merits further investigation and a stronger sentence for the abuse Bergbauer inflicted upon his daughter. Just two years ago, Austrian Josef Fritzi was given a life sentence for keeping his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and having seven children with her.
Bergbauer allegedly raped his daughter for over 30 years and fathered three of her children yet he was cleared of rape and will serve less than 3 years for his crime. Fritzi’s sentence seems more appropriate.
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What do you think? Does this case merit further investigation and a harsher sentence?
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