Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Three of Mary's brother were charged and served time for their sexual abuse towards Mary and her sisters. Not surprisingly, the Amish community viewed Mary as the villain rather than the victim. They did not understand why Mary would put him through court when he had already gone through the public apology, and been forgiven within the community. As a reaction to the crowd, Judge Michael Rosbrough stated, "The thought occured to me, How many of you have ever cried for Mary Byler? You may have prayed for her, I don't doubt you have, but how many of you cried for her, for the loss of her childhood?" Unfortunately, Johnny was only sentenced to 10 years probation.
Despite this, Mary Byler lives a very different life now, with aspirations of pursuing a career in nursing. She makes it a mission for herself to help others suffering from abuse in Amish Community.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Just four days before this incident, four eighteen-year-old Amish boys were arrested for underage drinking and littering. They were caught tossing empty beer cans from their horse-and-buggy. The past year in December, a young Amish man was arrested with charges of a DUI while falling asleep at the reigns of his buggy, leaving his horse to continue down the middle of the road.
However, contrary to these cases, Levi Detweiler was charged with overdriving an animal. Although Detweiler, faced charges of animal abuse. Punishments include paying a modest fine, performing some community service, or at the maximum, spending a few days in jail. Overall, these charges and punishments are nothing more than a "slap on the wrist." At least this time, the horse's torture and overdriving was considered.
New York Governor, David Paterson, is taking steps towards ending cruelty within the commercial carriage horse industry. He said that the horses need to be treated better, or they will simply be banned. Unfortunately, however, it is harder to regulate animal cruelty within the Amish community due to their rejection of the outside world.