This is an anonymous questionnaire to assess the manner in which people judge various offenses. Below is a brief description of a criminal offense. When you have finished reading this account, you will be asked to give your personal opinion concerning the case.
John and Susan have been working together at a marketing firm for two years. Susan is married with two children. John and Susan are working together on an advertising campaign for a new product, so it is not uncommon for the two of them to interact during business lunches and work-related social events. To meet the project deadline, John and Susan have been staying at the office later than the rest of the employees for the past couple of weeks. During one late-night work session, John began making sexual advances towards Susan. Susan told John that she was uncomfortable with his advances and asked him to stop. Angered by Susan’s rejection, John grew increasingly persistent and aggressive. When Susan attempted to exit the room, John restrained and sexually assaulted Susan.
John has been found guilty of aggravated rape. He has no previous record. According to Massachusetts general law, the punishment for this crime is imprisonment of up to 20 years in a state correctional facility.
Based on the events described above, how long should John’s sentence be? Please indicate the number of years that you think John should spend in prison, from 1-20:
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