A TEN Year old girl consents to physical penetrative sex. WHAT! You must be kidding.
Court transcripts have been released involving a controversial Cape York child rape case.
The documents show prosecutors described the assault as “generally consensual” sex.
Earlier this year, six boys and three men pleaded guilty to the 2005 gang-rape of the then 10-year-old girl in the Indigenous community of Aurukun.
Are you a bit astounded by the decision of this court, or has the little girl’s life have no meaning in that little community.
At all times, we need to be mindful of the relative context. This was after all the indegenous community of Aurkun.
The customs and cultures of the local community should be respected, as well as, the laws of the land. But there rises in us a desire to be critical, as much as we would love to criticize, any fool can and most fools do.
We need to be considerate to the local customs and practices. Yet strive as we might, to remain objective and calm, there comes a point when you just have to raise your voice and condemn this inhumane treatment of a child.
Yes a 10yr old is a child, with all the innocence of a child.
To claim that the act was consensual, beggars belief.
Meanwhile, the Queensland Government says it has learnt from the system failures that led to Child Safety officers returning the girl to Aurukun.
Premier Anna Bligh says the officers made the wrong decision in removing the child from foster care, and sending her back to Aurukun.
But she says action was taken.
“Disciplining the officers involved moving the child and changing and improving our response in Aboriginal communities,” she said.
The Opposition’s Mark McArdle says the case is the latest in a long line of child safety failures.
“These issues continue to occur,” he said.
Queensland’s Attorney-General Kerry Shine is appealing the sentences given to the nine offenders, and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Leanne Clare, is reviewing about 75 similar cases.
Good to know they are coming to terms with their own attitudes and failings.
These officers need training and they need it fast!
“I think in a country where they’re asking the Aboriginal people to trust the system, trust that the right thing will be done to do away with customary law and to focus on protecting children – they didn’t protect this child in this particular, and they took away the face of the Aboriginal community to trust the system.”
The case has had a ripple effect through other Aboriginal communities in the north of the state.
Astounded by that case in Australia? Are you, how about this one? The Qatif Rape Case.
The woman was initially punished for violating laws on segregation of the sexes –
she was in an unrelated man’s car at the time of the attack.
When she appealed, judges doubled her sentence, saying she had been trying
to use the media to influence them.
Her lawyer has been suspended from the case and faces a disciplinary session.
Abdel Rahman al-Lahem told the BBC Arabic Service that the sentence was in violation of Islamic law:
“My client is the victim of this abhorrent crime. I believe her sentence contravenes the Islamic Sharia law
and violates the pertinent international conventions,” he said.
“The judicial bodies should have dealt with this girl as the victim rather than the culprit.”
The lawyer also said that his client would appeal against the decision to increase her punishment.
According to the Arab News newspaper, the 19-year-old woman was gang-raped
14 times in an attack in Qatif in the eastern province a year-and-a-half ago.
Seven men were found guilty of the rape and sentenced to prison terms
ranging from just under a year to five years.
The victim and attackers are from Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority.
This particular incident has been covered by others and one such is Hanie
when she commented on Urbansemiotic