An 11-year-old boy fathered a child after sex with a school friend’s 36-year-old mother.
Both the father and child are now understood to be in care after the principal at the boy’s school raised the alarm.
The case has caused counsellors working in the area of child sexual abuse to highlight the lack of attention given to women as potential offenders.
It has prompted Justice Minister Judith Collins to step in saying she will seek more information on the law. “This case raises an important point. I will seek advice from officials on whether or not a law change is required.”….
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse manager Ken Clearwater said if the case were proved, the woman should be held accountable for her actions. Making charges able to be brought dependent on the gender of the offender was wrong and the law should be changed. “It is a huge issue for us.”
He said male victims of sex abuse carried out by women were equally as damaged as any other victim of rape.
“As a male you’re supposed to enjoy it but we don’t say that about young girls. Males are not seen as victims. The psychological damage is huge – and they carry extra shale because it’s a woman and you’re supposed to enjoy it.”
Mr Clearwater said most abuse of the sort in this case was not reported.
And it has also highlighted disparity in the law of rape, which makes it impossible for a woman to be accused of the crime.
This is a sad case and an unfair one. The law should be changed and as soon as possible.
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