A Teacher Faces Charges for raped and Assualted a Youngetser
A 36 year old teacher faces charges in court today. Allegedly, the teacher, along with his domestic partner (the child’s mother), raped and assaulted a youngster. The two offenders subsequently posted photographs of the assault onto the internet for others to see.
This unfortunate event comes amid firestorms from the liberal party. Child welfare advocates in Australia are pushing for the establishment of minimum sentences for those who commit offenses against children. According to proponents of the changes, tougher new requirements would likely send a strong message to those who might be considering committing a sexual offense against a child. The new legislation could set a minimum term of imprisonment for sexual crimes against children beginning at 5 to 15 years in custodial imprisonment.
Australia generally has a very low conviction rate for sexual offenders. According to the Centre Against Sexual Assault, about 1 out of 3 women are abused before reaching the age of 18 ( Centre Against Sexual Assault, 2012). The National Crime and Safety survey found that approximately 93% of the perpetrators of these crimes are male (Center Against Sexual Assault, 2012).
The Child Protection Act of 1999 notes that the duration or frequency of abuse is not necessarily the most important factor in determining abuse towards a minor. Instead abuse is measured by injurious effect on the child’s overall health and/or well-being (The State of Queensland, 2010).
Lawmakers in Queensland recently closed a large loophole which allowed step-parents to have sexual relationships with their step-children after the youngsters reached legal age of consent. There is also an enforced two-strikes law, which sends child sex offenders to jail for life after two repeated incidents.
Various child welfare acts and legislations have been passed in Australia, and yet the problem still persists.
ABC News. (2013, February 28). Teacher facing child sex charges.
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