In a remote community in Australia, a 5-year-old girl has reportedly been sexually abused, on at least one occasion, by two boys aged five and six.
The Alice Springs cop who investigated the disturbing case, Detective Superintendent Brent Warren, told reporters that the indecent assaults took place last month, after a parent reported it to the police.
As Warren said to the press, “Once we investigated and started asking questions about what happened and talking to the young people involved, it became clear that yes there was some sexualised talking and some sexualised behavior. [It was] the kind of incident that we have to refer onto other people to provide a more therapeutic involvement.”
The incident, which took place within the ancient Aboriginal community of the Northern Territory in Australia, comes just a few days after the Northern Territory’s chief minister accused the media of ignoring the alleged rape of a 7-year-old girl there.
Following that incident, the police released a short statement saying, “Alice Springs Police have arrested and charged a 29-year-old man following the sexual assault of a minor. He was refused bail overnight, to appear in Alice Springs Magistrates Court today (Tuesday).”
To chief minister Adam Giles’ mind, the previous incident wasn’t widely reported in the media, out of racism, due to the fact the child was not “blonde-haired and blue eyed,” as he told parliament on Tuesday,
The saddest part is it was a little blip on the media radar. It raised a few column inches and it disappeared. One can only think that if it was a blonde-haired blue-eyed little girl it would have made the front page of media around the country. But a little Aboriginal kid in the Hidden Valley town camp… it’s just not been noticed and I think it’s quite disgusting.
Nevertheless, for opposition leader Delia Lawrie, Giles’ comments in parliament were themselves “heinous” as she said, “Don’t blame people who weren’t provided information from the very government that is now seeking to blame them. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a lot of pressure on police in terms of what goes out in the media domain, that fits with the culture of cover-up in the (Country Liberal Party).”
The police are still investigating the cases in the Northern Territory with a view to taking the appropriate action against the suspects.
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