That’s twice today that words have failed me.
(Emphasis is mine.)
A 24-year-old man who had his first sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl has been given a suspended jail sentence in the District Court in Adelaide.
The man, who cannot be identified, pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 14.
Judge Wayne Chivell said it was an unusual case because it was clear the girl was highly sexualised before the pair had met and an enthusiastic participant in the relationship.
The man, who has already spent five months in custody, has been sentenced to two years and 10 months in jail.
Judge Chivell has suspended the sentence and imposed a two-year good behaviour bond.
“The girl was highly sexualised” is likely to mean that the girl has been sexually abused before. Repeating this abuse, taking advantage of it to repeatedly rape her, doesn’t mitigate the harm done, it compounds it. When are people going to get this through their heads?
And this headline from AdelaideNow:
The AdelaideNow article has more background, including naming the rapist, Jarrod James Hean, and this from the judge:
He [Judge Chivell] imposed a 20-month non-parole period, and said there was “good reason” to suspend the sentence.
“You are unlikely to offend again, and the relationship is now over,” he said.
[Via In A Strange Land]
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