The Grafton Daily Examiner: “Man free after child sex conviction”
“MY daughter keeps asking if the naughty man is in jail – what do you tell her? She’s only five years old.”
Ronald Dean King, apparently, has suffered enough, with his fourteen months in prison awaiting sentencing. He has received only a two year suspended sentence – for breaking into a house and raping a four year old girl.
The victim’s parents said the sentence devastated them.
They said their daughter, who was four at the time of the assault, is still plagued with nightmares and violent outbursts and their marriage has disintegrated under the stress.
How? How? How?
Not once does this newspaper article say the word “rape“. Not “child sexual abuse“. Not “molestation“. Not “paedophilia“.
No, it’s a “child sex conviction“, and he was found guilty of “sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10.”
It’s. Not. Sex. It’s. Rape. Horrendous, sickening, horrifying, nightmarish, gruesome, rape. Of a tiny girl, tucked up in bed in her grandmother’s house.
Home burglary has an average sentence of one year and ten months. (Around here. I’m assuming it’s similar around Grafton.)
Can someone please explain to me what exactly about breaking into a home and raping a four year old warrants a more lenient sentence than the nicking of a few silver spoons and a DVD player?
And is it really any wonder people don’t report? What hope can women and children have for our reports doing any good when the rapists are straight back on the streets? Was it worth the trauma of the report and the investigation and trial process for this family? Does anyone really believe that this man who brutally raped a four year old is all fixed now and safe to be around?