SMH: Girl living in care raped by five men. “Rose” is 12 years old.
The magistrate said Rose (not her real name), who was under DHS care, was raped by five men on one day in October. Since then, she had ”absconded from the unit and was unaccounted for” seven times.
A secure welfare order was finally made after Rose was found to be living at a house with three men, aged between 45 and 50, who the magistrate said were “providing her with bongs and cigarettes and one wonders what else”. At least one of the men is known to police, the court was told.
Rose’s case comes weeks after Victorian Ombudsman George Brouwer released a damning report on child protection that found children in state care had been seriously injured and permitted to have contact with sex offenders.
The report found that the DHS sometimes took a dangerously long time to intervene to protect children, leaving them exposed to continuing abuse.
Victoria’s in the spotlight because of the recent Ombudsman’s report, but do any of the other Australian states do substantially better when it comes to child protection? Do any other nations do substantially better?
Why are we as social animals so easily able to shrug off the needs of these children for a more
secure safe and supportive environment? What the hell is wrong with us?