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Thursday, 26 April 2018

‘My eight-year-old son was raped by his schoolfriend’: Mother tells of abuse as shocking scale of sex attacks by under-10s is revealed

  • Mother told how eight-year-old son was raped by a schoolfriend on a play date 
  • The friend wedged her son's bedroom door shut with a chair and drew curtains
  • Boy then raped her son and told him not to tell his parents, who would be angry
  • Comes as cases of abuse carried out by schoolfriends doubled in last four years

  • A mother has told how her eight-year-old son was raped by a schoolfriend on a play date as the shocking scale of sex attacks on young children has been revealed.
    The parent had invited the boy, who was younger than her son and a friend from primary school, over to the family home to play with Lego.
    After the two children went up to the boy's bedroom, the friend wedged the door shut with a chair and drew the curtains before asking to see the boy's genitals.
    The mother, who gave her name as Sarah, said the boy then raped her son and told him not to tell his parents, who would be angry with him if he did so.
    Speaking on BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show, Sarah revealed that the boy attempted to rape her son on four other occasions beforehand
    Speaking on BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show, Sarah revealed that the boy attempted to rape her son on four other occasions beforehand
    Speaking on BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show, Sarah revealed that the boy attempted to rape her son on four other occasions beforehand. 
    The abuse was finally revealed during bedtime, after she asked her son what was wrong after he became visibly upset when the boy had left.
    But after reporting the incident to police, she was told by officers that there was nothing they could do as the boy was under the age of criminal culpability.
    The event had left Sarah's son with severe depression and threats of self-harming and 'wanting to die'.
    It comes as the amount of cases of abuse carried out by schoolfriends on each other doubled in the last four years.
    Mosac, which supports parents and carers of sexually abused children, said that cases had risen to 58 in 2017, up dramatically from 27 in 2013. 
    Sarah told Victoria Derbyshire that she had been ignorant to the possibility that her child could be abused by primary school-age friends.
    Speaking about the impact the incident has had on her son, she added: 'He's not the same boy. He's still regularly prone to low moods.
    The mother, who gave her name as Sarah (shown in a disguise), told Victoria Derbyshire that the boy then raped her son and told him not to tell his parents
    The mother, who gave her name as Sarah (shown in a disguise), told Victoria Derbyshire that the boy then raped her son and told him not to tell his parents
    Sarah told Victoria Derbyshire that she had been ignorant to the possibility that her child could be abused by primary school-age friends
    Sarah told Victoria Derbyshire that she had been ignorant to the possibility that her child could be abused by primary school-age friends
    'That evening he just wasn’t himself. He said he just doesn’t want to be here anymore. He told me he was in pain because someone had been hurting him. 
    'I was absolutely gobsmacked. I couldn’t believe it. He kept crying and crying. He was in such a state, I didn’t know what to do.
    'Next morning called the school and the police. We told the head he didn’t want to come into school and we didn’t want to bump into the boy’s family either.
    'The police told us they interviewed him but as he was under the age of criminal prosecution there was little they could do.
    'It’s quite hard to accept that something horrific can happen and there are no consequences. It seems completely wrong to me.'
    It comes as the amount of cases of abuse carried out by schoolfriends on each other doubled in the last four years (stock image)
    It comes as the amount of cases of abuse carried out by schoolfriends on each other doubled in the last four years (stock image)
    Sarah said she wanted to raise awareness and tell other parents about the dangers of child-on-child sex attacks. 
    'Young children are capable or raping or abusing young children,' she added. 'I thought if I don’t know, that must mean lots of others aren’t aware of it.
    'We need to start talking about child-on-child abuse. It’s so hushed up and I don’t feel comfortable with that.  
    'You just can’t help but feel some guilt. But who thinks a child is capable of such a thing?
    'I certainly didn’t suspect a child could do it. It makes you suspicious of other children and their families.
    'I feel there is a lot of ignorance over this issue; this could happen to your child, it happens. I think schools can be dismissive of those early signs.'
    Mosac, which supports parents and carers of sexually abused children, said that cases had risen to 58 in 2017, up dramatically from 27 in 2013 (stock image)
    Mosac, which supports parents and carers of sexually abused children, said that cases had risen to 58 in 2017, up dramatically from 27 in 2013 (stock image)


    1 comment:

    1. Happened to my son also when he was 9 by another 9 year old. CPS was called, and they did take it seriously. The perpetrator was offered counseling and the family accepted. I think he was most likely groomed by another sex offender.

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