A four-year-old girl was in a serious condition last night after emergency surgery on injuries from an alleged rape which sex crime detectives said was one of the most serious child assaults they had investigated.
Det-Sen. Sgt Gordon Fairman, of the child protection squad, said they would allege 26-year-old Kenwick man Stephen John Cracknell was babysitting the girl when he sexually assaulted her on either Tuesday or Wednesday at Osborne Park. The girl’s mother took her to Princess Margaret Hospital on Thursday and she was operated on that night.
While her condition was serious last night, doctors said she was stable.
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Mr Cracknell, who was known to the mother, was charged with one count of aggravated sexual penetration of a child, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.
What could there possibly be to say? What?
Perhaps even more disturbing, the article notes that this rape is seemingly part of a trend:
The horrific case comes in the shadows of several disturbing offences against very young children.
This month a 15-year-old Waikiki youth was charged with sexually assaulting two girls aged four and seven in the playground attached to the McDonald’s restaurant at Mindarie.
Outrage greeted the sentencing of Daniel Phillip O’Meara to six and a half years in prison on April 15 after he twice raped a one-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her 10-year-old sister.
On June 10, Timothy Leonard Gordon Farmer was sentenced to 10 years jail for beating three-year-old Mason James Coughlan to death after the boy wet the bed and on May 29.
In the North-West, a 20-year-old man was charged with raping a four-year-old boy at Kalumburu.
Last December, a man faced Kalgoorlie Magistrate’s Court accused of indecently dealing with two girls under the age of 13 between 2005 and 2007.
What the hell is the world coming to? Or is it not coming to anything, and we’re simply hearing about it more?
I do have to ask why we’re surprised that it keeps happening when our society takes the time to feign outrage over how a person could do such a thing, and then hands out ridiculous sentences like six and a half years for twice raping a one-year-old girl, and ten years for beating a three-year-old child to death. If our courts can’t respect the very lives of children and their most basic right to be free from violence — and for all of the (misguided) talk about death sentences for child rapists, the U.S. isn’t a damn bit different — how can we expect these pieces of scum to respect it? And how do we stop this shit from happening in the first place? Because I do not know how to appeal to the basic humanity of those who seem to most lack it.
And what about this little girl? What is she going to face, not only emotionally but also physically?
Sometimes, a story comes along that leaves me with nothing left to say but I fucking hate people and what is wrong with this world we’re living in? This would be one of those stories. I’m at a loss.