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The Ten Year Old Sex Offender, Olumide Fadayomi And A System Addicted To Sex

TWO boys are accused of trying to rape an 8-year-old. The boys, aged 10 and 11, become Britain’s youngest sex offenders. And in this Brave New World, the media reacts:

The Mail asks:


Is it because we live in an age obsessed with children and sex and it makes for good telly?

Sir Ken Macdonald, writing in The Times, says “we are making demons of our children”. What we see is a show “that has no place in an intelligent society” – “Very young children do not belong in adult criminal courts. They rarely belong in criminal courts at all.

But we get to feel. The Sun reminds us that the victim’s teddy is called Mr Happy. No, not Mr Shag. Mr Happy. The media is vital to remind us that we are idiots who need telling that a small child likes a teddy and is not sexually active.

The Girl Aged 8 Lied About Rape For Sweets, Apparently

So. Why do we need this case? Is it because we can get details like this, important enough for the Mail to publish them twice on one page:

Boy A and Boy B were also questioned. Boy A blamed Boy B. ‘He kissed her and then entered her,’ he said. Boy B initially refused to say anything before claiming that the girl herself had asked to see his friend’s ‘willy’ and to put it inside her.
There were now three different scenarios but not a scrap of independent evidence to support the girl’s story. There were no injuries to her genital area and, it would transpire, no forensic evidence linking the boys to the girl or her clothing, which was examined for DNA.

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Posted: 25th, May 2010 | In: Reviews | Comments (4)