The boy has been charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass and assault with intent to rape.
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A 16-year-old boy allegedly broke into the home of a 91-year-old woman in the middle of the night and tried to force himself on her. The Adelaide boy has been charged with trespass and assault with respect to this case. It is believed that he smashed his way into the one-story home around midnight. He found the elderly woman asleep in her bed forced himself on her, as per the hearing at the Adelaide Youth Court, according to The Daily Mail. The woman then woke up and started screaming for help. Alarmed, the teen fled through a broken window.
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The boy left a trail of blood behind him as he tried to escape. He was arrested in Adelaide’s southern suburbs by the Special Crime Investigation detectives. A court hearing was held when the victim shared how she is now living in fear with family members after the attack. Neither the victim nor the perpetrator has been identified. The teenager can’t be named for legal reasons because of his age. But the judge has also banned the media from the hearing. The teen's lawyer has also requested that the magistrate prohibit key details of the case from being revealed to avoid any undue embarrassment to the accused’s family, reported Metro.
The boy has been charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass and assault with intent to rape. A bid was made to allow the underaged accused to return his family and live with them in a small South Australian country town. This was refused by the court on account of the seriousness of the charges. It was also noted that the kid has had a history of trespass offenses. He will remain in custody until his next court appearance in two weeks. Friends and relatives of the teenager left the court with their faces obscured. They even refused to talk to the media.
“You don’t expect in a quiet community for someone who is elderly to have to go through that. It’s appalling,” a local told 7NEWS, and added, “At 91, that’s going to be one of your remaining memories for life, so I hope something gets done about it.” According to the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey (PSS) report, almost 2 million Australian adults had experienced at least one sexual assault since the age of 15. Around 639,000 Australian women have experienced their most recent incident of sexual assault perpetrated by a male in the last 10 years.
It is important to teach growing children about consent and help them understand that sexual abuse is wrong. Research has revealed that misogyny and sexual harassment are both widespread among young people. The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey, or the NCAS conducted a study and found that even though most young Australians aged 16-24 years have good knowledge about gender inequality, violence against women, and even oppose violence against women, many responses they got about these aspects was worrying.
"Our research shows young people’s lack of understanding about sexual consent is concerning and can result in victim-blaming. This is particularly worrying given the rise of digital image sharing and dating apps," the report stated. It added, "Although attitudes are generally shifting towards improvement over time, responses among young people to some questions indicate some areas of poor knowledge, relatively high endorsement of violence-supportive views, and a low level of support for gender equality." The report also states that attitudes to sexual consent some youngsters hold are concerning. There are also a substantial number of responders who mistrusted women's accounts of sexual assault.