For the majority of us, family members are the people that we trust for the most, people who we can depend on to protect and stand up for us. However for one girl, this is a right that she is cruelly denied of by her stepfather.
Her stepfather, a cleaner, has pleaded guilty to a total of fifteen charges involving the girl, including 5 charges of outrage of modesty. And has been sentenced to a total jail term of eight years and nine months today. (Jan 30)
The first account of abuse happened when he was alone with the victim, who was 11 year-old at the time. When she sought permission from the accused to go to a playground, the accused told her she can’t go unless she had sex with him. When she refused, he then molested her while she went to watch television, tightly hugging her from behind and kissing her cheek before fondling her chest.
When she didn’t not report the abuse her mother, the accused became emboldened and his advances become more severe.
Said Deputy Public Prosecutor Chee Ee Ling:
It was only during a sex education class conducted by the victim’s school on the last week of January 2017 that the victim realised the gravity and wrongness of the sexual assaults committed by the accused since January 2015
The girl finally confided in a classmate who then alerted her ordeal to teachers who reported it to the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
This incident reminds us that sexual abuse can happen anytime and anywhere, and we should report incidents to the police to prevent further abuse.