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Australian girl, 12, ‘had no idea about pregnancy’ until childbirth at home

[tert.am – 1/26/19]

A 12-year-old girl who gave birth at a home in Western Australia could be charged over the pregnancy – along with the baby’s father.

Youth Legal Service WA solicitor Sally Dechow said the charges could be brought against the pair as the conception was considered illegal under state law, The West reported.

WA Police believe the baby’s father is a child of similar age to the mother and was 11 at the the time of the pregnancy.

Ms Dechow pointed out even though the pair are both under the age of 16 and were willing participants at the time, the law states they were below the age of consent.

She went so far as to say a charge and conviction could land someone on the registered child sex offender list.

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  1. Don’t tread on me

    And the insanity continues….

    Politician:
    Hey I know, let’s criminalize being a child then we can lock everybody up long before they are old enough to vote against us.

  2. TS

    So, are they charged as perps and victims or just dual-perps despite being consensual between them? Does Australia have the thinking that ignorance of the law is not allowed as a defense in court even if you are 11/12 yrs old? Will anyone hold the parents accountable here?

  3. R M

    Australia has some of the toughest sex offenders laws. “She told staff she had no idea she was pregnant…”; ugh, did she know she had sex? Where were the four (assuming) parents when the 2 pre-teens had sex? These kids, yes kids, had sex yet the government wants to criminalize it. The parents and/or the adult supervision (wherever this occurred), should be held accountable. But is that (pre-teens having sex) really the problem? Or is it people’s (society) views on sex?

    • NPS

      Similar case in Benicia, CA. Two teens caught having consensual sex on school grounds. Mind you, BOTH were under 18; however, the male teenager was prosecuted and put on the registry. He tried to file the Hofsheier motion (I read the filing) but he was unsuccessful. Definitely some scary times to be born a male.

      • Will Allen

        We can’t be choosing who or how to prosecute based on a person’s gender. Perhaps just the older person is always the “criminal” and the younger is the “victim”?

        In any case, involving big government is anything related to your children is nearly always a huge mistake. Forget that “if you see something, say something” nonsense. We know that big government is immoral and criminal. Big government should be last people asked to “help”.

      • TS

        Let’s see, only the boy is charged as the perp, but it was consensual between the boy and the girl, so they both are not perps and/or victims here by the law, only she is a victim and he is the perp. Uh Huh. Decisions, decisions

        Had they both been students over 18, then indecent exposure maybe or lewd and lascivious conduct could have been levied on them by being on school grounds where minors could have seen them and the registry could have been their destination.

        Someone needs to ask Gov Newsom about this and maybe Sen Harris since she was AG and is now a Presidential candidate. Tough questions like this need to be asked of the candidates and newly elected officials.

  4. Tim

    A database used strictly for political security. Nobody ever thought of that right?
    Could not happen here in America right.

  5. Nicholas Maietta

    Under the same logic, she should have been charged with as sex crime as well. She can’t be the victim simply by age if the boy was charged. Being a male is somehow the reason why he’s charged and she is not?

    Again, a completely stupid situation. It happened. Time for the family to try and make it work. Instead, let’s make him a criminal for the rest of his life while taking away any ability for hm to try and be a parent, which biologically he now is.

  6. JohnDoeUtah

    Utah did the same thing to very young minors several years ago – it took years for the Utah Supreme Court to reverse the convictions, especially for the boy. I can’t see to be able to track down the case now.

    • MatthewLL

      I remember the Utah case and am also unable to find it. There were two pre-teens, a boy and girl, both charged with sex abuse of the other. They were both victims and perps. I remember the girl appealing it to the high court, but not the boy. It was ludicrous for a DA to charge two kids this way, irrespective with how the law could be interpreted. Hope that DA was voted out of office.

  7. Robert Curtis

    We give curious kids access to a world of porn (via their cell phones) and internet information and yet convict them for satisfying their curiosity …. SERIOUSLY?

  8. ReadyToFight

    Soooo….is any more proof needed to show that the Registry is NOT used to Protect CHILDREN 🤔?
    On another Note. The 2nd Amendment is an inalienable RIGHT. So why the F@ck is anyone and everyone given the title of Felon by a broken government tossed under the same Bullshit blanket?!?
    Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness…….all 3 have been seriously stripped away from our group and something needs to be done about it.

  9. Dustin

    I don’t think there’s any need for the government to get involved in this situation. It’s unfortunate, but the families concerned will have to deal with it. The government is only making the matter worse for both families by prosecuting the children involved. And there’s not even a conceivable threat to anyone else from either.

    “Protecting children” indeed…

  10. Bluewall

    this is just a long beginning…. we should just take the next logical step and make producing children illegal and take the current ones into Federal protection behind concrete walls… its for the protection of the children…

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