While the health of the twelve-year-old mother and her baby is not in question, authorities are still wringing their hands trying to figure out if she should be charged in her part of this incident. The situation is complicated even more because the little girl, upon arrival at the hospital, admitted that she did not even realize she had gotten pregnant. After the birth, the young mother and her child were switched to another hospital.
This incident occurred in Australia and authorities are stuck with a problem, because having se* below the age of 16 is illegal, authorities are trying to figure out if they should charge both an 11-year-old girl and her equally-young lover had se-ual inter-ourse and conceived a baby. The young girl did not know that she was pregnant until she gave birth to the baby inside her family home and was taken to the hospital nearby.
Because both the mother and the father are under the age of sixteen, it was illegal for them to have se* with each other even if they both consented to it. Not only might they face charges for their illegal se* act – despite it being consensual – their ability to be parents is being questioned as well. There is no clear or easy way for the authorities to handle the situation. They don’t believe the underage se* offenders should get away with their crime, but they also don’t feel that they should be charged and registered as se* offenders – at least not all of them believe that.
Authorities are working hard to figure out if they should charge both the mother and the father in the act of underage se*. But they are having trouble dealing with the situation given all the complexities. Not only are there physical risks to the young girl – since her body was not fully developed by the age of twelve – there will be disastrous emotional consequences as well. Dear readers, we are republishing this story to raise awareness about child se-ual abuse. 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience se-ual abuse or assault from an adult.