A seven-year-old girl has been sexually harassed by a nine-year-old boy at a children’s home in Kwai Chung but the police have refused to charge the boy because he is under 10 years old.
The incident was not revealed until the mother of the young girl called legislator Andrew Wan for help, Apple Daily reports.
The girl was sexually harassed by the boy twice in three days, demanding oral sex. On Dec. 20, the boy allegedly asked her to remove her clothes or else he would not play with her.
Two days later, the boy asked her and a seven-year-old boy to take off their clothes in a room after a 13-year-old girl had persuaded her to go inside.
It was not until a week later that employees of the home told the girl’s mother about what happened.
The mother described the experience as “horrendous”. She questioned why staff of the children’s home could not have told her about the incident sooner.
She accused the staff of being lax given the home is for both sexes. An alarm is supposed to go off every time any one goes into the room of the opposite sex, she said.
The staff said the siren was turned off at the time as it was a “rest period” and that they forgot to turn it back on.
Mother and daughter went to the police on Dec. 28 only to be told that the boy was not old enough to be charged, although they had given him a verbal warning.
The Social Welfare Department (SWD) listed the incident as child molestation, according to Ming Pao Daily.
The mother said the SWD had offered her daughter a single counselling session while the police did not arrange a medical check-up for her daughter.
Wan said the events point to a case of serious negligence.
He said the children’s home is not properly run and could endanger more children. At the same time, he criticized the police for treating the case “lightly”.
Wan said an investigation into the role of 13-year-old girl should have been carried out.
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