You tend to think girls do not engage in violence but this case proves that assumption wrong. An autistic boy in Townsville, Australia suffered a brutal and unprovoked attack by two girls. He was cycling home after fishing in a nearby creek, when he was pulled from his bike and dragged into a half-built house.
Humiliated and tortured
He was then subjected to a prolonged and humiliating assault allegedly at the hands of two girls, aged just thirteen and fourteen.
The boy’s mother (who cannot be named) said the two girls beat up her son, threatened him with a knife and stripped him naked before sexually assaulting him during the terrifying ordeal:
“He was dragged off his pushbike by (the hood of his jacket) and dragged into a house that was under construction and severely beaten up, kicked, kneed and punched,” the mother said.
“They got him in there and basically attacked him severely, ripped all his clothes off, they had a knife to his throat and told him they were going to kill him.”
During the attack, the boy managed to escape from the girls and ran to a nearby house for help. The residents of the house then phoned the boy’s mother. Police later stated that the boy could not tell how long he had been held captive by the two girls but it may have been for an hour.
Since both girls are under eighteen, they will be charged under the Juvenile Justice Act, according to Australian law.
Protecting your child from violent attacks
You may be able to shield your children from being affected by violence on television and in video games but what about violence on the street and in your community? We tend to believe that children do not fully understand violent events and this lack of awareness protects them from the aftereffects. Although young children do not have the verbal ability to express their feelings they can be still affected by violence.
Tips on dealing with violent bullies
Not all bullying is mere teasing and taunting. Sometimes it can escalate into violence which can threaten your child’s safety and it is important not to brush it off as a part of growing up.
1. Tell your child that bullying is not acceptable at all. Appearance, race, or gender do not ‘cause’ bullying or make someone deserve it.
2. Your child should try to remain calm and confident in the heat of the moment because fighting back may provoke the bully.