20-year-old Sentenced To Reformative Training For Sexually Abusing 9-Year-Old Cousin
The man figured his sexual acts were "not as bad" since his cousin probably didn't fully understand what he was doing to her.
A 20-year-old-man was sentenced to a year of reformative training on Thursday (October 29) for sexually abusing his 9-year-old cousin according to TODAYonline.
The young man will be in a regimented rehabilitation programme for offenders under 21-years-old to serve their sentences while being allowed to resume their education or employment.
Young Man Sexually Abused His Cousin For 3 Years
According to court records, the man—who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity—started molesting his younger cousin back in 2014 when he was just 13-years-old.
His sexual desire for his cousin risen when he visited her flat and saw her come out from the shower completely naked. The young man said he was not immediately aroused but rather “the desire to see the victim naked again began to fester in his mind”, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Chong Kee En told the court.
When she was staying over at his flat several months later, the man decided to give in to his urges and asked his cousin if he could touch her. She nodded before proceeding to take off her clothes.
While she did feel uneasy about the things he was doing to her, she didn’t really understand what was happening.
Things escalated as he started to repeatedly sodomise his cousin and even forced her to give him oral sex. Although every time her cousin would advance on her with a sexual act, she would tell him it was okay after.
Despite feeling disgusted over himself, his sexual abuse didn’t stop there as his abuse went on for 3 years.
His cousin feared that the news would cause conflict between the two families
The young man told his cousin never to tell anyone about what he did to her so she remained quiet about their sexual activities.
“She felt ‘sad’ at the thought of the accused being punished and was worried about how her aunt and grandmother would take the news,” DPP Chong added.
Eventually, in August 2017, the child felt pain in her abdomen and was worried she was pregnant. She went to her friends for help who then confided their teachers, revealing the truth to everyone.
After the sentence, the two cousins are now only allowed to interact at family gatherings with close parental supervision.