Thursday, November 17, 2011

"Boy, 6, caught playing doctor, is accused of sex assault"


"By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

"Nov. 17, 2011 7:52 p.m.

"Three young children caught playing doctor last year have unintentionally landed themselves, their families and some Grant County officials in a federal civil rights case sure to raise questions and outrage.

"The parents of a 6-year-old boy who faced charges of first-degree sexual assault have sued Grant County officials who investigated and filed the juvenile petition. The charges came after a 5-year-old girl's mother suspected that play had gone too far.

"The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Madison, claims officials violated the boy's and his parents' civil rights, and seeks damages and an injunction against Grant County District Attorney Lisa Riniker. The suit also names a sheriff's deputy and social worker as defendants. None of them could be reached for comment late Thursday."

Just going by the story, I'd have to say that I side with the boy's parents. I never had kids. I thought the "doctor" stuff happened at an earlier age. Anyway, it just seems like the PC police going too far again. Is there a legal age of reason?


SER said...

The lawsuit says the boy, who had ADHD,

I believe once you have (or identified as having) ADHD you have it for life, you just learn how to deal with it.

I’m ‘reading between the lines’ the girls parents are taking advantage of their ‘positions’ and want to make the parents look bad. Also, I’m guessing there is/was a medical bill involved and the girls parents wanted the boys parent to pay it which started the conflict and now it’s out of control.

Why Not? said...

Not really at that age yet with my girls, but understand it's a very normal thing.. Although it should be corrected when caught, I have a hard time seeing a first-degree sexual assault charge for a 6 year old is the way to go...

sexuality starts at a very young age and while not stifling their curiosities you should teach them what is an is not appropriate, not slap them with a law suit..

Dr. jedwis said...

Geez, It just a else are you going to learn? Damp parents take the fun out of everything.

kkdither said...

As a mother of three children, to me, this seems beyond bizarre. I know children are curious about their bodies and act on those curiosities.

Sexual assault? No way. While they might understand pleasurable touching, six is still far too young for them to even realize what sex is... Inappropriate touching? Sure, I can see that. Then like why not says, correct that behavior and be more vigilant and monitor their playtime.

What did Jerry Seinfeld say?, "It only becomes sex when the nipple makes an appearance."