Stuck in traffic this evening, listening to the news on Radio 4. A young girl of eight has been raped by two ten-year-old boys. The case was taken to the Crown Court and the boys have been let off with a severe warning and custodial sentence of two years. The boys, one a model pupil, will be offered help and counselling. The parents of the boys will be made to take parenting classes for a year. They too will be offered help in coming to terms with what their boys have done, because it must be awful for them. There was much made of the fact that this case should never have come to the Crown Court but should have been dealt with in a Junior Court, or whatever it is called.
You might have heard me screaming in that line of traffic. For not one word was said about the girl who was raped and what help she would be offered. Not one word.