A 12-year-old girl who was raped by her teenage brother gave birth to their baby after being rushed to hospital with stomach pain, a court has heard.
She was only 11 when she was raped by her 14-year-old brother in the ‘dysfunctional’ family home in Wales.
The siblings grew up with “blurred sexual boundaries” and were surrounded by a culture of “secrecy and lies” created by their parents, Swansea Crown Court said.
The terrified girl began to complain of severe stomach pain early in the morning before giving birth to her older brother’s baby a few hours later.
Prosecutor Georgina Buckley said a midwife asked the child if she had ever had sex, to which the girl said she did not know, reports Wales Online.
She then asked if the 11-year-old had consented to the intercourse and the girl said she thought so, but was not sure.
It was not clear if the girl realized she was pregnant, the prosecutor said.
The child had told the midwife she was unaware, but was overheard telling others at the hospital that she knew, the court said.
Police questioned her teenage brother after the birth, who admitted to having sex with his sister on one occasion.
He told officers the couple “struggled” downstairs as their parents got out and got on the bed to continue as it was more comfortable.
The boy said they started kissing each other before they each took off their clothes and had sex.
The court heard that there was no suggestion that coercion or threats contributed to the incident.
The teenage father, now 16, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of rape.
The 12-year-old has a heartbreaking story of how much she yearns to live a normal life for a girl her age and wants her baby to have the best life.
In a court-read impact statement, she also said she no longer wanted to go home.
How to get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Reach out to charities for help, including Women’s Aid’s live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarize yourself with the silent solution, where you call 999 and press “55” if you cannot speak safely.
- Always carry cash or a bank card with you, including change in case you need a pay phone or a bus ticket.
- If you think your partner is about to attack you, try heading for an exit if you’re inside the house and pick up your phone in case you need to call for help.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you could be trapped, such as the bathroom.
Women’s Aid offers a live chat service – available every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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You can also call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Hotline on 0808 2000 247.
“DIFFICULT AND DYSFUNCTIONAL” EDUCATION
The court heard that the incident could be attributed to the “difficult and dysfunctional circumstances” in which the siblings were brought up.
Dean Pulling, on behalf of the defendant teenager, said it was clear that they had both been subjected to a “dysfunctional, neglectful and potentially abusive upbringing” where their parents gave up control.
The lawyer said the boy had been regularly exposed to pornography in the home since he was 10 years old.
Mr. Pulling continued, “Children are the product of their upbringing and the environment to which they are exposed.”
The teenager is remorseful and reacts well to the positive influence of the foster parents with whom he now lives.
His lawyer told the court that “detention would not add much but would be very expensive”, and asked for a non-custodial sentence.
Judge Christopher Vosper QC was the subject of a two-year-old youth removal order with a supervision requirement and an activity requirement.
The accused will be a registered sex offender for 30 months.
If you are concerned with any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans toll free at 116 123.