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6-Year-Old Charged With Sexual Assault For Playing Doctor

6-Year-Old Charged With Sexual Assault For Playing Doctor

The world has gone completely mad.

A boy in Grant County, Wisconsin has been charged with sexual assault after getting caught playing “butt doctor” with a 5-year-old girl and her brother last fall. The girl said the boy had only touched her on the outside. The girl’s mother, however, suspected that the boy had put his finger in the girl’s anus.

The boy, whose identity is protected, had previously undergone medical exams where a rectal examination was required. As a result, play-acting of this scenario would be entirely developmentally normal for a child of six.  As well, children of this age very frequently “play doctor,” due to a natural curiosity about their own bodies and the bodies of other children.

But this time, the boy has been charged with sexual assault.  The parents of the boy say that their child is being unfairly persecuted because the girl involved is the child of a well-known local political figure. And the parents are fighting back. They have filed suit against the local district attorney as well as against a local sheriff and social worker, asking them to stop trying to coerce their son into admitting guilt and stating that the charges have caused irreparable damage to their son. Their child, they claim, now suffers from anxiety, depression, sleepless nights, a fear of going to school and a fear of being sent to jail.

What kind of a world do we live in where a six-year-old can be prosecuted by the courts for sexual assault? Yes, children who play doctor need to be taught respect and boundaries. Yes, children need to learn not to touch each other inappropriately. But to prosecute a six year old for sexual assault? Really? Can we not apply a little common sense?

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11:04PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Wow..this type of story sounds familiar..hits close to home...ridiculous .....

11:03PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Wow..this type of story sounds familiar..hits close to home...ridiculous .....

4:18PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Crazy!!

9:18AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

There needs to be a petition for this one. Simply horrible.

2:51PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

I would surmise that Grant County must be a remarkably safe place to live? After all, if it is so devoid of crime that the local criminal justice establishment can devote its attention to something like this, it must be a really safe place!

2:46PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

We wouldn't want our kids to be curious, that could lead to critical thinking. Whoops, I typed that out loud

2:20AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Oh, holy crap.

I am one who stands STRONGLY on the child abuse issue, especially when it comes to sex abuse. This goes TOO FAR!

Playing "doctor" is the most common game for children. On top of which, they don't understand the full concept at 6 years old. They're not capable of that sort of maliciousness of sexually abusing another being.

Shame on that mother! Her daughter may be scarred because she put such a hateful and negative spin on sexuality, when it was innocent child's play to begin with. And to subjugate this other boy to those exams.

2:11PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

I bet the well known political figure parents of the girl are conservative republicans. If this were the case, some children might be given life imprisonment...My 5 year old nephew has a habit of putting his fingers in holes, even electric sockets etc., he did so to his sister in the bath tub, so no more baths together. That is a normal solution to remedy a situation like that with a CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD!!! Sometimes they grab boobs etc...at that age natural because of breastfeeding memories. What to do now, charge my 4 year old nephew with sexual assault??!!!! So many people in this country are regressing instead of progressing.

5:36AM PST on Dec 6, 2011

What??? Now I've heard everything, ridiculous :-(

6:42PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

yes, crazy. this is not in the best interest of any of the children involved. the parents of the girl should put on their big pants, deal with their childish embarrassment and sincerely apologize to the boy and their own 2 children who that have no doubt scarred for a good part of their childhood (and I hope not beyond that).

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