Germany, Mülheim: Debate in Germany on lowering the criminal age after a group rape involving five children between 12 and 14 years old

The participation of two 12-year-old children in a group rape has sparked a debate in Germany about reducing the age of criminal responsibility, currently at 14 years old. The five suspects under investigation are all Bulgarian, police say.



The participation of two children of 12 years in a group rape has unleashed in Germany a debate on the reduction of the age of criminal responsibility, currently in the 14 years. In the rape, which took place last weekend in the Rhineland city of Mülheim, five children participated. The other three suspects are 14 years old.

The facts have shocked the country at the young age of the aggressors, who, in a pack, cornered the victim, aged 18, in a park and raped her. " This act can not go unpunished, " said the head of the police union, Rainer Wendt, who has asked for it to modify the penal code. "We've been asking for it for years," he added.

His request, however, does not have the support of associations for the protection of children or those of judges. For the president of the latter association, Jens Gnisa, the equation "more criminal laws, less crimes" does not work in the case of young people.

"Juvenile justice has proven that juvenile delinquency falls with educational missions," said judge Gnisa, who therefore sees no need to lower the age of civil responsibility from 14 to 12 years.

The president of the German Association for the Protection of Children, Martina Huxoll-von Ahn, thinks the same. "What the office should do for the welfare of the youth is to investigate the causes of this behavior and start the procedures for these cases through the family and juvenile courts."

The events occurred on the night of last Friday, when the five minors, all of Bulgarian origin, lent themselves to accompany the young woman to see her walking alone and late. The young woman saw no danger in that group of children and agreed. He had to cross until arriving at his house a zone of forest. There they assaulted her, about a hundred meters from the playground where the children were entertained on the swings.


The woman was allegedly raped in this park in Mülheim, Germany.

According to the information given by the police, the young woman was sighted by neighbors from the garden, alarmed by the continuous barking of her dog. They saw her lying on the ground and in a situation that left no room for doubt. Two of the attackers were still with her.

The victim was taken to the hospital with external and internal wounds , but has been discharged. His psychological state, however, is fragile.

The five rapists have been identified by the police thanks to the description of the witnesses and the victim. In the case of the two children of 12 years, they were handed over by their parents. One of the aggressors of 14 years has a history in this type of crime and, for the time being, he remains in police custody due to the risk of recidivism.

The case recalls the rape, in April of last year, of a 13-year-old girl by eight children, all of them belonging to the Bulgarian minority in Turkey.

Source:
https://www.tellerreport.com/news/2019-07-09---debate-in-ger
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/10/europe/german-sex-offense

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Location: Mülheim, Germany