China: New Sex Offender Legislation for Minors Angers Public
The Chinese Communist Party has issued it’s
latest regulations on sex offenders involving minors.
One regulation states,"it is not a crime for those under 16 years
of age, to have occasional sexual relations with young girls."
This has caused a public uproar in China. Internet
users call the new regulations “draconian measures."
Law experts say the new regulations open
the back door for juvenile sex offenders.
On October 24, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Procuratorate,
the Ministry of Public Security, and the Ministry of Justice jointly
issued “Opinions on Punishment of Sex Crimes against minors."
In Article 23, it states:"Those who are older than 14 years
of age, and younger than the age of 16, and who have
occasional sex with young girls, as a minor incident which
causes no serious consequences, is not considered a crime."
In response, internet users question
whether this encourages minors to rape?
Many microblogs are reacting angrily; “is the brain full of water?";
“dirt as conscience!"; “is this legislator even a human being?"
A netizen asks: “Legislators, have
you no daughter or granddaughter?"
Another post suggests: “I support the
legislators dedicating their daughters to the party."
Some internet user state that these regulations are obviously
for the younger generations of the officials and cadres.
One netizen worries that with the protection of
draconian laws, these rampant crimes will only increase.
Sui Muqing was the defense attorney for the victims
in the school principal rape case in Hainan.
He believes this draconian measure is specifically
set up for the privileged in the Communist regime.
Sui Muqing, Guangzhou human rights attorney:
“This is very obviously a back door.
It is designated for the dignitaries,
so they can escape from the charge.
Our laws have always been ones to protect
the officials and to regulate the public.
It was initiated with that purpose, and
now it’s only getting more obvious."
Article 19, section 2, of the legislation
has also received much criticism.
It states: “Sexual assault with victims younger than
12 years of age is constituted the crime of rape."
People question on the internet that Criminal Law clearly states
that sexual relations with girls younger than 14 is considered rape.
The new legislation actually constitutes a relaxation of the law.
Ran Chongbi is a petitioner from Guangdong.
In 2008, her daughter, at the age of 4, was raped by a neighbor,
and has since suffered from a sexually transmitted disease.
Guangdong Court ruled a 7-year imprisonment
for the rapist, without any civil compensation.
Ran Chongbi was furious over the new legislation.
She worries that more rapists will escape justice.
Ran Chongbi, Chongqing petitioner:"Minors raping should
constitute a crime. How does it not constitute a crime?
I absolutely deny it!
With these new rules, more and more crimes are being
tolerated. To sexually assault a 14 year-old is not a crime?
The age limit is set lower? What does that
mean? I am absolutely against it. I will protest!"
Young girls victimized by sexual assault
have increased in China recently.
There have been 25 cases exposed just this year.
A principal of Wanning primary school,
Hainan, raped 6 school girls in a hotel.
16 girls were raped by a teacher at
Nanyang Primary School of Henan.
Qianshan elementary school Principal raped 9 girls in 12 years.
A 12-year-old girl was raped by three
teachers and subsequently had a child.
These publicized scandals are only the tip of the iceberg.
According to China Children and Teenagers Fund report,
as many as 21.8% of young Chinese girls are rape victims.
The government, the prosecution, the justice, and the judicial
system are said to be the ones to blame for this rampant
phenomenon of young Chinese girls being molested and raped.
Ran Chongbi: “These legal organs consider
rapes as a game. They do not care in the least.
They have no intention of protecting women or children,
and none of the local governments are governed by law.
Their investigations are based on RMB."
Sexual assault causes more than physical injury to the children.
It can also cause psychological trauma, that could never go away.
Ran Chongbi’s daughter: “This assault
has caused serious harm to me.
It has left a dark shadow in my heart, it’s huge.
I can’t go to school. I want the criminal to be punished."
It has been asked whether the Communist officials
who continue to cover up rapists actions, and create
draconian laws, have heard the cries of a suffering child?