Boy, 11, fathers child with 36-year-old mother of schoolfriend prompting calls for reform of New Zealand's rape laws
- Schoolboy started contact with woman after spending day at friend's house
- Case was revealed when boy informed the principal at his school
- Justice Minister Judith Collins is now looking into country's rape laws
An 11-year-old boy is reported to have fathered a child with the 36-year-old mother of a schoolfriend (file picture)
An 11-year-old boy in New Zealand has fathered a child with the 36-year-old mother of his schoolfriend.
The revelation has prompted sexual abuse counsellors to call for a reform in the country's rape laws after details of the case first emerged when the boy informed the principal at his school, in South Auckland.
The schoolboy and the baby are now both believed to be in care and Justice Minister Judith Collins has said she will look into present legislation which makes it impossible for a woman to be accused of rape.
Justice Minister Judith Collins said the case raised an 'important point', adding: 'I will seek advice from officials on whether or not a law change is required,' The Weekend Herald has reported.
The current law states only a man can be accused of rape when they force sex. Women who have sex without consent can be charged with sexual violation. Both carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Child Youth and Family confirmed it was dealing with a case at the school which was going before the courts.
The paper has reported they boy approached his principal about two-thirds of the way through the 2012 school year.
The contact is understood to have started in April last year when the boy and his friend took a day off school. They spent the day at the friend's home where the woman gave the boy alcohol and took part in a sexual encounter with him.
It is understood the contact lasted for a number of months and the boy had turned 12 by the time the child was born.
'I will seek advice from officials on whether or not a law change is required'
- Justice Minister Judith Collins
A CYF worker, who has since retired, told the paper the agency was involved in the case, adding the police would also be making inquiries, although the woman denied the sexual contact.
Ken Clearwater, manager of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, said it the allegations were true the woman should be held accountable, adding the gender-dependent laws should be changed.
Meanwhile, family lawyer Jeremy Sutton said the boy would not have rights to the child unless he was present at birth and that he would have to make a case for access.
MailOnline yesterday reported how an elementary school teacher and mother-of-two, from Southern California, admitted performing sex acts on a student under the age of 14, claiming it was brought on by a manic episode.
Malia Brooks, 32, pleaded guilty on Thursday to three counts of committing lewd acts with a child under 14, despite pleading not guilty the day before.
Under the plea change deal, she'll face up to 12 years in prison instead of a possible 16. Her lawyer is seeking a four-to-six-year sentence.
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