Thursday 8 December 2016

Sinead Moriarty: Our five-year-olds have not become sexual predators - let's get a grip

Published 10/08/2016 | 02:30

It's hard to believe that a five-year-old girl could really sexually assault a five-year-old boy at school. No details of the alleged assault have emerged, but you have to wonder if it wasn't a slight overreaction on the part of the school and parents. (Stock photo)
It's hard to believe that a five-year-old girl could really sexually assault a five-year-old boy at school. No details of the alleged assault have emerged, but you have to wonder if it wasn't a slight overreaction on the part of the school and parents. (Stock photo)

Children as young as five are being reported to police on suspicion of 'sexually assaulting' their classmates.

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In a world of helicopter parenting and over-protective child-rearing, news that children could be assaulting each other in Junior Infants will send parents into a tailspin.

In England, a five-year-old girl has just been accused of attacking a five-year-old boy in her class. The number of sexual offence claims brought about by or about schoolchildren in the UK has trebled in the four years since the Jimmy Savile scandal broke.

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