Child sex crime skyrockets

June 24, 2008

Children are committing sex crimes in record numbers in Queensland, with figures revealing up to a 2000 per cent rise in the rate of juvenile sex attacks in less than 10 years.

A 16-year-old boy this week became the latest juvenile to be charged with rape over an alleged attack on two schoolmates in South-East Queensland.

An Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) report released yesterday found that the overall number of sexual assaults had increased by 20 per cent across the country over the past decade, but said it could be due to an increase in the reporting of assaults, rather than an actual increase of the crime.

Queensland Police statistics over the past decade confirm the findings that sexual assaults by teenagers have risen substantially.