Childhood sexual abuse is a huge epidemic around the globe. Research has shown parents, caregivers and many educators are unaware of the signs, symptoms and prevention of childhood sexual abuse adding to the rapid and growing statistics. This is unacceptable with over 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse; affecting 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys.
Today Latest.com reported Indian police reported a 10 year old girl was raped "after a village chief ordered for her to be sexually assaulted as 'punishment' after her father beat a man who broke into their house."
According to reports, "a 25 year old man who was neighbors with the family broke into their house drunk and tried to molest the man’s wife."
Trying to protect his wife and home the girl's father attacked the intruder but, the following day, the beaten man told the elders at the village he was "assaulted without provocation."
According to the Times of India the village elders decided the girl’s "violent father had to be punished."
"In their infinite morality, the elders in Eastern India’s Bokaro district ordered that he can rape the man’s 10-year-old daughter as revenge."
According to the Times of India, " the 25 year old dragged the girl into a wooden area near her home and raped her against the pleas of her mother."
The brutal attack reportedly lasted about an hour and the 10 year old girl was left lying in a pool of blood.
According to further reports, "other villagers were too afraid to intervene for fear of revenge from the elders."
India’s rape epidemic targets young girls that live in rural areas.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, "24,923 rapes were reported in the country last year and women’s groups believe the figure is much higher because the majority of rapes are not reported."