Almost a decade ago, a fourteen year old daughter of a South African immigrant family formed a sexual relationship with a 20 something male.
A counselor informed the girl she was fortunate to have found love.
The relationship was extended to a threesome when a male work mate of the new found love joined in.
The story was lead on the 'walrus show' last night and the more revelations that appear, the more disturbing the sordid tale becomes.
Leighton Smith ran with it this morning, including a call in from the girls father who has shifted his business to the UK to escape the appalling lines run by officials of our much vaunted child protection services and the powerlessness endured by such parents. Several callers related cases where (a) CYFS had removed a child from school with no reference to a parent who only discovered the fact when the child failed to come home; (b) other children "at risk" were left in the care of the supposedly deficient parent and the "kidnapped" child was returned days later with no apology, comment or recorded outcome.
This whole matter on TV1 last night at no time resulted in any criminal charges for the men allegedly involved in sexual activity with the underage girl.
The parents who were trying to do the best for their child found no solace or support from the child welfare and protection system authorities have us believe they promote. Instead, there is just chaos.
The law actually worked against these parents in that they were restrained and gagged by the lawyers acting for the girl and her advisors - paid for by tax payers. Decisions that were ruled out some years later by the court, albeit far too late.
The media often give publicity around activities in this area of the law but so much of the workings and decisions are closed to public scrutiny leading to a belief these revelations and other matters exposed on TV1 and Leighton's show are, in a word, shocking.
As one who firmly believes parental responsibility should be the expected norm when kids go bad, this rubbish behavior from those employed to work in the field, is in fact undermining parents.