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article imageGirl's sex abuse not detected despite 2 abortions before age 13

By Caroline Leopold     Jul 10, 2015 in Crime
Winnipeg - The repeated sexual assault of a Winnipeg girl who had been impregnated by her stepfather twice and had two abortions before she was 13 raises questions about why her abuse had gone undetected.
A Winnipeg man pled guilty to counts of sexual assault against his stepdaughter and breaking into a home with the intent to sexually assault a mother and daughter. Some legal and medical experts believe the stepdaughter's abuse could have been detected much sooner because she had been impregnated and had two abortions before age 13.
The man's repeated sexual assaults of his stepdaughter were not uncovered until he had been arrested and charged with attacking two others with the intent of sexual assault.
The 35-year-old man is unidentified to protect the identity of the stepdaughter.
Police arrested the man in September 2012 after he broke into an apartment belonging to his stepdaughter's 13-year-old friend and mother.
The Winnipeg Sun reports that court records said the girl was visiting the stepdaughter's home to watch a movie and the man drove the girl home. The man ordered the girl and her mother to move to the bed with the intent of sexually assaulting them. When they refused, he beat each of them with a crowbar. The two victims called 911 and the man was arrested later in his home.
A year later, the stepdaughter revealed to her mother that the man had sexually assaulted her since she was in the sixth grade, as often as six times a week.
At the time of the girl's assaults, the stepfather had sole custody of the girl and three other children.
According to court documents the man sexually assaulted his stepdaughter repeatedly and impregnated his stepdaughter twice. The girl had two abortions before she was 13.
‚ÄčA legal and human rights expert is asking questions about how the abuse of the Winnipeg girl had gone undetected for so long, according to CBC News.
"In my view, if a child presents at a hospital pregnant, there's questions. There's reason for red flags to be raised," said Karen Busby, a University of Manitoba law professor and a director of the university's Centre for Human Rights Research. "Because technically speaking, an offense has occurred."
According to the Criminal Code of Canada, the age of consent for sexual activity is 16, but Busby said if both partners are younger and both agreed to it, then it would unusual for criminal charges to be sought.
The girl was instructed by her stepfather to tell medical staff that her boyfriend was the father, according to court papers.
The 35-year-old accused pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, sex assault causing bodily harm and repeated sexual assault.
Prosecutors are seeking a 16-year jail sentence. The man returns to court in August for sentencing.
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