Sister vows to join police force after little brother raped
THE big sister of a young boy who was repeatedly raped while visiting their mother has just one dream - to end child abuse.
The 18-year-old woman says she will forge a career in the police force so she can help put sex criminals behind bars.
On Wednesday, she watched the 23-year-old man who stole her brother's innocence plead guilty in the Brisbane District Court to eight rape and sex abuse charges.
The abuser's father was living with the child's mother and the attacks happened while the victim was on custody access visits during 2008 and 2009.
The boy was four to five years old at the time.
The victim's parents and the rapist's family did not know the abuse happened until the boy told his father in 2014, after the father saw a newspaper report about the abuser's attacks on two other boys.
The boy's sister said she felt helpless when she learned her baby brother had been abused. She said: "If I knew it was happening, I would have done something about it.
"I don't know how to feel, really.
"There are so many emotions."
With tears flowing down her cheeks, the fresh-faced auburn-haired factory hand urged other little victims to tell their parents or a trustworthy adult if someone was hurting them.
"I want to tell other kids who go through this that it's not their fault," she said.
"I want to ask them to tell their parents straight away."
The victim's father said his now-12-year-old son was the complete opposite of the happy-go-lucky lad he used to be.
"Put it this way, he's punched out a few kids this year," the 52-year-old single dad said of his son's anger.
"He's lashing out. He's even lashed out at his sister and myself.
"He wants (the abuser) to go to jail. We all need him to go to jail.
"We'll just have to accept what the judge says."
The father said he and his daughter would always blame themselves.
"There might come a day when we don't but that is probably a fair way down the track," he said.
- APN NEWSDESK