A 38-year-old American has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting three young girls. Joseph Roman has now told police that he is a nine-year-old trapped in an adult’s body. He is using this argument as his defence, saying that he is ‘trans-age’.

Prosecutors said Roman took advantage of his friendship with the girls’ families. He assaulted the kids while their families were asleep

Roman sexually abused one girl from August 2015 to December 2017. He targeted another who is only eight years old. Roman was babysitting her, while her mother worked a night shift at her job.

Between January 2017 to this January, Roman targeted a six-year-old girl while she slept in his home. She moved to his house for ten weeks with her family.

The accused was taken into custody and made a video admission on Monday (Jan 29). The charge against Roman is a Class X felony. Convictions for Class X felonies result in prison sentences between six and thirty years. Probation is prohibited.

One in five girls and one in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse in the USA. They are most vulnerable between the ages of 7 and 3.

Child sexual abuse in India 

In India, a child is sexually abused every 15 minutes, according to a report by the National Crime Records Bureau

According to the report on crimes in India for 2016, released by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi, 106,958 cases of crimes against children were recorded in 2016.

Of these, 36,022 cases were recorded under the Pocso (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act.

Delhi is where the largest number of cases occur. According to a 2007 study conducted by the ministry of women and child development, 53% of children surveyed said they had been subjected to some form of sexual abuse.

Also Read: Children of Both Genders are Equally Vulnerable to Sexual Assault

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