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Breakthrough Conviction in Child Abuse Case

The Supreme Court of Iceland sentenced a man to five years in prison yesterday for having sexually abused his daughter when she was two and three years old. The ruling is based on the child’s silent testimony, which is considered a breakthrough.

It was considered proven that sexual violation had taken place, even though conclusive medical evidence was lacking and no one could testify but the victim, Morgunbladid reports.

“The ruling bases on the girl’s expressions and her behavior to conclude lawful evidence is at hand. In my opinion it demands that judges have a perceptive understanding of the nature of sexual violence and its consequences,” said Bragi Gudbrandsson, director of the Government Agency for Child Protection.

“It is absolutely a breakthrough ruling,” Gudbrandsson stated. “The courts have passed the test with distinction.”

The man must also pay his daughter ISK 1.5 million (USD 12,300, EUR 7,600) in compensation.

Click here to read more about sexual violence in Iceland.

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