Five-year-old boy allegedly raped by group of children on remote Australian beach

Napranum is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community that’s home to about 1,000 Indigenous people on the northwest coast of Cape York peninsula.The town is about 800 kilometers (500 miles), or a 10-hour drive, from Cairns — the nearest major city.

According to ABC News, Napranum was long considered one of Queensland’s most disadvantaged communities, though economic opportunities have improved over the past decade.In 2006, a 10-year-old girl was raped by three men and six boys in the town of Aurukun, about 190 kilometers (118 miles) from Napranum.

The case sparked outrage across Australia after the perpetrators were given suspended sentences. The judge in the case didn’t sentence the group to prison time in part because she said the girl “probably agreed to have sex with” them.