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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 April, 2005, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Rape sentence protest 'a success'
Scene of the attack in Nuneaton
The girl was attacked on her way home from school
The family of a girl who was raped by a youth say they are pleased with support they received at a protest in Warwickshire on Saturday.

About 100 people gathered outside the Nuneaton Justice Centre to demand the 16-year-old receive an increase to his five-year sentence.

He admitted raping the 12-year-old in a field near Cleaver Sports Centre in Weddington, Nuneaton, in November.

A spokeswoman for the family said the support shown was "heart-warming".

Thousands of cars

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the victim's identity, said: "I think it was a very successful afternoon.

"We were there for about two-and-a-half hours and I would say we received about 120 signatures and thousands of cars tooted us as they went past.

"It was very heart-warming and shows there is a great strength of support for a change in the law that would protect children better."

On Tuesday, Appeal Court judge Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf upheld the youth's five year sentence.

He said the early guilty plea meant the girl did not have to go through the trauma of giving evidence.

The youth hit his victim in the face and dragged her into a field as she walked home from school.

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