(MENAFN - Morocco World News) By Alexandra Gritta Rabat- A man who allegedly raped a minor under the threat of violence has been arrested in Mohammedia, a port city on the west coast of Morocco, on Thursday, May 3. The Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) announced that the Mohammedia judicial police force arrested a man suspected of raping a 10 year-old girl. A complaint was filed back on April 12, when the sexual assault victim was allegedly violated in the stairway of the building where she lives. According to AlYaoum24, the girl was assaulted while she was on her way to the local grocery store to purchase more data for a mobile phone. Her rapist reportedly already had criminal record, and threatened to harm the victim if she did not comply with him. The young girl suffered from severe hemorrhage as a result of the rape, and was immediately transported to Ibnou Rochd, a children's hospital located in Casablanca. An investigation leading up to the man's arrested provided both biological and technical evidence for his incrimination. Furthermore, the investigation revealed that the accused approached the girl several times prior to the rape incident, and that the 10 year-old's family was unaware of the suspicious behavior, and thus did not report it earlier to the police. The incident has disturbed Mohammedia locals, inciting many angry and worried responses. The question of what sentence the rapist will serve, if any, has been a huge point of contention. With more than 26,000 children raped in Morocco each year, legal norms governing rape and pedophilia cases have been largely criticized as weak and ineffective by the Moroccan public. In an interview with Huffpost, Najia Adib, Founder and President of the 'Don't Touch My Children' association, raised the point, '[Pedophiles only receive] one or two years, and are sometimes completely acquitted. Often...we are shocked by the leniency of certain judges. The law permits jail sentences of up to 30 years, but they prefer to pardon the pedophiles!' In 2016, another girl, just 11 years old, was raped multiple times by a 40-year-old man in Marrakech. The predator was sentenced to a mere two years, despite the fact that he was a repeat offender. In 2017, a 16-year-old girl hung herself after being gang-raped in Marrakech after the court released her rapists without charges. In some cases, a rapist will also kill their victim in a effort to silence them. In 2014, a two-year-old girl was raped and killed by her uncle in a town outside of Casablanca. Childhood trauma, particularly in cases of rape, often lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. Children are often too young to understand the nature of the assault and are confused about how to report or seek help from an adult. Growing up, they continue to relive the unresolved trauma, and may turn to unhealthy outlets for their frustrations, such as drugs, self-harm, and attempts at suicide. As investigations into the Mohammedia rapist have concluded, it remains to be seen how authorities will proceed with"