Rapes and sexual assaults on the rise in T&T

There is an in­creas­ing in­ci­dence of rape and sex­u­al as­sault in T&T, ac­cord­ing to Rape Cri­sis So­ci­ety of T&T rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Mea­gan King-Cadett,

In an in­ter­view on CNC3's The Morn­ing Brew, she quot­ed sta­tis­tics from the Crime and Prob­lem Analy­sis Unit (CA­PA) of the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) which showed that be­tween 2008 and 2018 there were 1434 re­ports of rape.

 

"With re­gards to sex­u­al as­sault, there has been a to­tal of 980 cas­es," King-Cadett said

Ac­knowl­edg­ing that these fig­ures on­ly re­flect cas­es which were re­port­ed, she added that the Rape Cri­sis So­ci­ety has no­ticed an in­creas­ing trend since 2016 with 3 per cent more of their clien­tele re­port­ing rape, sex­u­al vi­o­lence and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

She said these is­sues af­fects much more than just the vic­tims.

"It af­fects fam­i­lies, chil­dren are now be­ing warned of preda­tors that are on the alert, com­mu­ni­ties are be­ing af­fect­ed where we no longer feel safe," she said

King-Cadett said the Rape Cri­sis So­ci­ety aims to em­pow­er vic­tims, let­ting them know "it doesn't mat­ter race, what na­tion­al­i­ty they be­long to, they have a voice."

Reporter: Rishard Khan

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