PM urges more reporting of sexual assault

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Residents of this country and law enforcement officials are being encouraged to report instances of sexual assault and to conduct speedy investigations, respectively.

The call came from Prime Minister and Minister of Legal Affairs Dr. Ralph Gonsalves as he responded in Parliament last week to a question by opposition Senator Anesia Baptiste about the number of femicides and sexual assault of women in the year ending January 2012.

Gonsalves told lawmakers that the one-year period would not be sufficiently illustrative of progress made or not made in tackling the situation over the last decade.

He contrasted the one-year period ending January 2012 to that ending January 2000. Between 2011 and 2012, there were five femicides, compared to three in the earlier period. Two resulted from domestic disputes in 1999 and four in 2011.

There were 307 instances of women being wounded between January 2011 and 2012, compared to 307 between 1999 and 2000 while those involving domestic disputes were 79 and 209 in the respective time periods.

Gonsalves, who was twice accused and cleared of sexually assault, said that the number of rape cases during the two periods “were more or less in the same area”, with 56 cases reported in the year ending January 2012 compared to 59 in the period ending January 2000.

“… when we look at incest and intercourse with girls under 15 and girls under 13, … we see much larger numbers in the latter period,” he said, adding that there were four cases in 2000 compared to 81 last year.

“But what is interesting is that of the 81 cases of incest in the latter period, one person is charged with 63 cases. Now, when you look at the cases for the girls under the age of 15, there are 46 cases in the latter period but 38 is one person charged,” he said.

“What I think has been happening over the last 10 years, however, though, is that we have been seeing more reports of domestic disputes and more reports of incidents of rape and incest,” he said, adding that statistics on the proportion of persons arrested, charged and convicted was difficult to talk about for a particular year.

“They are being charged but because … these are mainly indictable offences, … you don’t see the conclusion of them in that particular year,” he explained.

“The important point is that we have to be reporting more and we have to make sure that our investigation is up to speed,” he said.

He further told Parliament that the Ministry of National Security had instructed the Commissioner of Police to set up a unit to deal with sexual assault and domestic abuse.

“The top person has been chosen within CID. I have been advised it is a superintendent, a woman, an experience police officer who would be in charged of a unit with domestic abuse, violence against women and also trafficking in persons,” he said.

Follow our FeedFollow on FacebookFollow on Twitter



12 thoughts on “PM urges more reporting of sexual assault

  1. LOL…… Too easy!!!!

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | March 7, 2012, 16:09
  2. PM urges more reporting of sexual assault: AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! This is Ralph E Gonsolves telling we this? AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! OH ME LARD!

    Posted by roinuj | March 7, 2012, 17:21
  3. Comrade, are you ready to make a confession?

    Posted by Mark | March 7, 2012, 21:01
  4. IT’s about time Mr. PM. Let’s hope the DPP doesn’t throw some of the cases out. Now get parliament to put some teeth into laws that will see men pay dearly for their crimes against women.

    Posted by Vere | March 7, 2012, 22:37
  5. *Side eye* It’s like the man is irony-free…

    Posted by Caribbean Lady | March 8, 2012, 08:47
  6. this is damn funny hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahalolololololololololololololololololololololol

    Posted by blackman | March 8, 2012, 12:08
  7. What a dreadful assault on the peoples intelligence. “Gonsalves, who was twice accused and cleared of sexually assault”. He was never cleared of sexual assault. The DPP decided that there was no case to answer, there was no court case, no real investigation. As far as the people are concerned there are still outstanding charges to be taken before a court.

    At some time in the future Gonsalves will be prosecuted, perhaps he will be found guilty, perhaps not.

    Gonsalves your friends in Canada are waiting to greet you with a special award, find time to make the trip.

    Posted by Peter | March 15, 2012, 21:35

    Your all quite right it’s so ridicules that its funny. What a stupid fat little Marxist twerp he is, every time he opens his mouth he sinks deeper in the sh.t.

    One thing for sure. he will never be able lead a normal life in SVG [and one or two other places] again.

    What is great that unlike the early days, everything is recorded in cyberspace or somewhere electronically, he will never be able to dodge the truth, reading his history could be most amusing, if it wasn’t so serious. At least he will be excluded from ever being a Vincentian Hero.

    What a wonderful present to leave his children and grandchildren, what a thoughtless jerk.



    Posted by Peter | March 16, 2012, 14:15

    Posted by Peter | March 16, 2012, 14:18
  10. Look it up

    Posted by Peter | March 16, 2012, 14:20
  11. what you describe creeping about and masturbating in the bushes in the garden at 4am as?

    Posted by Peter | March 22, 2012, 13:14
  12. Dr. Gonsalves, God’s grace is sooooooooo rich towards us. Aren’t you happy He is not as man?

    Posted by justice | March 22, 2012, 21:22

I-Witness News’ tweets


%d bloggers like this: