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Rape report for JA

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Rape report for JA

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An analysis by the police has determined that bus and taxi operators and labourers are among those most likely to commit acts of rape. The study, conducted by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB), also found that sexual assaults are more likely to occur between 6 p.m. and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
“This coincides with the increased recreational activities such as dances, parties, outings, and wakes,” stated an executive summary published in the weekly Force Orders.
“This is also the time when most victims and rapists are likely to indulge in the use of alcohol and banned drugs.”
The analysis, which was done using rape cases reported between January last year and April this year, found that males between the ages of 14 and 25 years are most likely to commit sexual assault.
Some 88 rape cases were reported during the first quarter of this year, nine more than for the same period last year, raising concerns among the Police High Command.
The NIB said female students between the ages of 10 and 20 years are most vulnerable to sexual attacks, with 58 per cent of victims falling in this category.
The study found that in 90 per cent of sexual attacks, the offender travels to the scene on foot, and in 73 per cent of the cases, is known to the victim.
“Most victims are raped at their homes, at their friends’ homes, on the way to or from school and work, and while walking alone along lonely roadways,” the study found.
Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, and St James, the study found, were the parishes with the highest incidence of rape.
Jamaica Gleaner