Following reports that were made earlier this week of a 97-year-old woman being raped, Dr. Kenny Anthony has expressed outraged. He says, not only was the crime act despicable in the sense of violating an elderly citizen, but the entire community and county was struck with disgust and revulsion.
“It is unbelievable that someone would even think of committing such an act,” Dr. Kenny Anthony said. “This is a heinous and outrageous act. It is inconceivable that a human being would do this. I wish to express my sorrow to the family and the community as they grieve over this.”
“I commend the community of Mon Repos [where the rape occurred] for its decision to host prayer vigil to share their collective outrage, and to send a message to the perpetrator or perpetrators that this behaviour will not be tolerated,” he continued.
The prime minister also took the chance to urge the police and the public to deal with this sort of problem as a collective effort between each other as reports of rape across the island has taken a rise and is becoming a very worrying trend. He emphasized that the occurrence of such incidents are not just a matter of security.
“For too long we have been silent about sexual violence in our homes and our communities,” he said. “In many instances, we know there are fathers, uncles, stepfathers and others who commit deviant sexual acts in homes and communities and nothing is said or done. Quite often the perpetrators are protected. These unreported cases lead to an even greater problem in our society, where these men grow to believe that this is acceptable behaviour. We need to tackle the problems at the root.”
Earlier this year when reports of rape were on the climb, Dr. Anthony commented, recommending to Acting Commissioner, Errol Alexander, that a special unit be established within the Royal St. Lucia Police Force to investigate rape cases and to also build a database that stores DNA evidence to determine whether some of these cases are being committed by repeat offenders.
“We have serial rapists at large,” he said.
He expressed his wish that the intended reopening of the Forensic Laboratory, under new management would better assist police in conducting investigations and testing DNA samples. He however stressed that the first most important reaction is that people of the public begin with reporting known sex offenders.