Women's Issues In Guyana

Rapists target 12-14 the most

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on July 30, 2007
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Kaieteur News – July 30, 2007

A statistical report from Help and Shelter has shown that children between 12 and 14 years of age make up the majority of rape victims.

Help and Shelter has seen a total of 25 rape victims between January and June this year and 11 of those were between 12 and 14 years.

Information compiled has revealed that rape is more prevalent among the 6-8, 9-11, 15-17 and 21-30 age groups.

From January to June, Help and Shelter has seen no rape victims under six years, one person in the 18 to 20 age group, and another between 31 and 40 years.

From January to June, the non-governmental organisation has not been approached by any rape victims between 41 and 60 plus.

However, since the Help and Shelter was established in 1995 to June this year, they have seen a total of 378 rape victims.

Of those, rape is still more prevalent among the 12 to 14 age group with 103 persons approaching the agency.

Since 1995, Help and Shelter has seen 26 rape victims under the age of six; 46 in the 6 – 8 age group, 74 in the 9 – 11 age group, 61 between the age of 15 and 17, 23 persons in the 18 – 20 bracket, 29 in the 21 – 30, and 10 between 31 and 40.

The lowest numbers are persons above the age of 41 with a total of four victims in that age range approaching Help and Shelter.

Senior Public Education Officer at Help and Shelter, Dennis Cuffy Jr., said that 80 per cent of rapes are not reported because of the stigma attached.

Meanwhile, a host of men have appeared in court for this year alone on carnal knowledge charges.

Several victims wind up becoming pregnant for their attackers.

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