The Human Services and Social Security Ministry is planning to establish a special unit to handle reports of rape and domestic violence in Guyana.
These types of criminal offences, according to Minister Jennifer Webster will have specially trained investigators to deal with the victims.
It was noted that the unit will work in close collaboration with the Guyana Police Force and upon reporting an incident; the victim will be placed in a special room, with all the key participants, including a medical examiner.
“What we’re planning really to do here is to have the child who is abused, the stakeholders, the police, the social worker all at one place, work with the child, do the reports up and forward it to the relevant authorities so that the child does not need to go through the process over and over,” Minister Webster said.
Webster further explained that the idea was being considered for some time now. “We feel it’s important that we have a special unit to deal with sexual and child abuse investigations and to have a special trained and dedicated cadre of investigators to address intensely the personal and emotionally charged situations.”
The entire idea would be to create an encouraging atmosphere where victims can come forward and report incidents of sexual offences and abuse. The unit will also have a support system for victims of rape. Over the past years, there has been an alarming rise in the number of crimes of this nature.
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