She further informed that men in the 30 to 40 age group are now targeting the 13 to 15 age group girls, while men 60 years and up are targeting the 11-13 year-old girls. In terms of carnal abuse, teenage boys are targeting girls 10 years and younger.
“It is important that we pay particular attention to the age group which we find to be the most vulnerable and since the beginning of 2011 we would have observed that the age group 11-15 years have been the main victims in most of these sexual offences,” she added.
The areas with the highest number of sexual offences in the Kingston and St. Andrew Region include: Harbour View, Bull Bay, Elletson Road, Denham Town, Hope Road, Stony Hill, Hunts Bay, Duhaney Park and Lawrence Tavern.
CISOCA is a branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and its objectives are: to create an atmosphere which will encourage victims to report incidents of sexual offences and child abuse; to ensure efficient and effective investigation into allegations of abuse; to enhance the rehabilitation of victims through counselling and therapy; and to conduct public education programmes on sexual offences and child abuse.
Areas named as popular spots for carnal abuse include Half Way Tree, Mannings Hill Road area and other main thoroughfare where teens and adults meet. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Ealan Powell said that given the sensitive nature of the cases and the fact that identification parades are necessary in most of the cases, the police are unable to issue photographs of the offenders.
“It is something we would like to do, but we have to exercise caution in order not to jeopardise the cases we have against these offenders,” ACP Powell said.
He explained that it is important to list the sexual offenders, as while there have been marginal declines in sexual offences since the start of the year, “we don’t want offenders, especially repeat offenders, to be on our streets."
The Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell who was also present said that in most of the cases, the police do not have a photograph of the sexual offenders, and that photographs will be available if the perpetrator is a repeat offender as he listed the names of the wanted persons.
20-year-old Anthony Hephard, otherwise called ‘Papa’; 17-year-old Everton McDonald; 20-year-old Anthony Kelly; 35-year-old taxi operator, Marvin Hawthorne; 23-year-old Dimitri Hyatt; 27-year-old Dwayne Francis; 18-year-old Michael McKenzie; 17-year-old Junior Daley; 24-year-old Phillip Parkinson; Remoll Wright; Junior Phipps; and Kimarley Kelleyman.
Of course intertwined in all of this are our same gender loving sisters who are the victims of corrective rape under the banner of gang rape as well where women are lured to meet fictitious persons from online social network sites like Facebook only to suffer at the hands of the perpetrators. CISOCA however is aware of the corrective type rapes in certain parishes on the strength of cases they were involved in. In a previous entry on this blog I covered extensively thanks to the persons involved corporation in shedding some light on this awful scourge on our same gender loving sisters
The issue also of privacy on the social networking sites and vigilance in who one engages on them was also looked at in that piece linked above, Please be careful friends.