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CISOCA, youth ministry to provide support for victims

Charlene Stuart, Gleaner Writer

A team from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), will be going to Irwin Point today, to assist its Montego Bay unit with their investigations into the rape of the five females.

Head of CISOCA, Superintendent Gladys Brown, has described the case as horrendous and something never seen before.

According to her, the five females were forced out of their home on Monday night and taken into nearby bushes, where three of them were raped.

Superintendent Brown said the other two were taken back to the house where they were also raped.

She said as her team prepares to head to St. James, she wants to reassure the family that no stone will be left unturned in trying to solve this case.

The police say a special team of investigators has been assigned to probe the incident and that they are collecting statements in the case.

In the meantime, Superintendent Brown said CISOCA will also be providing counselling to the 11-year-old St. Ann girl, who was molested and is believed to be pregnant for her grand uncle.

She said her team along with other governmental agencies will ensure that the family gets the support it needs at this time.

The 11-year-old was admitted to the St. Annís Bay Hospital on Monday.

Meanwhile, Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna Children is also condemning the rape of the five women and the sexual molestation of an 11 year-old girl allegedly by a family member in St. Ann.

Hanna has described the despicable act as an alarming new low of violence and human depravity on the part of the perpetrators.

She said even as the police do their work, members of the community must cooperate with the police by providing any information that can help bring the culprits to justice within the ambit of the law.

She has also called for community support for the victims and families affected.

Minister Hanna informed that the Child Development Agency, which falls within the portfolio of her ministry, has dispatched its officers and counsellors to the communities, to work with the police and the medical personnel providing care to the children.

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