The Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, CISOCA, says there’s no increase in reported cases of breaches of the Sexual Offences Act for 2020 when compared to the same period last year in Kingston and St Andrew.

The figures indicate that between January 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 there were 254 cases reported to CISOCA .

March 2020 has seen one less case reported to the Unit when compared to the same period last year.

Head of CISOCA Senior Superintendent Charmaine Shand says there’s been a reduction in reported cases between March 10 and 31, 2020 compared to the same period last year.

She notes that’s a reduction of about 40% or 17 less reported incidents.

Jamaica recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 10, 2020.

Between March 10 and March 31 the centre recorded 12 fewer cases of rape with 8 reported incidents for the period this year compared to the similar period last year.

There was 1 more reported case of indecent assault  for the period bringing the total to 2 or 100 per cent more reported cases when compared to the same period last year.

And reported cases of Sexual touching for the period went up by 50 per cent or 1 more report over the corresponding  period for last year.

All other categories to include Greivous Sexual Assault, Buggery and Cruelty to Child saw major declines for the period this year, when compared to last year. 

Previously, some experts had suggested the need for heightened monitoring of sexual offences and related cases given that more people are staying at home and may be in closer proximity to their abusers due to Covid 19 restrictions.

Meanwhile, SSP Shand says detectives continue to serve the public on a 24 hour basis and she also says their office remains open and fully functional.

SSP Shand’s expecting a complete assessment of reported sexual offences and child abuse cases for all parishes later this week.