Youth and Culture Minister, Lisa Hanna, says she’s outraged and deeply disturbed by the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl in Trelawny.
The Minister has described the incident as a vicious attack. She’s also outraged that a video of the incident was posted on social media. Her comments are contained in a statement issued today by the Child Development Agency, CDA.
Minister Hanna this afternoon declined a request from our news centre, for a telephone interview on the matter. She notes there’s not much for her to say at this time, as it’s a very delicate matter. But she told us that she’ll be visiting the victim sometime this week.
The CDA says the teen has been placed in residential care. The CDA says it stepped in immediately after the incident. It says it’s been facilitating care and protection as well as medical and psycho-social support to help in the recovery of the teenager.
In the meantime, it’s urging citizens with information on the matter to cooperate fully with the authorities. Meanwhile, the Police say three juveniles have already been detained in relation to the incident. The three are among at least seven males who were seen on the video perpetrating the assault.
Most of those seen in the video, appear to be teenaged boys. Head of the Trelawny Police, Superintendent Wilfred Campbell, says some of the suspects are being shielded by their parents. Superintendent Wilfred Campbell, Head of the Trelawny Police, speaking today on Nationwide This Morning. He also revealed this morning that the police are also investigating another sexual assault case involving the teenager.