National Coordinating Director for Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), Chief Superintendent Owusuaa Kyeremeh has revealed that rape cases are recorded on daily basis at their outfit.
Speaking on Nkwa Hia, a health talk show on Adom TV with host, Afia Amankwaah Tamakloe, Owusuaa Kyeremeh revealed that although rape and defilement cases, on the average, have been decreasing over the years, the daily reports do not augur well for the country.
Giving the statistics, the Coordinator said rape cases recorded, increased from 451 in 2015 to 497 in 2016 whereas defilement cases dropped from 1630 in 2015 to 1341 in 2016.
She said sexually assaulted victims should report to DOVVSU immediately, for quick action.
“The law does not permit that rape cases be resolve at home so sexually assaulted victims should not delay in reporting to either DOVVSU or the hospital with all evidence they possess so prosecution can be carried out easily and can be dealt with effectively”, she advised.
Owusuaa Kyeremeh also advised that mothers desist from shouting at their children to help create a good relationship with their kids so they may be able to confide in them.
According to her, such an environment will make children give out any information on anything untoward that may transpire in the absence of parents, especially mothers who leave their children in the care of relatives and neighbours when going to work.
She said rape victims need emotional and psychological support, something that must be a collective responsibility, cautioning that people desist from judging rape victims because that can seriously affect them and when care is not taken, cause them to end their lives.