Rape victims should not suffer in silence – Police

17 May 2018 16:00pm

Nampol Spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi has advised men who have been raped by the same gender or women to not suffer in silence but to open a case whenever necessary.

Speaking to The Villager, Shikwambi said that there are people who have fallen victims to rape but not comfortable enough to come forward.

“We get reports on male being raped but not so often, I remember early this year, a man was raped by a woman. It is not something new but I repeat, everyone has the right to liberty,” she said.

She further told this publication that the police will continue protecting those who are violated against their will.

She also emphasised that it is never too late to open a case against any form of rape that took place.

According to research, a total of 122 rape cases were reported in the country in less than four months in 2013.

While statistics obtained from the Namibian Police the same year, revealed that national rape cases increased by 75 to 197 cases between 16 April and 9 September and the rape figures stood at an already alarming 122 cases across the country between the first week of January to 15 April 2013. This amounts to a 61% increase.