Haiti police say 15 underage girls raped over two-month period
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The National Police of Haiti is reporting that s at least 15 underage girls were raped over a two-month period that ended on Tuesday.
The announcement by the police comes after more than 1,000 Haitians took to the streets of the capital last Sunday to denounce sexual violence in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.
The action followed the rape of two students by several gang members.
Deputy police spokesman, Garry Desrosiers, said that for the period March 20 to May 28, at least 22 women and girls including 15 being underage, were raped in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince.
Desrosiers, who urged victims to lodge complaints with the authorities, said that at least 10 arrests have been made so far.
But, a statement issued by activist, Pascale Solages, said the number of reported rapes represents only a minority of victims.
According to the activist, at least 10 rapes are committed every day in Haiti.
Speaking following the march on Sunday where the protesters wore white, Solages said “rape is becoming a form of repression against women in working-class neighbourhoods and in universities across the country.”
In 2017, the Ministry of Health released a survey saying one in every eight women had reported experiencing sexual violence at some point in their lives.