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Former CISOCA head not aware of any actual cases

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Former head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) Superintendent Gladys Brown-Ellis said although the issue of corrective rape was brought to her attention by members of the lesbian and bisexual community, she had not come across any of these cases up to the point when she was transferred from the unit in late 2013.

"We had meetings with them, and they had pointed out to us that they had 'X' amounts of reports to them of people doing that to them because they want to straighten them out, and they have labelled it 'corrective rape'," said Brown-Ellis.

"I did not get any official report of anybody coming in to say I was raped because the man 'told me that he wanted to straighten me because I am a lesbian'," she said.

Brown-Ellis reasoned that the police cannot do anything about these cases unless they are reported.

"It is a choice that they have [to make], and they have decided not to pursue it through the courts, and we have to respect that, but until they report it, I doubt anything else can be done," she said.

Jamaica is currently observing the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, which started on November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - and will end on December 10 - International Human Rights Day.