Police Report Spike In Date Rape

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Responding to the recent rape incidents recorded countrywide over the festive holidays, the police have expressed concern over the increase in rape cases. Furthermore, they urge members of the public to work with them to curb the rape scourge.

Police said women live in deep fear of rapists as demonstrated by the statistics already being recorded. The Botswana Police Service’s public relations officer, superintendent Jayson Chabota told The Monitor that everyone has the right to live freely, but that seems not to be the case anymore.

Chabota said from December 21, 2018 to January 3, 2019 they recorded 109 rape cases and are worried that the upward trend may get out of control if not addressed.  In 2016 the police recorded 138 cases of rape that entire year, but shockingly at the end of 2017, a total of 110 cases were recorded in a space of just two weeks from December 18, 2017 to January 3, 2018.

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