File photo of a raped victim showing signs of withdrawal.
Nassau Bahamas – Police have yet to investigate a ‘statutory rape’ incident at the prestigious Queen’s College School on Village Road. The victim of the incident just 13 years old and the abuser of the crime is the 17 year old son of a Cabinet Minister who is about to graduate this June. Police have reportedly failed to even attempt to investigate the crime according to a parent, who said she will draw her 13 year old daughter from the school. The 17 year old Cabinet Minister’s son is said to be walking around campus ‘giving the other young girls the eye’ after a one week suspension (slap on the wrist punishment) by the principal.
“I cannot believe this could occur and now this is all out in the public eye, still there is no investigation by the police? Suppose this was my daughter you mean to tell me, the principal would attempt to cover that up? NO way! The irate mother said.
The young girl, being the victim in this incident is said to be under great pressure, being called names, whilst her 17 year old attacker lurks on the campus for another victim.
According to the laws of The Bahamas a 13 year old cannot consent to sex. And anyone under the age of 16 engaging in sexual activity by an older person, their attacker has committed ‘Statuary Rape’ whether consented or not. Further, anyone failing to report such crimes the law also punishes. For their failure to report an incident, the punishment of up to 2 years in jail can be ruled. (THE PRINCIPAL AT QUEEN’S COLLEGE AND ITS BOARD SHOULD READ THIS).
Bahamian police have failed to investigate the incident which occurred over one month ago, and are on record as saying, “we deal with official reports. We don’t start investigations based on hearsay or reports in the media.” Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Raymond Gibson said.
However the acting assistant commissioner has fail to note a clause in the force where a police can stop and investigate on suspicion alone. Could it be that police officers- particularly this senior officer not know their role in protecting the innocent in this society? PARTICULARLY A YOUNG, INNOCENT CHILD IN SCHOOL WHO IS BEING RAPED BY BIG GRAY MEN?
Again Bahamas Press calls on the government of The Bahamas, particularly the minister of national security Hon. Tommy Turnquest to act and investigate this latest crime of “STATUTORY RAPE” at Queen’s College on Village Road immediately. We also call for the principal, Ms Andrea Gibson to resign immediately! “FORTHWITH!” For failing to protect the young in this society, and for failing or refusing to report this matter to the police.
Bahamas Press ask all persons involved to act quickly and report the matter to the police by 12 NOON this Thursday May 15, 2008, failure to do so will result in the full disclosure with names, including the minister of the cabinet.