Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, has recommended victims of rape to preserve the original scene of the crime.
Mba made this known while speaking at the UN Spotlight Initiative Town Hall on Violence Against Women. He stressed that the move is necessary to enable investigators effectively and successfully prosecute cases of rape and other forms of violence in the country.
“In every case of rape, there are fundamentally two scenes of crime – the body of the woman that has been raped as well as the physical location where this assault took place.
“These two scenes of crime must be preserved. Once we fail in preserving them, we run into fundamental problems with the investigations,” he said.
“It is also important that you maintain the physical scene of a crime. Do not tamper with anything, do not try to make the bed, don’t dispose of the condom if the person used condom while sexually assaulting you.
“If you suspect you were drugged or your drink was laced with any substance, please do not dispose of the remnant of the drink whether it is yoghurt, Ribena, coke or wine.
“Leave those things for us. When we come, we know how to pick them up no matter how disorganised the room is,” he said.
In the same vein, the minister for women affairs, Pauline Tallen, has called for an end to the rising cases of rape and other forms of violence against women and girls in the country. While condemning the act, she declared that further violent cases were ‘unacceptable’.
She, however, urged victims to speak out in order to end the scourge of violence against the female gender that would serve as a strong warning to others.