Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 13th 2014 Contents SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
Roger Kennedy, the husband of
a woman who was injured when
a metal beam fell on her while
she worked at a supermarket a
week ago, says his family is facing
victimisation by hospital staff.
Kennedy, speaking to the
Guardian yesterday, said he is no
longer being allowed to drop off
clothes and other items for his
wife, Sherry Davis, outside visiting
Davis, a 30-year-old mother of
two, was injured when a beam fell
over 25 feet from construction work
at Super Foods Supermarket in
Claxton Bay and hit her.
Her left arm was crushed and
she suffered cuts to her head and
Kennedy said she will remain in
hospital for another week, but may
not be able to work for the rest of
her life owing to the injury to her
"The nurses start getting on with
me, they saying I can t drop any-
thing for her until visiting hours
again," said a distraught Kennedy.
Kennedy a "PH" taxi driver,
revealed it has been difficult for
him to take care of his daughters,
work and visit his wife every day.
"It s only me and my mother.
She does take care of the girls in
the morning while I go drop off
the clothes for their mother. Then
I go out and work some taxi, go
back home, take care of the chil-
dren, go in the hospital and then
come back to cook."
He is claiming the victimisation
started after a follow-up on his
wife s condition was published in
Wednesday s Guardian.
"They asking what right I have
to put it in the papers, but I don t
understand what that have to do
He said the owner of the grocery
was also bashing them for going
to the media.
"He visited her, but all he talking
about is how this affecting him,
how people looking at him bad
because of this," he said.
While there was an increase overall
in sexual offences in 2014, there was
an actual decrease in rapes this year
compared to last year, Supt Joanne
Archie said there were 159 rapes
in 2014 and 202 in 2013 and the
police Crime and Analysis Problem
Agency (CAPA) was yet to analyse
how many were date rapes.
Noting that date rapes did take
place in T&T, she said the 159 rapes
reported included people being
assaulted while commuting, during
home invasions and by people known
Archie was responding to questions
on a statement by Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan that date rape was
a fact of life in T&T.
The AG, during debate on a bill
to monitor precursor chemicals used
in making narcotics, said there were
police reports of five cases of date
rape involving one or multiple part-
He said precursor chemicals had
been known to be used in date rapes
where the victim was drugged
through a drink given to her by
someone she knew while on a date
and she woke up the next morning
to realise she had been raped.
Archie said CAPA s statis-
tics showed an increase in
sexual offences in 2014.
She said there were 693
reports of general sexual
offences in 2014 compared to
531 in 2013.
The sexual offences for this
year include rape, attempted rape,
incest, sexual intercourse with minors
and indecent assault.
"Of the 693, 159 were rapes. But
the question of how many were date
rapes needs to be analysed further."
Head of the police Victims Support
Unit Margaret Sampson-Browne said
she had not seen an upsurge in date
"I would say not really. We have
not had frequent reports for the past
Sampson-Browne said guilt and
shame on the victim s part might be
responsible for infrequent reports.
"She feels she would be told, Why
did you go out with him? or, Why
did you accept the drink? "
She said the unit had previous
reports of date rapes involving ado-
Sampson-Browne echoed the AG s
warning to young people, especially
with Christmas around the corner
and Carnival following close behind.
"Women, and men, need to be
aware of their surroundings and who
their friends are. You can t just go
to a bar and jump into a lime."
She said, however, the real problem
centred on attacks on children.
"Our children are in crisis.
Adults have to protect chil-
dren from adults. Children
cannot make reports to the
Sampson-Browne said her
information was based on inter-
ventions made by the Victims Sup-
"Children are being sexually, phys-
ically and psychologically abused.
"There are 14- and 15-year-olds
giving birth to babies and cannot
remember the names of the father.
"There are children of separated
parents who are abused when they
go by the father and abused when
they go by the mother."
Sampson-Browne said even pre-
school teachers have asked the unit
to have sessions with their children.
She was also asked to respond to
head of the Central Division Johnny
Abraham s comment that sexual
offences were on the rise in Central.
Abraham said more victims were
coming forward because of increased
trust in the division s police.
Sampson-Browne said part of the
reason was that the unit also had
professionals working with the police.
"Once a report is made, profes-
sional interventions are made."
She said reports of rapes in the
Port-of-Spain area were not as fre-
quent as in outlying areas.
"But it does not mean it is not
"There are a lot of hurting women,
and men, out there who have been
violated by loved ones."
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Police Service reveal worrying statistics
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but more sexual offences
Woman injured by falling steel beam
Punished for speaking out
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