Lieutenant General Sebastian Haitota Ndeitunga, the Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force today inaugurated the upgraded Offices of the Khomas Gender-Based Violence Protection Unit which serves as a fortress for women, men and children who fall prey to physical, emotional or sexual and or sexual abuse.
Speaking at the occasion, Ndeitunga said that sexual abuse in particular appears to be the main cause of great distress in the Namibian communities.
According to statistics, a total of 1063 rape cases were reported in 2016. These sexual assault crimes however climbed even more higher in the year 2018, with 1121 people raped in Namibia.
The study also revealed that Nampol recorded 26 rape cases of minor males while the number for minor females was much higher with 474 under aged girls raped in the country during 2018.
Ndeitunga further stated that a brief analysis of statistics per region on reported rapes from April, May and June this year 2019 revealed that during that period, rape cases were most widespread in the Oshikoto, followed by Khomas, Omusati , Oshana and the Ohangwena Region.
“From the above statistics, it is evident that more concerted efforts need to be made towards combating rape in our country, particularly efforts aimed at fighting the violation of minor children.”Ndeitunga said.
The General further stated that before the establishment of the GBV unit, the lack of privacy and an improper environment for traumatized survivors of abuse contributed to some women and children being reluctant to report to the police the violence or abuse they suffered.
General Ndeitunga said that the questioning of traumatized victims requires ample time and propitious environment for police officers to compile a comprehensive report on the crime committed.
“As you may know, the Gender-Based Violence Protection is a specialized unit of the Namibian Police force which is required to prevent, detect, handle and investigate all crimes committed against all victims of domestic violence on the basis of the rape act, 2000 (Act No. 8 of 2000), the domestic violence act, 2003 act no.4 of 2003 and the child care and protection act 3 of 2015. “ Ndeitunga summarized.