Friday, December 15, 2017

Police begin investigations


THE Children's Authority has begun interviewing a pregnant teenager who was allegedly raped repeatedly by her father and uncle.

The Express was told that the police officers who are involved in the investigation have begun conducting interviews with a view to building a case against the alleged rapists.

Two videos in which a 16-year-old girl who says she is pregnant after being raped multiple times by her father and his brother for the last eight years were uploaded to social media this week.

The teenager in disclosing details of the sexual abuse said after suffering years of sexual abuse from her father, she went to Tobago to live with her uncle, who also began raping her.

The Children's Authority has called the content of the video “disturbing”, and has said the Authority's Emergency Response Team was alerted and the Tobago branch of the Child Protection Unit was contacted to investigate the incident.

In the video the girl said she had told her mother and grandmother of the incidents, but both had accused her of lying.

She said the use of illegal drugs and alcohol was frequent at her house.

In the second video a man who identified himself as the girl's uncle said he was in love with his niece, with whom he is seen holding hands and sitting together.

The girl said she believes she is seven or eight months pregnant but was uncertain whether the father of her child is her father or her uncle.

The Authority appealed to adults not to dismiss children who report incidents of abuse, and reminded the public of the Authority's hotline at 996 or 800-2014.