There have been over 552 re­port­ed cas­es of sex­u­al of­fences in Trinidad and Tobago for the year with women mak­ing up the ma­jor­i­ty of the cas­es. Of these re­port­ed cas­es, 92 have been rape.

Speak­ing at a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion fair at City Gate, Port-of-Spain, which com­mem­o­rat­ed the 16 Days of Ac­tivism against gen­der-based vi­o­lence, Min­is­ter of State in the Of­fice of the Prime Minis­ter Ayan­na Web­ster-Roy revealed the fig­ures cit­ing of­fi­cial po­lice sta­tis­tics.

But the is­sue of gen­der-based vi­o­lence against women is not iso­lat­ed to T&T only as she al­so cit­ed World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion sta­tis­tics which show that one in three women around the world will experience some form of gen­der based violence in her life­time.

According to the Trinidad Guardian, she stated that vi­o­lence against women and girls, is one of the most wide­spread, per­sis­tent and dev­as­tat­ing hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in our world to­day adding that re­gret­tably, it re­mains large­ly un­re­port­ed due to the im­puni­ty, si­lence, stig­ma and shame sur­round­ing it.

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