October 1, 2016

UGSS investigating gang-rape allegations

… urges rape victim to come forward
… Police say no report made

By Devina Samaroo

The University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS) launched an investigation into the allegation of a gang-rape of a female student on campus on Friday evening.

UGSS President Joshua Griffith

UGSS President Joshua Griffith

However, Divisional Commander Marlon Chapman said he is unaware of the allegation, since no official report has been made. The student was allegedly drugged and raped by a group of male students, all of whom are suspected to be her friends.
Up to late Saturday evening, UGSS President Joshua Griffith told Guyana Times that they are still trying to verify the information since they have been getting inconsistent reports on the incident.

“It is very strange. Things are not adding up. Once we verify the information, we will be issuing a statement because based on all the discussions we’ve had so far, the stories seem not to be adding up,” Griffith stated.
Griffith declined to provide any further comment on the matter until more information becomes available. However, he emphasised that the incident, factual or fictional, points to the need for better security on campus.
“Security has always been a major concern on campus and we, the students, are always the ones who suffer and are affected more at the end,” he stated.
Moreover, Griffith is encouraging the victim to file a report with the Police.
“If this is a factual incident, then we fully support the victim coming out and making a Police report and anyone who may have information on this issue, if it verified, if it is a factual event, they should come forward,” he urged, noting that it would indeed be a tragic occurrence for the nation’s premier tertiary institution, if proven factual.
According to reports, a student overheard a group of male students explicitly describing how they committed the act. The student stated that he does not know the names of the male students; however, he knows their faces.

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