By Eric Gerlay (Intern)
The Chief of Staff of Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Major General Prince C. Johnson has described as troubling the alarming number of rape cases in the country, adding that there is a need to impose the death penalty for perpetrators.
Major General Johnson made the disclosure over the weekend when he served as a guest at an anti-rape program organized by madam MacDella Cooper in Monrovia. The program was held under the theme, “Say No to Rape Game Changers Event Program.”
“I know the international community doesn’t actually support these decisions. I think with the huge number of statistics we have on rape, there is a need that we revisit the issue of the death penalty for those who sexually abuse our women and girls in Liberia.”
The Chief of Staff said it is disheartening that some men, including security personnel, will even go to the extent to rape minors.
“It is saddening that a person who has been sexually abused will make a complaint to the police station, and someone from the security sector also abuses her instead of protecting her.”
Meanwhile, the Army Chief of Staff said the military will not tolerate rape issues and is, therefore, calling on all state actors including the police, families, traditional leaders and communities to take ownership of awareness and combating the issue rape in the country.
According to local media report, a review of statistics from the Bureau of Corrections at the Ministry of Justice for the months of January to June 2020 shows that more than 600 cases of aggravated assault, sodomy, sodomy with criminal intent and rape were reported and are currently being investigated.