Five males are now in police custody in relation to the incident in which a 17-year-old girl was videoed being sexually assaulted in bushes in Trelawny.
Head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart said moments ago that of the five males, all but one, are younger than 18 years old. She appealed to men to leave young girls alone, adding that preying on young women is "unacceptable". The superintendent said, if it continues, the future will be filled with several traumatised women.
"We are coming after them," Superintendent Ross-Stewart charged.
Following the incident, which saw the video being circulated on social media, the teen was placed in residential care by the Child Development Agency. The CDA has also been facilitating care and protection as well as medical and psycho-social support to aid in the child’s recovery.
The video depicting the teen being assaulted by a group of males has been circulating on social media.
According to CDA, Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna has been kept up-to-date and is very active in the matter, in an effort to protect the best interest of the child.
“I am outraged and deeply disturbed by this vicious attack against a child, and the posting of the act on social media,” the minister said.
The CDA also urged all well-thinking residents to take a stand to report all known or suspected cases of child abuse to the authorities and to isolate and expose abusers.