Crystal Harrison & Livern Barrett, Star Writers
The police have confirmed that they have now received a statement from the male jogger who was allegedly buggered by armed men in Queen Hill, St Andrew, close to two weeks ago.
Police sources said that the man gave a statement and the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) is leading the investigation.
The source also pointed out that they are also investigating a second incident, where it is alleged that a young boy was abducted and buggered in the same area.
It was recently reported that the male jogger was found naked by a group of persons with his hands and feet bound.
The incident gained a lot of traction in the media and widespread speculation that the male jogger wouldn’t come forward to the police due to the stigma and shame attached to it.
There were also rumours that the jogger attempted suicide. The police, however, said that it remains a speculation that the man attempted to jump from a building at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).
Psychologist Dr Leahcim Semaj said males would be more reluctant to report being buggered, as it is a major form of embarrassment.
“Rape is the ultimate form of embarrassment and to report it is another level of embarrassment because some of these males run the risk of being ridiculed. These men are concerned about reporting these things to persons who are not trained to deal with sensitive and confidential issues. Rape is an act of violence, but it’s more humiliation and it puts men in a situation that is very hard to recover from,” Semaj said.
For more rape victims to come forward, especially men, Semaj said that it must be clear in persons minds that there are systems to handle matters of confidentiality.
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