Midlands province has recorded 405 sexual abuse cases since January, compared to 367 cases recorded during the same period last year.
Acting Midlands provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende said of the 405 cases of sexual abuse recorded since January, 281 were perpetrated on juveniles. She said the sexual abuse was sometimes perpetrated by relatives. Said Inspector Mukwende:
As Zimbabwe Republic Police, we have observed that rape cases occur at any time of the day in both urban and rural areas. Young girls and women are violated by close relatives or people they know and sometimes by strangers. These people take advantage of the trust bestowed upon them to abuse the vulnerable due to young age, mental illness or poverty. As such, the province recorded an increase in sexual offences reported between adults and juveniles. At least 94 reported cases against adults were reported in 2017 and 124 were recorded in 2018 the same period. Cases against juveniles also increased from 273 to 281 in 2017 and 2018 respectively.