National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere, has said that on the issue of rape, that there are a number of important issues that have to be addressed.
La Corbiniere told reporters that the substantive issue involved relates to violence against women, children and sometimes even men and boys.
“That is a social problem that has to be addressed,” the Minister asserted.
He observed that there was also a crime fighting dimension to rape.
La Corbiniere disclosed that the police have increased their patrols.
“In fact the Commissioner instituted a special patrol that is in some degree intelligence driven,” the Minister told reporters.
“I can say to you that very recently we have got another batch of forensic exhibits coming into Saint Lucia that has been tested. We are again continuing to ensure that we keep those batches going, but it is an ongoing fight. Crime is an ongoing fight.”
La Corbiniere asserted that like the rest of the Caribbean, Saint Lucia will experience a heightened sense of criminal activity over the next few years.
“We just have to be as proactive as we can, introduce the strategies that work and build on the strategies that work,” he said.
La Corbiniere spoke amid reports this week that two teenage girls were raped at gunpoint at Derek Walcott square.
The alleged incident occurred on Friday.
Saint Lucia has experienced a spate of incidents of rape in recent time, prompting Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony to declare in March this year that serial rapists are on the loose.