Rape Bribery Backfires

MONROVIA-Six family members of Abraham Peters Alex, an alleged rape suspect are currently being investigated by the Liberia National Police team of investigators for allegedly trying to compromise the rape of a 21-year-old girl.

The six family members all women were arrested and forwarded to LNP for prosecution after failed attempts to bribe the officials of the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection Agency to save their son from accounting for his alleged action against the victim.

They offered Min Carr-Gaye a token of US$1,000 as a bribe to cover up the case and opted for settlement outside of the law.

They allegedly walked into the offices of the head of Operations of the Anti-Sexual Gender Base Violence Road Map, Madam Maminah Carr Gaye to bribe their relative way from Justice.

Assistant Gender Minister for Children Min. Carr-Gaye indicated in a recording that the action of the family is cruel as the pain on the survivor is not worth the bribe.

“Get out of my office and let’s proceed to the police station since you feel US$1,000 can bring the life of the girl to normal, especially with the pain she is going through, then you want to come to give money. This case will be the precedence case and we will prove to everyone that rape is a national emergency”, Min. Carr-Gaye said in the recording.

She emphasized that the family members of Alex were being recorded for the records to ensure their deeds are exposed to the public.

Min. Carr-Gaye expressed disappointment over what she termed as hypocrisy on some women advocate who accompanied the family members to compromise a rape case.

“I am really surprised that you can be the same people doing ‘women oh women’, but you are here at my office to compromise a rape case”, Min Carr-Gaye noted without mentioning the women advocate (s).

However, in the face of the bribery allegation, the alleged perpetrator is currently on the run as authorities at the Ministry of Gender and the Liberia National Police have vowed to search for him and ensure justice prevails.

As part of the SGBV task force, Min. Carr-Gaye and her team are rigorously in communities rescuing children from abuses, and other forms of violence against women and children.

The SGBV task force came as a result of the National Gender roadmap conference in which rape was declared a National emergency.

The 21-yr case is a part of several cases that have reached the roadmap call center for rescue.

A medical report revealed that the 21 years old was drugged; raped and sodomized, medical authorities say she needs proper care.

The 21 years old told the Gender Ministry team and Police that her aunty fiancé, Alex allegedly raped and sodomized her and that he was set free on bails at a local police station in Johnsonville.


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