Friday, September 12, 2008

Where reporters and police disagree

Police on Linden hospital attack: The police are investigating a robbery under arms that occurred about 0115h. today [Thursday] at the Wismar Hospital Complex, Blue Berry Hill, Wismar , during which two female nurses attached to the hospital were attacked and robbed by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun. One of the victims was also sexually assaulted during the incident.

Stabroek News' Cathy Wilson on Linden Hospital attack: A nurse was on Wednesday night attacked and raped by an armed man at the Upper Demerara Hospital at Wismar, while her colleague was forced to watch.

Legally, there might be no distinction between rape and sexual assault.
Sexual assault has a more broad definition that includes any unwelcome sexual contact, either direct or through clothing, which is committed by threat, force, or without the consent of the other person. The police appear to have dressed over this incident, leaving citizens to believe that the nurse in question was merely fondled or as they say in Guyana "feel up".

What is the police hiding or why is the police seeking to downplay the seriousness of the crime committed. According to an analogy made very popular by Barack Obama, you can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig. In this case, the police is trying to blind us with lipstick.

Perhaps, just perhaps, Miss Wilson's report is not factual.

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