The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has cautioned traditional media houses and social media users to desist from exposing the identity of a rape and robbery victim who bit off her rapist’s manhood.
A statement signed by sector minister Cynthia Mamle Morrison indicated that the constant publication and discussion of the issue in the media “will jeopardise her security, safety and the psychosocial support being given to her by the ministry.”
The ministry, therefore, appealed to all media houses and social media outlets to stop circulating, showing and exposing the victim’s face and identity.
“We, therefore, request that in the future, all media houses take note and avoid exposing the victims’ identity. They should cover or blur the faces of the victims to avoid re-traumatisation and re-victimisation of the victims,” the statement further read.
The 24-year-old victim in question was attacked on Saturday, 7 November 2020, around 2:00 am when the suspect, who was later identified as Emmanuel Arkon, broke into her room as she slept.
The suspect was armed with a knife.
The police said the suspect demanded sex amidst threats of stabbing her to death if she refused.
The victim gave in but had to fellate the suspect for an erection, and along the line, severed it with her teeth.
The suspect struggled with the victim and bit her back before she could make her way out to cry for help.
The suspect coincidentally sought medical care from AGA Hospital, the same facility where the victim had also gone for treatment.
The victim then raised an alarm, which led to the arrest of the suspect.
An Obuasi circuit court subsequently remanded the 23-year-old suspected armed robber.
He has been charged with robbery and rape.