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Shocking claims of rape at care centre

2012-10-10 08:24

Bloemfontein - Shocking allegations of regular rape and abuse of residents at a Free State care centre have surfaced after a workshop there.

Police held an information session on sexual abuse at the centre after a man was raped by another resident at the centre, reported Volksblad.

Police heard that stronger (less disabled) residents were asked to help out with duties such as bathing those who were more severely disabled as there was a staff shortage.

The “stronger” residents were accused of raping the residents they were supposed to help care for.

After the session more incidences of rape were reported. Police were now investigating these.

The 30-year-old rape victim, who has Down’s syndrome, was so badly injured during the rape earlier this year that he required hospitalisation for three days.

His parents said the incident was not reported to police and he was not taken to a doctor after the alleged attack.

They only heard about the incident when other residents informed them.  

The alleged rapist would not be prosecuted because he was mentally disabled and could not be held accountable.

He was no longer living at the centre.

The care centre’s head didn’t want to comment and said the incident was being investigated.

Comments
  • ahemsurferosa - 2012-10-10 08:27

    OMG

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-10 08:45

      OMG indeed. This is just despicable. Absolutely no stone should be left unturned in this investigation. Heads must roll. Grrrr!

  • christo.hyman - 2012-10-10 08:36

    Neglected…the staff responsible for these people should be charged.

  • tshegorapoo - 2012-10-10 08:41

    Excuse the pun, but this is all MADNESS!!!

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-10-10 08:43

    animals don't even do this to each other!?

  • Mzwandile - 2012-10-10 08:45

    Even the disabled, I rest my case.

  • melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-10-10 08:45

    sick muther fluckers! geesh but this world is in a sad state!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-10 09:13

      Melanie cool it somewhat as you are making yourself vulnerable for personal attacks by promiscuous beings.

  • rachael.vs.1 - 2012-10-10 08:53

    Eish

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-10 08:56

    disgusting.. what happened 2 humanity ?

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-10 09:11

      Humanity has gone insanity .This is a classic example of what what happens if people are protected by laws for their promiscuous behavior.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-10-10 09:10

    This is so sick!!! The people in charge of this centre should be charged and severely punished!!!

  • dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-10-10 09:16

    Surely if you are in a care centre, you are there to be cared for as you are unable to care for yourself and would be unable to care for somebody else. Looks like the staff in this institution also need to be cared for as they clearly can't make educated decisions.

  • njdejager - 2012-10-10 09:25

    Fire the care centre manager as well as all staff involved. At least thats a start. Sick individuals

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-10 09:37

    Direct result from despicable AA & BEE EE appointments and cadre strangulation of South Africa. There must be HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS in all townships and both "black & white skwattakamps to use SA's proud non racial terminology" that are qualified and want jobs but are constantly denied them through cadre inefficiency all stemming from this RACIST political populism call for retributive racial policies - affecting productivity and quality of life especially of those needing the greatest care. Sorry - this ANC has FAILED terribly in every sphere except THEFT OF PUBLIC FUNDS where Nkandlagate has proven just how underhanded and anti democratic thieves they are!

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-10-10 09:37

    Where are the leaders in this country - no matter what level of institutions no one seems to be in charge. So it seems no one then takes resonsabilty!!! These people need dedicated care not a place run by hooligans and rapists. This is where cameras should be deployed not to watch the patients but to watch the useless staff!

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-10-10 10:03

    No care at the 'care' centre!

  • lucille.jeffries - 2012-10-10 10:20

    What is happening to our world? The so called "Care Center" should be charged with negligence:( and maybe even shut down.

  • lielie.smit - 2012-10-10 10:28

    bloody hell!!!!!

  • melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-10-10 10:41

    @gieljam.....thanks dad!

  • snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-10-10 11:05

    I'm sorry, but if the alleged rapist was retarded enough to rape, then he is retarded enough to be held accountable. My goodness! Speechless

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-10-10 11:47

    How convenient that he is not staying their anymore and cannot be held accountable for his actions due to mental disability, while the care centre's Head should be held responsible as she / he has put the safety and security of the residents at risk, due to shortage of staff, giving the rapist the power to do what ever he pleases under the "have to help because stronger act". How sick and irresponsible does this Centre Head want to be (as these "helpers" has got NO experience or the know-how or medical qualifications in order to assist fellow residents). Or is it perhaps a family member / close friend / well known "resident". One can only wonder.

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