Woman sexually assaulted during burglary

Police said yesterday that a woman was sexually assaulted inside her Marshall Road home during a burglary yesterday morning.

Shortly after 3 a.m., according to police, two men forced their way into the home on Marshall Road and robbed the residents of cash and personal items.

Police said one of the men sexually assaulted a woman during the incident.

No one else was injured during the burglary.

The men then fled the scene in a black 2014 Ford F-150 truck, police said.

The Nassau Guardian asked Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson if he thought rape is being underreported in The Bahamas.

“No, I do not have any concerns about the facts of underreporting,” Ferguson said.

“You know, I think people have got to respect people’s professions and stop speculating as to whether there is some underhand work.

“There’s no underhand. There’s no reason for underreporting.

“I expected the officers to attend these scenes to make the accurate report and I have every confidence that they are doing so.”

The Nassau Guardian clarified the question and asked the commissioner whether he believes some victims of sexual assault did not report their assaults in 2019.

He responded, “Well, obviously I would think that maybe, I cannot confirm whether or not persons are not reporting.

“I don’t want to go and say that things are happening and they are not reporting. That’s not for me to say. Let them say it themselves.”

There were significant decreases in sex crimes in 2019.

 According to Royal Bahamas Police Force crime statistics, there were was a 36 percent decrease in attempted rape, a 33 percent decrease in rape and a 14 percent decrease in unlawful sexual intercourse last year.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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