ACCORDING to statistics, 70 percent of rap_e is committed by someone the victim knows.
A Bulawayo woman from Cowdray Park suburb found out the hard way that this generalisation is true after her husband’s best friend grabbed and dragged her into a room where he rap_ed her as her daughter watched helplessly.
The se_xual assault happened this week on Wednesday shortly after 4pm.
A woman, who is close to the victim, told B-Metro that on the fateful day, the woman was caught unawares when her husband’s friend arrived at their home and asked to see her husband.
She told him that he was not around and he waited for him.
After about five minutes, the man allegedly grabbed the woman and dragged her into an empty bedroom. She reportedly screamed for help but that could not stop the man from rap_ing her.
While she was being se_xually attacked, her nine-year-old daughter, who had heard the cries turned up and saw her mother being se_xually attacked.
She made a U-turn and sprinted to inform a neighbour who quickly came, but the rap_ist had fled.
The concerned neighbour accompanied the victim to Cowdray Park police base to report the matter.
Police received a tip-off about where he was hiding and arrested him.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident. He expressed concern at the surge in rap_e cases in the city.
“It is worrying that rap_e cases are rising in the city. We are urging community members to report such cases even if the crime is perpetrated by a relative,” he said.
Meanwhile, Insp Ncube urged those who would engage in booze to be in the company of trusted people and never to use footpaths when going home.
He also urged community members never to board pirate taxis but to board Zupco buses.