Girl (14) writes letter to a neighbour to report rape

Theresa Zibowa

Chikomba—A-14-year old girl who was allegedly raped by her biological father on several occasions wrote a letter and tucked it under the door of a neighbour to report her ordeal to the police.
The girl from Plot 18, Longlands in Beatrice, could not muster enough courage to tell her mother about the rape cases.
The neighbour is a community child care worker.

The accused and the daughter’s names cannot be released to protect the underage complainant from stigmatisation.
Mashonaland East police spokesperson Simon Chazovachiyi confirmed the case to The Mirror and appealed for the members of the public not to trust anyone on matters of sexual abuse.

Sources said that sometime in 2021, the complainant who is the biological daughter of the accused was watering the garden with her brother. The accused came to the garden and ordered the brother to go back home and prepare some food.
He then ordered the complainant to remove her clothes and lie on the ground, and she complied. The accused removed his trousers and raped the complainant once. The complainant cried for help, but no one came to her rescue. She did not disclose the matter to anyone.

The accused continued to rape the complainant on different occasions. The matter came to light on June 30, 2022, when the complainant wrote a letter and tucked it under the door of her neighbour, a female community child care worker.
On July 2, 2022, the community child care worker interviewed the complainant who then narrated the ordeal to her. The neighbour then escorted the complainant to report the matter at ZRP Beatrice leading to the arrest of the accused person.

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