Friday, August 24, 2012

Cyprus: Russian Tourist, 32, Alleges Rape Against Local She Met in Limassol Nightclub

An unidentified Greek Cypriot, 47, was arrested and remanded yesterday (August 23) in Limassol after a Russian tourist, 32, filed a complaint against her assailant for raping her repeatedly after she met him in a nightclub in Yermasoyia on Wednesday night (August 22).

COMMENT: Following her complaint to police, the victim was examined by a state pathologist who confirmed that the injuries she sustained from the experience were consistent with forcible rape. 

Subsequently, based on the woman's description of her assailant, an arrest warrant was issued and the man was taken into custody.

Yermasoyia is a small town on Greek Cyprus' southern coast (near Limassol) with significant history going back to the Roman period. The village was fortified in the medieval period by the Knights Templar. Today, it is one of the countless charming Cypriot towns that attracts tourists from all over the world.

As I have said on several occasions in the past, incidents of sexual assault and rape have been rising in Cyprus over the last few years with solo travelers often being targeted because of their vulnerability. 

Clearly, traveling with a friend and having a suspicious nature contribute to one's overall sense of personal security awareness.

Leaving a nightclub with a person one has just met can only be described as risk-rich behavior that may well result in being victimized. 

It is far more prudent for tourists and travelers to find out more about people they have just met before permitting themselves to be placed in a vulnerable situation that may jeopardize their well-being.