The President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Anthony Forson Jr., has denied raping a Canada-based lawyer, Kuukuwa
A formal criminal police complaint has been made against Mr Forson in Washington DC, USA, for the rape incident, which the victim said occurred at a hotel in the city in 2012.
“He maintains that the allegations are palpably false and in due course, he will be vindicated,” a statement from his lawyers said.
“Mr. Forson sincerely and emphatically denies that he has committed any such offence against the said Miss Kuukuwa Andam.”
Kuukuwa Andam recounted the alleged incident in a Facebook post on Monday, garnering some empathy as well as criticism from the public.
She was pursuing a masters degree at Cornell University and in a relationship with Mr. Forson when the said incident occurred.
According to her, Mr. Forson raped her after she refused to have sex without a condom.
“Yesterday, I filed a criminal complaint with the Washington DC Police Department against the current President of the Ghana Bar Association for a rape that occurred in the US in December 2012, and the perpetrator was Anthony Forson Jnr who is currently the President of the Ghana Bar Association. The investigation is pending and if the case is cleared, charges will be filed against him,” she began her post.
Kuukuwa Andam also recounted the mental toll the ordeal had on her, revealing she was hospitalized for psychiatric care.
“I was put on anti-depressants which I had to swallow for years because of what Tony did to me. 4 years later in 2016, I would attempt to commit suicide again this time at Queen’s University because I still could not get over what Tony did to me.”
She told Citi News that she shared her story after receiving treatment for the trauma she suffered because she wants to encourage other victims who want to seek justice.
Kuukuwa Andam also alleged that her former boss, Selasi Kofi Fumey, who was then the Acting Deputy Director of Legal Aid Ghana, also raped her when she was a National Service Person.
She said she was unable to come out immediately to report the abuse because she was scared to go against powerful men or face stigma from society.
source: citi newsroom