Liberian President George Weah has declared rape a national emergency and has ordered new measures to tackle the problem after a recent spike of cases in the poor West African state .
The moves comes after thousands of Liberians protested rising incidents of rape in the capital Monrovia last month , in a bid to draw attention to the country ’ s alarming rate of sexual assault .
Late on Friday, Weah said he would install a special prosecutor for rape in Liberia, as well as set up a national sex offender registry, a statement from his office said .
The government will also establish a so-called “ national security task force ” on sexual – and gender – based violence .
The high rates of rape in impoverished Liberia, forced to contend both with war and the Ebola virus in recent years , has been a longstanding concern .