THE number of sexual violence reports in general and particularly against children in Fiji has skyrocketed, according to statistics released by the country’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) office. This year alone has seen 112 cases of children under 18-years-old being victims of rape and sexual abuse. Jarring statistics have also come to light in a report prepared under the Fiji Health Sector Support Programme (FHSSP) late last year, revealing 14,052 sexual offences reported to police between 2011 and 2015 involving adolescents.
This included 1259 rapes of girls and 212 rapes of boys under the age of 18. The report also noted a dramatic increase of rape of younger children aged between 6 and 12 years old age group from 146 victims in 2014 to 166 victims in 2015. These alarming figures no doubt leads one to question the surge of cases flooding Rise in sex crimes in Fiji media reports and with that, the current state of society when it comes to protecting children.
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