VARIOUS sexual offences targeting young women have increased in the country.
Confirming this yesterday, Fiji Police Force director legal Superintendent of Police Sakeo Raikaci said the vulnerable age group of women targeted by perpetrators were from 14 to 24 years.
Superintendent Raikaci said the high number of young women being sexually abused were from the Southern, Eastern and Western divisions.
"The main reason behind the increase is negligence (on the parents' part)," he said.
SSP Raikaci said most parents were unaware of their children's whereabouts.
"Most parents are not getting their priorities right. Often they are seen drinking grog or socialising and when something happens to their children they blame the police," he said.
SSP Raikaci said the number of young girls falling victims to sexual abuse could decrease if parents were more responsible.
Meanwhile, the Fiji Police Force has signed a memorandum of agreement with Medical Services Pacific yesterday that will help elevate the standard of treatment for victims of sexual offences.