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Shocking stats

Mere Naleba
Friday, November 16, 2012

A SURVEY conducted by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre last year revealed that 92.2 per cent of perpetrators in sexual violence cases are known to the victims.

The report also highlighted that 60.7 per cent of the cases that the organisation dealt with showed that the perpetrators were related to the victims.

"We need to create awareness for the vulnerable group in the society and also expose the perpetrators," said FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali. "We should work together with other relevant stakeholders in protecting the victims and not the perpetrators, like its happening now," she said.

Ms Ali said in most cases, the perpetrators took advantage of the trust placed on them by the victims.

She said this was evident in the centre's findings which showed that 31.5 per cent of the victims were under the category of "position of trust to victim".

The research showed that 21.1 per cent of sexual violence offenders were relatives of the victims, 15.8 per cent of cases FWCC dealt with were cases of where the perpetrators were the fathers of the victims.

It also showed that 10. 5 per cent of perpetrators were boyfriends while 7.9 per cent were acquaintances of victims.

"We should educate the women who are mostly victims in most sexual violence cases that they should speak out against such acts," said Ms Ali.

Ms Ali said services should be put in place that were easily accessed by victims who were vulnerable to sexual violence.