CLOSE relatives continue to be the main perpetrators of sex crimes against children.
And as the Western Division continues to register an increasing number of rape cases, police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro reveals there is also an increase in abuse against children between the ages of 13 and 16.
Ms Naisoro said 25 rape and attempted rape cases were recorded in the Western Division in just two months, October and November.
There were nine cases of defilement of a girl between 13 and 16 years compared to the six received during the same period last year.
"It is sad that rape cases continue to rise despite numerous awareness and educational campaigns through the media," she said.
"It is also hurting to see that most perpetrators are close relatives of the victims.
"The increase in sex abuse cases is also the result of the many women and girls who have willingly come forward to report. But again, women and girls play a crucial part in the family and it is therefore our duty and responsibility to protect and look after them."
Ms Naisoro has also called on parents to supervise their children during the holidays.
"Children should not be left on their own and parents must assign a trusted person to supervise them in their absence."