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Rape reports rise

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, February 09, 2013

THE Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC) maintains there has not been a great increase in the number of rape cases in the country, but rather an increase in reporting of such incidents.

This was stated by organisation director Shamima Ali this week after a police statement revealed that so far this year, 50 cases of rape have been reported.

"I don't believe there is a great increase, we have always maintained an increase in reporting due to more awareness in society," Ms Ali said.

She said individuals, society and communities all made efforts to help increase awareness of rape.

"Communities taking responsibility, better police responses, government programs, protective legislation, and to a large extent consistent and extensive work by FWCC," Ms Ali said.

"And it is great that people have the confidence to report. Now we have to target prevention strategies."

According to a police statement issued on Wednesday, the latest rape case involved a 70-year-old man and a 10-year-old girl.

"It is alleged the victim was sent on an errand by her father to get something from their own house," said the statement.

"While the victim was searching for the item, the 70-year-old suspect entered and allegedly raped the victim."

Police statistics confirm the number of reported rape cases from January stand at 50.

Central Division recorded one, the Northern Division 13, Eastern Division 11, Southern Division 12 and Western Division now 13.