MOST sexual offences committed against children transpire within the home environment, says Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Unit officer North acting Corporal Vasemaca Ralaca.
Speaking at a youth workshop, Corporal Ralaca said they had traced a trend where children were now being attacked more in their homes.
"We are talking about close family members who are supposed to be offering these children strength and moral support," she said.
"The Fiji Police Force is working towards reducing violence against women and children by 10 per cent.
"From 2008 to 2012, the North recorded a total of 133 cases of sexual offences against children between the ages of six and 17 years old."
Cpl Ralaca said the figures were alarming and that the force had established a no drop policy to address these type of cases. "Police officers are now expected to process cases of sexual offences and violence against women and children within 24 hours.
"Therefore, all cases reported to any police station must be dealt with immediately to ensure that the abuse and the extent of the crime do not continue.
"We are appealing to people as we do in our campaigns to come forward and report any form of abuse that they may be going through."
Cpl Ralaca said no one had the right to sexually exploit children or any other person for that matter.