NINETEEN defilement cases were recorded in the Northern Division from January to August this year.
This was revealed by the divisional police commander Northern SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau at the Vodafone corporate philanthropy seminar in Savusavu over the weekend.
He said many defilement victims were primary and secondary school students.
"Some cases are only reported when the victims are pregnant or after they attend an awareness program," SSP Lutunacaucau said.
"Some of the relationships are through mutual consent but victims are usually under the age of 18. This is because most of them lack the understanding of existing laws or basically because of their ignorant attitude."
SSP Lutunacaucau said the police would also consider the possibility of charging parents for negligence through the Director of Public Prosecution's sanction.
"A woman in the North is the first to be charged by police for parental negligence under the new crimes decree. That is how serious the police are looking at protecting vulnerable persons in our communities."
The North has also recorded two cases of sexual assault, 12 abduction cases and 11 indecent assault cases from January to August this year.