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Sexual violence doubles

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, April 07, 2014

SEXUAL violence, harassment and child abuse reports have doubled in the first quarter of this year, compared with complaints lodged for the same period in 2012 and 2013, says the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre.

Citing an analysis of data collected over the past few years, centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said the statistics were alarming.

"From January to March in 2012 and 2013, there were five cases of rape each reported to the FWCC but in the first quarter of this year that figure moved up to 10," she said.

Ms Ali said what was disturbing was the fact that perpetrators of rape and sexual violence were people known to or related to the victims and those who were entrusted with duty of care.

"In 2012, the perpetrators included a father, a workmate, two were bosses and one was an acquaintance of the victim.

"Of the five perpetrators last year, one was an uncle, a brother in law, a friend, a husband and a boyfriend.

"Of the 10 rape cases reported to the FWCC in the first quarter of this year, one perpetrator was a workmate, three were neighbours, one was a boyfriend, one was an acquaintance, two were fathers-in-law, one was an ex-boss and one was a teacher."

Ms Ali said there were 14 child abuse reports for the first quarter of the year, up from 13 last year and seven in 2012.

"This is a shame and a reflection of a society that betrays the trust of its young ones over and over again."

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