ABOUT 350 sexual criminal cases were recorded in the Southern Division in the first quarter of this year, according to police.
Spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri 253 were recorded in the West, 138 in the Eastern Division, the North had 122 cases and the Central Division recorded 116 cases.
"Out of these cases, 13 are relationship-related where the perpetrators are known to the victims," Inspector Sokomuri said.
"Of these cases, 17 were of rape and attempted rape in the Southern Division, nine were for indecently annoying any person, 13 were recorded for the defilement of girls between 13-16 years and 331 cases were for others against public morality.
"The Northern Division recorded the most number of rape and attempted rape cases which was 19, six were for indecently annoying any person, five cases were for defilement of girls between 13-16 and 84 cases were others against public morality."
He said the West recorded 16 rape cases, 18 were for indecently annoying any person, six cases were recorded for defilement of young girls and 181 cases were for other sexual-related offences.
Inspector Sokomuri reiterated the need for respect in our societies, particularly towards women and children. He said such offences would not be tolerated and those found would be taken to task.