Fiji Time: 1:29 PM on Saturday 10 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Child abuse up

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, August 08, 2014

CHILD abuse cases in Fiji have increased from 168 in the first quarter of this year to 172 in the last three months.

This was revealed to community gatekeepers and representatives at the Women and Children's Summit in Suva yesterday.

Social Welfare Ministry assistant director child services Ela Tukutukulevu in her presentation at the Studio 6 Apartments in Suva said of all these abuse cases, sexual abuse topped the list with 59 cases.

This, she said was followed by 34 teenage pregnancy cases, 33 child neglect cases and 18 physical abuse cases.

There were three cases of children who were victims of parental conflict, two of attempted suicide while 23 cases were on other forms of abuse.

"The numbers might not be big but they are a concern to the ministry, especially on teenage pregnancy — one of the main increasing forms of abuse," Ms Tukutukulevu said.

"These are only reported cases and we may not have received others that may be happening around the country. "It is important that everyone understand the importance of child protection as it is a national obligation and we all have an important role to play to protect our Fijian children."

The summit was attended by communities that have been declared violence free against women and children.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61820.5992
JPY 57.502354.5023
GBP 0.30880.3008
EUR 0.42110.4091
NZD 0.71840.6854
AUD 0.65730.6323
USD 0.47680.4598



Exchange Rate updated on 9th October 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Konrote for President
  2. Tough walk
  3. 'Move Fiji forward'
  4. Stand tall, proud
  5. Sand dunes training for the national 7s squad members
  6. Call to be 'relevant'
  7. Fiji Day celebrations focus on children, youths
  8. Police boss refutes radio claim
  9. Elderly not forgotten on Independence Day
  10. Clustered farming way forward

Top Stories this Week

  1. Rugby outcry Monday (05 Oct)
  2. Fisherman has whale of a day Tuesday (06 Oct)
  3. Family robbed, fear for lives Monday (05 Oct)
  4. Mum upset Wednesday (07 Oct)
  5. The murders and tragedies of Vatuwaqa Tuesday (06 Oct)
  6. Death classified as unnatural Thursday (08 Oct)
  7. FRCA duo sent home Wednesday (07 Oct)
  8. Sex offenders top list, taxpayers foot $15,660 per day Tuesday (06 Oct)
  9. Ganilau a nominee Thursday (08 Oct)
  10. Fiji thrash Uruguay 47-15 Wednesday (07 Oct)