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Sexual abuse of kids

Vishaal Kumar
Monday, February 05, 2018

SAVE the Children (SC) Fiji CEO Iris McKenzie says the continuous occurrence of sexual abuse on children in the country needs urgent action.

Her call comes after the release of the rape and sexual offences statistics by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Ms McKenzie said people needed to be serious about the issue as 55 per cent of the victims were under the age of 18 — and these were statistics for reported cases only.

"Children are taken advantaged of in their own families," she said.

"I am reacting to the incident where a 54-year-old sexually assaulted and raped his own six-year-old granddaughter."

She said SC Fiji had been working directly with children to empower them to report cases of abuse.

"When children take the extreme difficult step of reporting abuse, we need to ensure they are properly supported and get the help they need.

"The more children speak up, the more prosecution can happen."

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