Sexual abuse – Fijians urged to take note of ‘startling’ cases

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali stresses a point during the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women campaign in Suva. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali has called on Fijians to take note of the “startling” child sexual abuse cases reported this year and the number of brutal deaths that had occurred as a result of domestic violence.

“Do not be a spectator, stop being a bystander, and report domestic violence and sexual abuse when you see it,” she said in a strong message issued yesterday at the launch of 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women campaign.

Ms Ali said 39 women had lost their lives through domestic violence over the past eight years, “murdered” by their husbands and partners.

Ms Ali also said the 122 child sexual abuse cases reported to the FWCC from January to October was “startling”.

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